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Thursday’s Mashup: Mike Francesa will not be joining Barstool Sports after WFAN

Lucy Burdge
December 07, 2017 - 7:36 am

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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: LA Lakers at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Houston at Utah, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NFL: New Orleans at Atlanta, 8:25 p.m. (Amazon, NBC, NFL Network)
NHL: Arizona at Boston, 7p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

-- Mike Francesa is set to retire next week and his post-WFAN plans are unknown but he ruled out one potential next step on Wednesday.

When a caller asked Francesa if he would be joining Barstool Sports after he leaves radio on Dec. 15, Francesa said no but praised the company.

“I like the Barstool guys,” Francesa said. “They’ve created a lot of … ah, you know .. uh .. t-shirts about me which all have been well done. They created another one this past week, but …”

The caller then mentioned Barstool’s new Sirius channel.

“So I don’t … You know what? I think that my day of being part of that group is past … I think that it’s for somebody else,” Francesa continued. “I think that first of all, I don’t think that they need me. They have their own group. Um .. they have their own traveling troupe. They know what they’re doing and again, I just think that my day doing something like that with that kind of ensemble is gone. I think those guys have a good job. They’re characters. I get a kick out of them. And again, listen, they not for ten year olds, ok? They can be a little edgy so you gotta be … you get gotta already … understand the world … you gotta be 17-18 years old before you’re gonna be involved with them. So you can’t be 10 or 12 to listen to them.”

Last week, Francesa hypothetically discussed becoming the manager of the Yankees but the team hired Aaron Boone as manager so that’s out too.

-- NBA owners James Dolan and Marc Lasry have been named as defendants along with other current and former members of the Harvey Weinstein Company’s board of directors accusing them of covering up Weinstein’s rampant sexual assault.

Dolan, the owner of the Knicks, and Lasry, the Bucks owner, are both former directors at the Harvey Weinstein Company and were named among a dozen defendants in the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Manhattan Federal Court by six women who claim Weinstein assaulted them.  

The lawsuit claims the two owners “knew of Weinstein’s pattern and practice of predatory sexual conduct toward women from his personal relationship with Weinstein and his position as a director of TWC.”

In a joint statement, the women said, “Harvey Weinstein is a predator. [Current Weinstein Company chairman> Bob [Weinstein> knew it. The board knew it. The lawyers knew it. The private investigators knew it. Hollywood knew it. We knew it. Now the world knows it.”

Dolan was a member of the company’s board of directors from mid-2015 to June 2016. He left abruptly but Weinstein stated the two were still friends. Lasry took over for Dolan in 2016 and resigned in October when the sexual assault allegations against Weinstein were reported.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I feel good about where we're headed. We've got a long way to go. Number one concern headed into the season was going to be familiarity, and learning how to play together ... You're not going to have it every night at the highest of high levels on both ends of the court. There are nights like that, but if you can do it most of the time, or most of the possessions, then you've got a good chance." -- Brad Stevens, after the Celtics 97-90 win over the Mavericks Wednesday night

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