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1 minute ago, SAR I said:

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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34 minutes ago, SAR I said:

As a result of today, Mike stands to make the $5.6M Carton needed. Ironic, to say the least. 

LMAO! Ironic indeed. By the way, watching the show they did at Florham Park he was so damn fidgety & bouncing around so much I thought Boomer was going to go into an epileptic fit. It was like he hadn't slept for a week. Dude must of known this was coming & suffered from some severe insomnia.

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8 hours ago, Super Bowl before I die said:

Moose.

Who is Moose?  Marc Malusis?  If so, I can't stand that guy.  I know most people won't like my choice but one of the few people on WFAN that I like is Richard Neer.  I know most people probably think he's too boring though.  Also, I think bringing back Jody Mac wouldn't be a terrible thing.  And I'm also a fan of Sid Rosenberg.  I think he could potentially replace Francesa.

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It's not criminal to be in debt. Why the **** did he do this elaborate scheme? He makes a ton of money he couldn't get a loan to cover his debt?

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Just now, Jetsbb said:

It's not criminal to be in debt. Why the **** did he do this elaborate scheme? He makes a ton of money he couldn't get a loan to cover his debt?

I'm guessing the guy he owed $850,000 to wasn't willing to wait very long to get paid

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I was never a fan of his as a radio host but I feel terrible for the guy and for his wife and kids.  It sounds like he has a severe gambling addiction and his life really spiraled out of control.  I can only imagine what's going through his head right now.  (note he's out on bail at the moment)

One thing he has going for him is that he has a heck of a story.  Maybe he can write a book and make a lot of money that way?

Also I know this isn't going to happen but how amazing would it be if Francesa (who apparently Carton has kind of a feud with) ponied up a few hundred thousand to help out Carton's wife and kids.  That would really make Francesa the good guy and be one heck of a way to exit from the station!  Pretty sure he's going to continue working (and for big bucks) so I'm sure he could afford it.  I know it's not going to happen but that would be an incredible story.

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3 hours ago, SAR I said:

I know I'm almost alone in the sentiment, but I'd openly welcome Mike staying on another year.   New York sports radio is awful to begin with, there's nothing after he goes.

If you look at this from a WFAN competition standpoint, ESPN and Sirius XM could give Francesa a ridiculous payday to put the station in the rearview mirror forever.   Hit 'em while they're down, grab the Francesa audience, grab the demo, grab the advertisers.

As a result of today, Mike stands to make the $5.6M Carton needed. Ironic, to say the least. 

SAR I

You're definitely not alone on this.  I can't stand Francesa's ego but it actually kind of makes the show funny.  As far as him as a sports analyst, I'm not necessarily a big fan but there are far worse than him out there.  

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6 hours ago, C Mart said:

A second lawsuit filed against Carton this past May accused him of skipping out on $114,116.13 in rent on a Soho business office leases under the name Advance — one of his bogus ticket-selling companies.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/craig-carton-boomer-carton-co-host-arrested-fbi-article-1.3473530

Thanks

This is a serious charge when it is coupled with the other charges.  

I just caution everyone from jumping on the guy, the law has undergone a tremendous metamorphosis the last 15 years and systemic abuse is ridiculous.  

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4 hours ago, shawn306 said:

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.

I remember Sid being at WFAN but I don't remember how he "flushed his career down the toilet".  What was that story?

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14 minutes ago, Joe W. Namath said:

Goes on crack benders and disappears for days.

Oh wow?  Really?  I just looked at a pic of Sid Rosenberg and he look like a muscle-head d-bag.

 

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9 hours ago, Bruce Harper said:

I like to gamble as much as the next guy but I have a hard time understanding how a guy making 250k runs up 5.4 million in gambling debts.  And none of his co-workers or bosses had an inkling of what was going on?

Your right ..let's call this what it is , i actually like Boomer more than most Jet fans ...but he had to know something . 

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8 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

Quality stuff Sar...agreed . 

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28 minutes ago, Jolot said:

Your right ..let's call this what it is , i actually like Boomer more than most Jet fans ...but he had to know something . 

As someone mentioned earlier just because you work with someone doesn't mean you KNOW them and all of their dealings.  Now is this a total shock to Boomer?  I bet off the record he'd say maybe not to this degree but not a total shock. 

Anyone that listened to him over the yrs can be shocked it's to this degree but are we really surprised? I'm not.

I feel for his wife and kids. 

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8 hours 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.

Even if Carton was making the reported $250k doesn't mean Boomer was making the same. Boomer had the much more recognizable name going into the pairing.

Also wouldn't be surprised if the new piaring was Boomer and Sims (Chris not Phil) He was afrequent fill in for Carton.

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12 minutes ago, C Mart said:

As someone mentioned earlier just because you work with someone doesn't mean you KNOW them and all of their dealings.  Now is this a total shock to Boomer?  I bet off the record he'd say maybe not to this degree but not a total shock. 

Anyone that listened to him over the yrs can be shocked it's to this degree but are we really surprised? I'm not.

I feel for his wife and kids. 

I agree with your premise , but they are more than co workers ...they've been referring to each other as outside of work best friends for years now ..this hurts Boomers credibility big time . 

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I dont feel bad for the guy at all but certainly do for his wife and kids. He just turned their lived upside down for no good reason. I actually used to like Carton when he was on the radio in NJ and at the start of his run on WFAN. Eventually he ran his course with me. I mean if you are going to do a sports show you should actually have to pay attention to the games themselves. Boomer does for the Rangers and NFL stuff but Craig doesnt do much but a few bits and pieces of Yankees games and the two local NFL teams. There is just no content there but I guess thats what most people want as they were a highly rated show. 

Cant see how anyone is surprised at the gambling. The way he spoke about gambling on the radio you would think he lived in a Vegas sportsbook.   It was way beyond the typical gambling stuff that is usually on sports talk which consists of picking NFL games and some season over/unders.  And hes such a fraud going so crazy over Madoff and the Mets when apparently that was just inspiration for him. 

This is certainly bad for WFAN. Who knows how he represented himself in these things and the WFAN celebrity I am sure added credibility. Now they have to worry about if anyone at the station knew about this, if he was skimming money from all the charity stuff they constantly let him plug, and finding a new co-host for the program at the same time Francesa is probably going out as well. Its awful publicity and they cant even really speak on it until they know more. They dont really have anyone in the pipeline as replacements and WFAN looks like its in as bad a shape as when Stern left FM or when Opie & Anthony got kicked off WNEW and that whole format tanked as soon as that happened. 

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11 minutes ago, Jolot said:

I agree with your premise , but they are more than co workers ...they've been referring to each other as outside of work best friends for years now ..this hurts Boomers credibility big time . 

IMO that's shtick especially Craig's. 

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15 minutes ago, 20andOut said:

Even if Carton was making the reported $250k doesn't mean Boomer was making the same. Boomer had the much more recognizable name going into the pairing.

Also wouldn't be surprised if the new piaring was Boomer and Sims (Chris not Phil) He was afrequent fill in for Carton.

Agree. At least through football season.  Phil is already filling in tomorrow. 

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