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Monday, April 27, 2020

Alex Rodriguez Weighs In On Michael Jordan’s Baseball Career

It feels like the entire sports world is watching “The Last Dance,” and the numbers don’t lie. Last Sunday’s docuseries on Michael Jordan and the six-time champion Chicago Bulls became the most-watched ESPN documentary ever, averaging just over 6 million viewers.

The documentary caught the eye of Alex Rodriguez, though he has been watching Jordan closely for the past 30 years.

As a child, Rodriguez was in awe of Jordan. He watched from home in Miami as Jordan dominated, capturing his imagination with each dunk. He found himself living vicariously through His Airness in defeats to the Detroit Pistons and celebrations as the Bulls took their place as NBA champions.

The Sunday Night Baseball analyst is now able to relate to Jordan in a way few others can. Both were constantly in the spotlight during their playing days in and out of games, as well as met with unrelenting criticism until a championship trophy was hoisted. During the course of Rodriguez’s career, he formed a friendship with Jordan, witnessing his legendary competitive streak up close and in person.

I get Miami residents not rooting for their baseball team- but the Heat have won more NBA championships than the Knicks!

 

QLE Posted: April 27, 2020 at 12:22 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, espn, michael jordan

Friday, April 24, 2020

MLB The Show Players League games to air on ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 & MLB Network

Select games from the final 10 days of the MLB The Show Players League, including the Playoff tournament, will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and MLB Network beginning this Thursday, April 23rd. The Players League is benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada with a total of $175,000 being donated across the 30 MLB Club communities.

ESPN2 will broadcast select regular season matchups this Thursday and Saturday from the first-ever competitive league of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s MLB The Show, solely featuring Major League players. MLB Network will broadcast select regular season matchups this Sunday, April 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET. MLB Network will also air a one-hour MLB The Show: Recap program highlighting the latest action in the tournament on Sunday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Following these regular season contests, the top eight teams advance to a Playoff tournament slated for air on ESPN, ESPN2 and FS1.

The Quarterfinals begin Friday night, May 1st, on FS1 with two best-of-three series. The Quarterfinals continue on Saturday afternoon, May 2nd, on ESPN2, before the Semifinals Saturday evening. ESPN2 and FS1 will each air a best-of-three Semifinal series on Saturday night, May 2nd. The winners of each Semifinal face off in the best-of-five Championship Series on Sunday, May 3rd, on ESPN. (A complete schedule is attached to the end of this release).

Last week, Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) launched the formation of the league where 30 players are representing their Major League Clubs in this inaugural online event to engage fans around the world and raise funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada. The lineup includes 11 former All-Stars, five World Series Champions, and eight players age 25 or younger. Each participant is playing in a round-robin format (i.e., playing every team one time) for a total of 29 regular season, three-inning games.

Does this mean that they were willing to agree to the terms that the KBO objected to?

 

QLE Posted: April 24, 2020 at 12:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, espn, fs1, mlb network, mlb the show

Thursday, April 23, 2020

ESPN – KBO broadcasting deal in jeopardy after ESPN tried to acquire rights for free

Yonhap News is reporting that ESPN’s attempt to acquire broadcasting rights to the KBO League, South Korea’s major baseball league, might be coming up short due to ESPN wanting the rights for free.

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ESPN’s desire to show Korean baseball was understandable given the lack of ongoing American sports, but free broadcasting rights are quite an outlandish request. The KBO has practically all of the leverage in this scenario given that ESPN has the need for content, and the league has that content. It’s unclear where exactly ESPN got the idea that they could somehow show KBO games without having to pay for the right to do so.

Mind you, in certain regards this behavior (such as it is) isn’t a surprise- note how many of the second-tier events on the Worldwide Leader got to them by paying for the airtime.

 

QLE Posted: April 23, 2020 at 01:01 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, greed, korean baseball

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Report: ESPN inquires about broadcasting Korean baseball

Oh please let this happen!

It is unknown when the Major League Baseball season will finally be able to get underway, but baseball may be returning to American airwaves soon.

According to Daniel Kim, who covers MLB and the Korean Baseball Organization, ESPN has approached the KBO about broadcasting its games during the shutdown.

Weekly Journalist_ Posted: April 14, 2020 at 11:06 AM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, kbo, korean baseball

Monday, March 02, 2020

ESPN hires Chipper Jones for ‘Wednesday Night Baseball’

In the seven years since his retirement, former Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has dabbled in broadcasting, making regular visits to the TV booth. In 2020, Jones is making it official. ESPN has hired the Hall of Famer to broadcast 20 games as a color analyst during their “Wednesday Night Baseball” broadcasts.

Jones is replacing David Ross, the former Braves catcher who left the position at ESPN to take over as manager of the Chicago Cubs.

“A lot of people don’t know this, but if I hadn’t played baseball, if I had gone to college, I would have majored in communications,” said Jones, who was the No. 1 overall pick of the draft by the Braves in 1990. “I wanted to be a broadcaster. I really have fun talking the game. I feel like I have something to impart upon the people tuning in, and I have fun doing it. I get the chance to do it on probably the biggest stage you can, maybe next to ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ (on ESPN).”

The Hall of Fame hitter earned a reputation among his Braves teammates for virtually “rolling out of bed” and getting two hits in a game. This hire has a similar feel. Jones has worked two full games in a broadcast booth ever – once last year for ESPN and once last year for a Braves regional broadcast for Fox Sports - but his on-air presence is so polished that the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” took notice.

Something to watch for as the season begins, to see how he performers compared to his fellow color commentators.

QLE Posted: March 02, 2020 at 12:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, chipper jones, espn

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

ESPN is reportedly removing Jessica Mendoza from Sunday Night Baseball

It appears that ESPN is set to take Jessica Mendoza off Sunday Night Baseball. There’s been a lot of criticism of the “disaster” of the current SNB booth (Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, and Mendoza) overall, and Mendoza in particular herself has been under incredible fire recently for her comments across ESPN shows bashing Mike Fiers for blowing the whistle on the Houston Astros’ electronic sign stealing (which drew extra criticism considering her role with the New York Mets and their hire of key Astros’ scandal figure Carlos Beltran).

Now, Andrew Marchand of The New York Post has reported that Mendoza appears set to be reassigned, although it’s not 100 percent certain yet:

“ESPN is working toward removing Jessica Mendoza from its “Sunday Night Baseball” booth, The Post has learned.

As for the rest of the SNB booth, ESPN executives are still determining its plan, though, Alex Rodriguez has been assured that he is welcomed back, according to sources.”

Should we be sending our cover letters and CVs to the Worldwide Leader?

QLE Posted: January 28, 2020 at 12:31 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, espn, jessica mendoza

 

 

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