Major League Baseball’s lockout didn’t take all of the sport’s headlines on Monday. Baseball’s other big story was Derek Jeter stepping down as CEO of the Miami Marlins. Jeter also gave up his ownership share of the club, a four percent stake believed to be worth approximately $45 million.
The obvious question is what’s next for Jeter. According to Front Office Sports’ Michael McCarthy, ESPN would like to speak with him about a television opportunity. No overtures have yet been made, but McCarthy reports that the network would love to go into business with him, presumably as an analyst.
Additionally, ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro is a big New York Yankees fan, which is apparently fueling speculation that he’d love to add The Captain to the network’s roster.
If so, Pitaro might want to have a word with Stephen A. Smith about messaging after the First Take host said on Monday’s show that he’d like to see Jeter return to the Yankees in some capacity.
Speaking of The Captain, that’s the title of an upcoming six-part docuseries chronicling Jeter’s Hall of Fame career with the Yankees that includes five World Series championships and 3,465 hits. So there’s already a working relationship of sorts between Jeter and ESPN.
What kind of role could Jeter have with ESPN if he were to join the network? The obvious job would appear to be the analyst position on Sunday Night Baseball.
But ESPN just overhauled its SNF crew with Karl Ravech calling play-by-play alongside analysts David Cone and Eduardo Perez. Would the network blow up its new team after one season (a season that hasn’t even happened yet)? Not to mention that two former Yankees in the booth probably wouldn’t be popular.
Even adding him for occasional appearances, as was suggested by one of McCarthy’s sources, seems problematic. Sure, it would draw attention (and potential viewers), but a three-man booth is crowded enough as it is.
McCarthy raises another possibility that Jeter could headline an alternate Sunday Night Baseball broadcast. Jeter’s former teammate Alex Rodriguez and Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay are already doing a “Kay-Rod” alternate SNF broadcast, but plans are for the two to only work eight of the 25 games ESPN will broadcast on Sunday nights.
That presumably leaves room for another telecast headlined by Jeter. (Some Yankees fans might also take delight in Jeter possibly upstaging and taking viewers’ affection away from A-Rod.)
All of this is speculation, of course. Jeter just left the Marlins and there’s been no indication that he’s interested in broadcasting. But if he is, ESPN is apparently waiting to add Jeter to a growing number of star personalities that includes Peyton and Eli Manning and, very soon, Troy Aikman.
Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set
“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”
Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.
The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.
Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.
“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”
Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.
Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.
Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.
Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock
“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”
Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.
According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.
Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.
The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.
The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.
Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast
“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’
First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.
No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.
Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.
McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.
“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.”
In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.
There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.