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4 minutes ago, drsamuel84 said:

I have a hard time believing Boomer is waking up every morning at 4:00am for $250k a year especially with all his other jobs.

That was my thought too. Boomer probably makes more. 

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2 hours ago, C Mart said:

It's shocking but not surprising considering the way he talked about gambling. 

I listen to the show an hour each day on the commute to work and Carton's constant talking about gambling as if it's so commonplace and everyone does it always led me to believe he was a bigtime gambler.  I never knew why WFAN let him riff on the subject all-in probably 2 hours a week. 

I like the show, mostly for Boomer and Recco, but turned it off whenever a gambling segment came up as it didn't interest me and I felt it was as wrong as someone talking about the benefits of smoking or alcoholism.

I feel for his young family.  Finanically ruined and ridiculed.  They don't deserve what's coming.  Not to mention the FAN-  losing their 2 top shows to retirement and lawlessness, this could take them down.

SAR I

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10 minutes ago, drsamuel84 said:

I have a hard time believing Boomer is waking up every morning at 4:00am for $250k a year especially with all his other jobs.

1. Who says he is? That's Carton's salary.

2. More than the money, it helps to keep Boomer relevant. If he gets booted from NFL pregame/Halftime Report type gigs like he got booted from MNF, he's still in the public eye.

3. He may just enjoy doing it. He gets to go on & on with a big audience for his boring stories and further promote his Gunnar foundations in a way he simply can't on a gameday gig as part of a 5-man roundtable during pregame & halftime.

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2 hours ago, Bruce Harper said:

No DA involved.  Federal prosecutions are in a different category.  And there are MANDATORY sentencing guidelines.

I see so his only hope is if his lawyers can sell any inside info to the feds Carton may know about bigger fish or if a jury feels pity for the father of 4 with a gambling addiction.

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4 minutes ago, SAR I said:

I listen to the show an hour each day on the commute to work and Carton's constant talking about gambling as if it's so commonplace and everyone does it always led me to believe he was a bigtime gambler.  I never knew why WFAN let him riff on the subject all-in probably 2 hours a week. 

I like the show, mostly for Boomer and Recco, but turned it off whenever a gambling segment came up as it didn't interest me and I felt it was as wrong as someone talking about the benefits of smoking or alcoholism.

I feel for his young family.  Finanically ruined and ridiculed.  They don't deserve what's coming.  Not to mention the FAN-  losing their 2 top shows to retirement and lawlessness, this could take them down.

SAR I

I pay too much in taxes to gamble. I too feel for the guys family. Selfish. At some point gotta be honest with yourself and get help. 

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5 hours ago, SAR I said:

I listen to the show an hour each day on the commute to work and Carton's constant talking about gambling as if it's so commonplace and everyone does it always led me to believe he was a bigtime gambler.  I never knew why WFAN let him riff on the subject all-in probably 2 hours a week. 

I like the show, mostly for Boomer and Recco, but turned it off whenever a gambling segment came up as it didn't interest me and I felt it was as wrong as someone talking about the benefits of smoking or alcoholism.

I feel for his young family.  Finanically ruined and ridiculed.  They don't deserve what's coming.  Not to mention the FAN-  losing their 2 top shows to retirement and lawlessness, this could take them down.

SAR I

Agree. I always thought at the very least he was opening up himself to an IRS audit. 

Like you, I like Boomer, Recco, Eddie & Al. Have to hope Al survives this. He's tied in showwise w/CC. 

and agree regarding his family. They didn't do this

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1 hour ago, C Mart said:

$250k for a highly rated drive time morning show on WFAN/NYC seems awful low. 

I was thinking the exact same thing. Couldn't believe he wasn't making like $700k.

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Maybe he gave up CC?

Promoter busted for running ‘Hamilton’ Ponzi scheme

By Kaja Whitehouse

January 28, 2017

A Manhattan concert promoter who has boasted of putting on shows for Billy Joel and Sting was busted Friday for an alleged fraud involving Broadway’s hit musical “Hamilton.”

Joseph Meli, of Advance Entertainment, tricked wealthy investors into handing him millions of dollars because they believed he had an exclusive deal with the producer of “Hamilton” to buy tickets in bulk, which he said he would sell for a profit, Manhattan federal prosecutors said Friday.

In reality there was no deal, and Meli and his co-conspirators spent the money on jewelry, private-school tuitions, at casinos and to repay other investors, the feds said.

Meli also led investors to believe their money would go toward putting on an Adele concert, according to a parallel case. The judge granted Meli bail after his lawyer, Michael Bowen, said he was draining his bank account to pay his lawyers.

http://nypost.com/2017/01/28/promoter-busted-for-running-hamilton-ponzi-scheme/

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Carton seemed to have multiple serious mental conditions, he never slept, his ADHD is off the charts bad, among others he has divulged, and some he hasn't, or didn't realize he had.  These type of issues usually lead to serious gambling issues, and/or drug issues, and medications can make compulsive gambling worse. 

Now none of this excuses what he did, but can be used to view how I can see him ending up in such a situation.

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A lot of piling on in this thread and tbh some well deserved since he as quick to call people out on air and did make some enemies.  At the same time he's also done a lot of good with some of his charity events.  I think as others have said he's just someone with a lot of demons who always seems to find trouble.  A lot of people would kill for his life, making really good money (Sorry I just don't believe the $250k number probably closer to a $1 million), talking sports, only working 4 hours a day, getting a ton of vacation time.  So it's easy to hate on him out of jealousy but at the same time he's a human with a family and children old enough to understand what's happening so at the end of the day this is just a sad situation and while he did this to himself you have to feel for his family.

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1 hour ago, C Mart said:

I'd say that's safe to say.

Barclays still has the Boomer & Carton Kitchen (although I'd guess not for long). 

I can't see Boomer wanting his name attached to anything to do w/Carton again

JMO I don't think anyone on the show directly knew about this but I don't think any are surprised something like this could happen with him. Maybe not to this degree but you could tell he had demons.  

Hate to bring it up but what about his charity he setup. Have to hope he hasn't tapped into that. 

I've known gambling degenerates like carton and if I was involved in that charity I would be hiring a forensic accountant to make sure Carton didn't do anything shady. It's going to be very hard for Carton to come back from this.  

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30 minutes ago, The Crusher said:

I pay too much in taxes to gamble. I too feel for the guys family. Selfish. At some point gotta be honest with yourself and get help. 

Years ago I had a friend who lived in Vegas, back in 82. Lost $40 in like 2 minutes & I was like "I work to hard to lose money that quickly", never gambled again. Now I stand behind lines of people buying scratch tickets with their paychecks in the same states who voted against Casinos. Hypocrites these states, so virtuous but they advertise these games on TV & suck the last dimes out of these suckers. 

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50 minutes ago, SAR I said:

I listen to the show an hour each day on the commute to work and Carton's constant talking about gambling as if it's so commonplace and everyone does it always led me to believe he was a bigtime gambler.  I never knew why WFAN let him riff on the subject all-in probably 2 hours a week. 

I like the show, mostly for Boomer and Recco, but turned it off whenever a gambling segment came up as it didn't interest me and I felt it was as wrong as someone talking about the benefits of smoking or alcoholism.

I feel for his young family.  Finanically ruined and ridiculed.  They don't deserve what's coming.  Not to mention the FAN-  losing their 2 top shows to retirement and lawlessness, this could take them down.

SAR I

The audience is already established. It doesn't take much to troll Jets fans (we should know) into tuning in, no matter the quality of the on-air talent. Hell, Beningo has a job.

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28 minutes ago, Lupz27 said:

Carton seemed to have multiple serious mental conditions, he never slept, his ADHD is off the charts bad, among others he has divulged, and some he hasn't, or didn't realize he had.  These type of issues usually lead to serious gambling issues, and/or drug issues, and medications can make compulsive gambling worse. 

Now none of this excuses what he did, but can be used to view how I can see him ending up in such a situation.

Also, he's a jackass.

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53 minutes ago, SAR I said:

I listen to the show an hour each day on the commute to work and Carton's constant talking about gambling as if it's so commonplace and everyone does it always led me to believe he was a bigtime gambler.  I never knew why WFAN let him riff on the subject all-in probably 2 hours a week. 

I like the show, mostly for Boomer and Recco, but turned it off whenever a gambling segment came up as it didn't interest me and I felt it was as wrong as someone talking about the benefits of smoking or alcoholism.

I feel for his young family.  Finanically ruined and ridiculed.  They don't deserve what's coming.  Not to mention the FAN-  losing their 2 top shows to retirement and lawlessness, this could take them down.

SAR I

read an article they may open up the checkbook for Francesa to stay a little bit longer.  Just an opinion article based on no facts but if the money is right then Francesa may want to stay for another year or so.  

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7 minutes ago, BallinPB said:

read an article they may open up the checkbook for Francesa to stay a little bit longer.  Just an opinion article based on no facts but if the money is right then Francesa may want to stay for another year or so.  

Read the same thing.  I think it makes a lot of sense for both sides.  With Carton likely out they get to keep some sort of consistency and familiarity with Francesca and on Francesca's side he gets a blank check while also getting to "Save face" and saying he's doing it for the company.  If this does happen though they either need to reduce his air time and please get this guy a partner.

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I am sure he was making more than that considering that they were also simulcasted on CBS Sports Network and his business at the Barclays Center.

That being said...he has basically flushed his career down the toilet the same way Sid Rosenberg did when he was at the FAN. Boomer has to much going on with the FAN, doing NFL games for Westwood One and CBS and his own foundation to at this point have anything to do with Carton.

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49 minutes ago, Jetster said:

Years ago I had a friend who lived in Vegas, back in 82. Lost $40 in like 2 minutes & I was like "I work to hard to lose money that quickly", never gambled again. Now I stand behind lines of people buying scratch tickets with their paychecks in the same states who voted against Casinos. Hypocrites these states, so virtuous but they advertise these games on TV & suck the last dimes out of these suckers. 

I buy ten bags of twizzlers at a time. Very happy with return on investment.

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Carton is a such a grade A dickwad that it's hard to sympathize for him, but gambling is a disease. Conflicted about how I feel about this, contrary to my earlier post. Feel bad for his family.  And for the record, I enjoyed listening to him over the years, but only in small doses. As his fame and ego grew, it became harder to listen to him. 

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38 minutes ago, munchmemory said:

With his endearing personality, Carton should do quite well with the prison population.  Soon to be referred to as "shiv-recipient-boy". 

Please, assuming he goes to prison it will be a white collar gig. If he makes enemies they will probably just change his internet password or give him rougher toilet paper.

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7 minutes ago, FidelioJet said:

anyone listen to WFAN today? Are they mentioning it at all? even in the 20/20?

Listened to Francesa a little bit nohting was mentioned.  Ofcourse, Francesa is probably dancing a jig over this.

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1 hour ago, Integrity28 said:

The audience is already established. It doesn't take much to troll Jets fans (we should know) into tuning in, no matter the quality of the on-air talent. Hell, Beningo has a job.

I'm thinking the advertisers will pull back significantly from the morning show and with Francesa leaving likely the same thing on the afternoon drive show.  At the very least, Carton's actions are going to cause layoffs and FAN / advertiser turmoil. 

SAR I

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20 minutes ago, ChuckkieB said:

Carton is a such a grade A dickwad that it's hard to sympathize for him, but gambling is a disease. Conflicted about how I feel about this, contrary to my earlier post. Feel bad for his family.  And for the record, I enjoyed listening to him over the years, but only in small doses. As his fame and ego grew, it became harder to listen to him. 

Carton is so obsessed with the Howard Stern Show and it's not only reflected in his crappy morning show that somehow people listen to but it's also his lifestyle.  The $250k per year in rent to live in a NY condo is him trying imitate Howard's lifestlye because he has a double-penthouse on the same block in Manhattan.  The Gambling is him trying to out-degenerate the degenerate Artie Lange.

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