Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Paul Finebaum agrees to book deal

Paul Finebaum agrees to book deal with HarperCollins for memoir about his radio show
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Sports-talk radio personality Paul Finebaum has agreed to a major book deal with publisher HarperCollins to co-write a memoir about his popular call-in show, "The Paul Finebaum Radio Network," and its impact on SEC football.

"Primarily, it's about the culture of the show and how the culture of the show interacts with the SEC," Finebaum told AL.com. "But it does quickly go through my career and how we got to this point.

"There will be commentary on why the SEC is better than everyone else," Finebaum added. "It will certainly talk about the dominance of not only Alabama, but the conference. The (radio) show will be woven in and out of the book, featuring little vignettes on the callers."

This book is a slam dunk to stay on the New York Times Bestseller List for a solid year.

What are the chances that it comes out on or about the start of SEC Media Days?

What are the chances that it talks about bag men, death threats, tree poisoners and whatnot?

Love him or hate him, listened to his show or didn't, there's no denying his influence in shaping opinion on college sports in the southeast. It was probably his show that led to the change-of-heart Rich Rodriguez had when considering the Alabama coaching gig in December 2006. It was probably his show that led to the beginning of the end of the Gene Chizik era at Auburn. Beyond all reasonable doubt, there are coaches, administrators and power players that have either cursed him in church or thanked Providence for his influence.

But it was also his show that led to the fanaticism of people like Harvey Updyke and Mark Green. One of those is about to be imprisoned; the other is on that most unfortunate side of the grass.

People have alternately compared him to Jerry Springer and Mike Wallace. The former due to the circus-like nature of the caller interaction; the former due to Finebaum's well-honed interviewing skills.

With gravitas like that, and with a potential catapult to the same stage as Colin Cowherd, Scott Van Pelt and Dan Patrick looming in the weeks or months ahead, why not pen a book?

What could possibly go wrong?


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