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Ken Rosenthal: ‘It’s Jarring to Be Known For TV’

“It is an elevated status and certainly, players and even minor leaguers when they come into the game, they know who I am just from television.”

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Ken Rosenthal has been in the news lately after the report last week from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post that MLB Network was not renewing his contract due to criticism Rosenthal had of commissioner Rob Manfred. Still, Rosenthal is with The Athletic and at FOX, a position he has had since 2005. 

Recently, Rosenthal was a guest on The Boone Podcast with former MLB All-Star Bret Boone. Now, it is important to note that Rosenthal’s dismissal at MLB Network was not mentioned on the podcast nor if this episode was recorded before or after that news. However, what Boone did ask Rosenthal about was how he ended up at FOX. 

Rosenthal did mention that he used to do appearances on ESPN’s Cold Pizza (now First Take) as he started to do television to go with the writing he was doing for The Sporting News. Then, he had offers from ESPN and FOX, but he said he ultimately went with FOX because of what the role there could be. 

“It wasn’t guaranteed that I would be able to do the job that I ultimately have done, which is dugout reporter and work an All-Star Game and a World Series and all of that. It was a bit of a risk because ESPN was obviously a safer bet and the role would have been clearer, but I was a little afraid honestly that they were going to have me do so much. Ultimately, I ended up working at that pace for FOX, but I didn’t know that was going to be the case at the time. Either choice would have been great, but I must say I definitely made the right choice and it’s been one of the great thrills I can have to work this long at FOX. I’m still there and loving it.”

Back in 2016, Rosenthal was unable to write at FOX Sports anymore because FOX Sports, like so many other sites at the time, pivoted to a video-only outlet. While he had to start posting stories on Facebook at that point, FOX did tell him that he was allowed to go somewhere else to write and still stay with the company.

Yes, Rosenthal is more well-known for breaking stories and his columns and articles in The Athletic, but he told Boone that a lot of players recognize him mainly for his work in the dugout for FOX. It is a position that Rosenthal says helped him in forming a good bond with the players.

“You are in a clubhouse, you see someone on TV, it makes you know him or her more than just some random byline in the paper unless it’s the beat writer covering your team. It is an elevated status and certainly, players and even minor leaguers when they come into the game, they know who I am just from television. They become more familiar with you. I noticed that right away and it was jarring to me.”

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Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys

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The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.

Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.

But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.

Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.

Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:

Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.

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Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”

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Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.

The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.

Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.

“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”

Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”

He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.

Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.

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NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer

“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”

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According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.

Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.

The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.

The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options. 

NFL+ would make NFL Media more valuable. The league is trying to sell an equity stake in its linear TV and digital media properties. Amazon and Apple are considered the most likely to make a deal. 

A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.

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