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Shan Shariff: ‘I May Cry If Charles Barkley Goes To The LIV Tour’

“You know he’s making bank now. He works one night a week!”

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There has been a lot of speculation, on this site and others, this week about whether or not Charles Barkley should join up with LIV Golf. The TNT NBA analyst is set to take a meeting with the Saudi-backed golf promotion.

One media pundit that is making his feelings clear is Shan Shariff. The 105.3 The Fan morning man was blunt in his assessment of the news on Wednesday morning.

“Man this story bothered me,” he said.

Shariff said that it is hard to see how this makes sense for either Barkley or LIV. There is currently no broadcasting deal in place, and he has trouble seeing one happening for the tour any time soon. How would paying Barkley help?

Plus, with Dan Patrick saying that Barkley realizes he may have to leave TNT in order to work for LIV Golf, Shariff says fans could end up losing something great for something most of them won’t be watching anyway.

“I may actually shed a tear, the way RJ did the day the Masters was canceled if this actually happened. Please, Sports God! No!”

Shariff’s partner, RJ Choppy, is on the opposite end. He wants the move to happen, because he is tired of hearing about how great Inside the NBA is. He also thinks that Barkley would be a great fit for LIV Golf, because their events are not as serious and the coverage doesn’t cater to golf purists the way the PGA Tour does.

“It’s a party. It’s different,” he said. “It’s not your stuffy PGA Tour. It’s better.”

Shan Shariff says realisitcally he cannot see Barkley giving up what he has at TNT for LIV Golf. Sure, it is less work and the paycheck may be huge, but he would lose the noteriety and the appeal to people outside of the sports world.

On top of that, a meeting with LIV Golf may be nothing but leverage against TNT. The lifestyle advantage that a gig with the LIV Tour may give Barkley could be negligible.

“You know he’s making bank now. He works one night a week!”

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Sports Gambling Podcast Network To Stage 24-Hour Fantasy Football Draft

“The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed Draft Day 2.0.”

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If you’re serious about Fantasy Football, the Sports Gambling Podcast Network is bringing back a tradition you’ll want to pay attention to. 

For the second year in a row, Ryan Kramer will draft 24 different teams over the course of a 24 hour marathon that will be streamed across multiple video platforms. 

“Fortunately, the analytics research is done so I can focus now on news coming out of the camps to sharpen my views and deliver the well-reasoned selections that people need to get an edge in their drafting,” Kramer said in a press release. “It’s a bit of an audacious undertaking, but the growing phenomenon of Fantasy Football deserves this level of commitment and our SGPN audiences always respond.” 

The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed “Draft Day 2.0”. All of the content will originate from the Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s studios in Los Angeles. 

The marathon will also be a fundraiser. The network is using GoFundMe to raise funds for a colleague named Darryl injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of Sports Gambling Podcast Network branded apperal will also go to the effort. 

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Cumulus Announces 790 The Score in Rhode Island is Officially On The Air

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

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After reporting last week that Kevin McNamara would be the station’s only local host in the programming lineup, 790 The Score in Providence, Rhode Island is officially on the air.

The station, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, has been revived and will serve as the market’s first sports and sports betting station.

“The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage,” said Holly Paras, VP and market manager of Cumulus Providence. “We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch some of the top national talent on the airwaves throughout the day and night. This includes hosts like Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

McNamara will host his show Kevin Mac Sports Hour daily from 5-7 p.m.

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Paul Finebaum Will Make $700k Advance Ahead of Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher Book

Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

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Though there’s still some time before a finished products reaches bookshelves, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is reportedly set to get a nice six-figure advance by Penguin Press.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

Back in the spring things came to a head between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, as the two engaged in a verbal spat in separate press conferences over name, image and likeness.

Saban said Fisher and his staff utilized NIL and “bought every player” in the Aggies’ spring 2022 recruiting class.

Things got so heated and drew so many headlines that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey had to step in and try to get the former colleagues to cool it.

Finebaum is teaming up with Alabama beat reporter John Talty to write the book.

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