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ESPN Discussing Role For David Cone

“Last year, Alex Rodriguez called five games on the network with Kay and Cone. Marchand reports that both ARod and ESPN executives were impressed by the chemistry they saw.”

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ESPN have its eyes on adding another former New York Yankee to its roster of MLB analysts. Andrew Marchand of The New York Post reports that the network has been in discussions with David Cone and is looking for the right fit for him in Bristol.

It is no secret that ESPN has considered shaking up its Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team. Marchand reports that a role on the broadcast for Cone has been discussed. In the wake of criticism both Jessica Mendoza and the network have received about Mendoza’s conflict of interest in calling games for ESPN while working for a Major League Baseball team, Marchand speculates that the subject of Cone’s involvement in Sunday Night Baseball is gaining some more heat with network executives.

Cone has been an analyst on the YES Network alongside Michael Kay in the Yankees’ TV booth. Last year, Alex Rodriguez called five games on the network with Kay and Cone. Marchand reports that both ARod and ESPN executives were impressed by the chemistry they saw.

Another motivating factor for a change could be the desire to add the perspective of former pitcher to ESPN’s marquee MLB broadcast. Rodriguez played shortstop and third base in his MLB career. Mendoza won Olympic gold as an outfielder on the US softball team.

Jessica Mendoza still has multiple years left on her contract with ESPN, so it is possible the network will not make a change. A shakeup to the Sunday Night Baseball booth isn’t the only way Cone could join the Worldwide Leader in Sports either. The network has to replace several studio analysts including David Ross, who will be the new manager of the Chicago Cubs and Ryan Howard, who chose not to re-sign with the network after just one season on the job.

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Potential Big Ten/ESPN Deal Did Not Include ESPN Plus Option

“I’ve been told ESPN’s deal did not include direct-to-consumer on ESPN+, it was a strict linear television deal.”

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ESPN, BIG TEN

A shockwave went thru the sports media landscape on Tuesday when reports surfaced that the Big Ten would not be awarding a media rights deal with longtime partner ESPN. Since then, more details have come out about why the two might not be in business together after this season.

On The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast, John Ourand added another piece of the puzzle that could offer some illumination. According to his reporting and sources, ESPN wanted to be able to offer Big Ten games on their direct-to-consumer streaming option, ESPN+ and the Big Ten didn’t receive that well.

“I’ve been told ESPN’s deal did not include direct-to-consumer on ESPN+, it was a strict linear television deal.”

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Bill Spaulding to Become New Jersey Devils New TV Play-by-Play Voice

Spaulding will replace Steve Cangialosi on the MSG Network broadcasts.

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New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils will have a new TV play-by-play voice when the puck drops on the 2022-23 season in October.

According to sources, Ryan Novozinsky of NJ.com reported the team has hired Bill Spaulding for the job. Spaulding will replace Steve Cangialosi on the MSG Network broadcasts.

Cangialosi left as the team’s play-by-play man at the end of this past season. He had been with the team for 11 seasons.

Spaulding is a Syracuse University grad and has previously called Olympic hockey, as well as college games, on NBC. Additionally, Spaulding has experience calling college sports for ESPN. He’s a recipient of the Jim Nantz Award, which is given each year to the nation’s top collegiate sportscaster.

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FOX Says NFL Ad Sales Up From 2021, ‘Record Pricing’ Expected for Super Bowl LVII

“It’s obviously such a huge year for us,” Murdoch added later. “We’re looking forward to getting record pricing for the Super Bowl.”

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Super Bowl 57

FOX shared some lucrative news with investors on its quarterly earnings call on Wednesday. The network said sales for the NFL season are in a very short word: up.

FOX CEO Lachlan Murdoch said “We sold more NFL Sunday advertising in the current upfront market than we did across Sunday and Thursday combined in the prior year’s market.”

He also went on to note that didn’t include commitments made for the network’s presentation of Super Bowl 57 in February.

“This excludes advertising commitments for the upcoming Super Bowl, where we are pacing well ahead of schedule and seeing very robust demand and record pricing levels.”

FOX began selling Super Bowl 57 ads last summer.

Murdoch didn’t share specific numbers regarding Super Bowl sales but in comparison, NBCUniversal sold 3-second spots for upwards of $7 million this last February.

“It’s obviously such a huge year for us,” Murdoch added later. “We’re looking forward to getting record pricing for the Super Bowl, and we’re well ahead of plan in terms of selling our Super Bowl positions.”

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