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David Cone Has ‘Butterflies’ For Sunday Night Baseball Gig

“It’s hard to find after you’ve been a ballplayer, after you’ve pitched in a World Series, it’s hard to find that juice again. This kind of gives it to me.”

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One of the new additions to the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball crew in 2022 is current YES Network color commentator and former MLB pitcher David Cone. Cone has been calling games for YES since 2011 and will join Karl Ravech and Eduardo Perez in the broadcast booth this upcoming season. 

Cone talked about the new role on his podcast, Toeing the Slab with David Conealso hosted by Justin Shackil and James Smyth. The Cy Young winner mentioned how the exclusivity that Sunday Night Baseball provides is something that excites him about the position: 

“You get the butterflies back. You get that itch back,” he said. “It’s hard to find after you’ve been a ballplayer, after you’ve pitched in a World Series, it’s hard to find that juice again. This kind of gives it to me. Doing the YES games gave it to me, but this is kind of next-level stuff.”

One of the things that Cone said he hopes to bring to the broadcast is the hitter-pitcher dynamic that he would have with Perez and it is something that he has tried to do with Paul O’Neill when he is calling games on YES with O’Neill and Michael Kay: 

“For me, it is such a unique opportunity to work with guys like that and carve out our own niche because not too many people have had that seat,” he said.

David Cone has been a part of a different form of Sunday Night broadcasts before, just not in the broadcast booth. One of his favorite memories of Sunday Night Baseball came when he was with the Red Sox in 2001 when Mike Mussina was going for a perfect game with the Yankees and ESPN was trying out a new way to showcase the game.

“It was kind of a different game because they experimented with a home camera. It was the high home camera directly behind home plate, which gave you a different view of the game. That was one of the only games they used it. It’s a little bit different if you go back and see the highlights of that game.”

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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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