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David Cone Not Joining Sunday Night Baseball

“Just six weeks away from having to debut their new Sunday Night Baseball broadcast, ESPN seems unlikely to add a replacement for Mendoza.”

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Spring training is underway, but ESPN still has uncertainty surrounding their Sunday Night Baseball booth. Last week they made it official, Jessica Mendoza is no longer part of the Sunday night crew, but according to The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand, David Cone won’t be her replacement.

ESPN expressed interest in adding Cone to the booth during the off-season, but the former CY Young winner told Marchand, “As far as I am concerned, no real formal offer was made.” But Cone hasn’t closed the door on possibly joining ESPN in the future. 

“We left it on good terms,” Cone added. “I’m still very much in the mix for future potential work, they said. I was happy to meet with them and to talk with them. I feel pretty good about it.”

Cone is a longtime Yankees analyst on the YES Network, a role he’ll continue this season, calling 75 games. Not joining ESPN is the second new opportunity that didn’t come to fruition for Cone this offseason after he interviewed for the Yankees pitching coach position, a job that ultimately went to Matt Blake.

Just six weeks away from having to debut their new Sunday Night Baseball broadcast, ESPN seems unlikely to add a replacement for Mendoza. The Worldwide Leader could instead decide to use a two-person booth for 2020 and feature the returning Matt Vasgersian and Alex Rodriguez on the call.

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Curt Menefee to Call Two Seahawks Preseason Games

FOX NFL studio host Curt Menefee will be on the TV play-by-play for the preseason opener on August 13 and the finale on August 26.

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The 2022 NFL preseason is going to kick off in earnest later this week, and the Seattle Seahawks have revealed their broadcast crews for two of the team’s three preseason contests.

FOX NFL studio host Curt Menefee will be on the TV play-by-play for the preseason opener on August 13 and the finale on August 26. He’ll be joined in the booth by former Seahawk Michael Robinson. The games will air locally on KING 5, the city’s NBC affiliate.

Additionally for the TV broadcasts, Paul Silvi and Ray Roberts will host the pre and postgame shows, with former Seahawk Michael Bennett working as an analyst.

On the radio, Steve Raible and Dave Wyman will call all three games. Jen Mueller will be the sideline reporter. Michael Bumpus will be the studio host and will be joined by former players Jordan Babineaux, Paul Moyer, Roberts, Marcus Trufant and Robert Turbin.

Radio broadcasts air on Seattle Sports 710 AM and KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM and are distributed across Washington on the Seahawks Radio Network.

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After Losing Out On Big Ten Rights, ESPN Turns Focus to NCAA Championships

According to Front Office Sports, ESPN’s contract for 29 NCAA Championships ends in 2024.

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After reportedly losing out on the Big Ten’s television rights, ESPN is reportedly turning to securing the NCAA Championship rights from hitting the open market.

According to Front Office Sports, ESPN’s contract for 29 NCAA Championships ends in 2024. Those 29 championships include everything from Women’s basketball to ice hockey, wrestling, softball, and baseball. The network pays a reported $34 million for the rights to broadcast those championship events.

However, according to a study commissioned by the NCAA reveals that the women’s basketball tournament could be worth anywhere from $81 million to $112 million per year by its lonesome. The NCAA is reportedly considering selling the women’s basketball tournament rights as a standalone product in the next negotiation.

Sources told Front Office Sports ESPN remains interested in striking deals with the Pac-12 and Big 12 media rights, as well as renewing a deal for the College Football Playoff.

The news comes after Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand reported ESPN declined a final offer from the Big Ten for a portion of the conference’s media rights. The reported deal was seven years and $380 million per year.

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ESPN Announces The Return of Stephen A. Smith to First Take

ESPN announced Smith will be returning to First Take on Monday, August 15th.

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First Take has been without it’s anchor since the day after the NBA Draft in June. That’s when the ESPN personality took some time off to undergo shoulder surgery and to rehabilitate. However, it appears the wait for his return is almost over.

ESPN announced with a tweet that Smith will be returning to First Take on Monday, August 15th. They also teased a guest appearance from Michael Irvin.

This comes a day after Smith tweeted that the countdown was on for his return and we are one week away from the event.

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