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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Adnan Virk seeks settlement, denies leaking ESPN information: ‘I did nothing wrong’

Former ESPN personality Adnan Virk is seeking a settlement with the network that fired him after he reportedly leaked confidential information about its broadcast plans.

A rising star who called baseball games, hosted “Baseball Tonight” and made regular appearances on ESPN’s radio network, Virk addressed his firing in a Tuesday in a statement to the New York Post.

Sadly, this is still less embarrassing than FOX’s coverage of baseball….

 

QLE Posted: February 13, 2019 at 04:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, espn

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Bob Costas Says He’s Done With NBC After 40 Years

The Peacock quietly is losing one of its most colorful, popular and sometimes controversial broadcasters. Forty years after he joined NBC, Bob Costas quietly confirmed today that he’ll no longer work there.

“It’s all settled quietly and happily for all concerned,” Costas told The New York Post, which confirmed the news with the network. The broadcaster also told the paper that he will continue to work for MLB Network, where he’s set to take part in its Hall of Fame inductee announcement this month, along with calling 20 or so gamnes for the network.

Costas, whose contract runs into 2021, also said he’s mulling a different kind of program for MLBN. “If I do anything else, it will be a hybrid of my HBO show and Later’” he told the Post, referring to the premium channel’s On the Record with Bob Costas and the NBC late-night show he fronted from 1988-94.

Something for which attention should be paid- we seem to be rapidly heading to a world where the senior sportscaster standing is Joe Buck, and that really feels telling….

QLE Posted: January 16, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: bob costas, broadcasting, nbc

Thursday, December 13, 2018

UPDATE: WEEI denies it will change Red Sox broadcasts to a talk show format – HardballTalk

I’m not sure what’s going on but this idea sounds kinda silly.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 10:22 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, red sox

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

SportsRadioPD: Barrett: Divorce Was Inevitable For The A’s and 95.7 The Game

The problems with selling Green and Gold in a sea of Orange. Or: why the A’s were never going to get A-grade radio coverage in the Bay Area, and never accepted it.

There was also a public perception that the team wouldn’t spend money to retain key players, the stadium they played in was a mess, and ownership made it worse by continuing to tell the public they wanted no part of being in Oakland. The vibe all the way around was negative. Meanwhile, the teams across the street seemed to have everything going their way.

Reality was that the audience and advertisers had an insatiable demand for Giants, 49ers, and Warriors content, and if we hoped to compete, we needed to be talking about what mattered most to the majority. That didn’t mean the A’s and Raiders weren’t part of our content plans too, they were, but if they expected to be covered the way KNBR had the Giants, well we weren’t going to do that.

 

Greg Franklin Posted: October 31, 2018 at 02:52 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, broadcasting, giants, media, radio

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Broadcasters Rod Allen, Mario Impemba won’t return to Detroit Tigers

As expected, the Detroit Tigers will have a new television broadcast team next season.

After a late-season falling out escalated to a physical altercation on Sept. 4, longtime Fox Sports Detroit broadcasters Rod Allen and Mario Impemba will not return next season, according to multiple persons with knowledge of the situation.

The end of their lengthy run is not surprising: Both Allen and Impemba did not appear on the air for the remainder of the season after the incident.

Should we all come to Detroit and audition for these positions as a group?

QLE Posted: October 10, 2018 at 06:11 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, fired, tigers

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

MLB playoffs: Alex Bregman says Astros belong on ‘primetime television’ after day-game relegation in ALDS

I’m inclined to be sympathetic- but, then again, my perspective is skewed by being a resident of the West Coast, which gives me a perspective on live broadcasting different from that of the denizens of the Eastern and Central Time Zones…..

QLE Posted: October 09, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: alex bregman, broadcasting, primetime

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

How Alex Rodriguez whiffed in his ESPN playoff showcase

I wish I had known about the alternative broadcast on ESPN 2. I could have avoided talking to my TV and getting odd looks from my wife. The teams’ poor analysis of Freeland was especially irritating when compared to some spot on analysis of Freeland on MLB Network earlier in the day. And again, someone needs to tell the team they don’t have to fill every moment with uninteresting chatter. Please.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 03:25 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, broadcasting

 

 

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