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Tony Massarotti New Red Sox TV Analyst With Kevin Youkilis, Kevin Millar

“I think I can offer the perspective of what a fan feels and what a fan thinks when they watch the game. I was (a fan), I like to think I can separate the two, but I grew up knowing what the team means to the people here…”

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A familiar voice from Boston sports radio will be part of the Red Sox’s NESN broadcast team this upcoming season. Tony Massarotti, half of 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger & Mazz, will be one of the new analysts, along with former Red Sox favorites Kevin Youkilis and Kevin Millar. (He’ll remain on the enormously popular radio show. His summers will just be busier.)

Earlier this month, Massarotti revealed to Felger & Mazz listeners that he auditioned for one of the NESN analyst positions.

“I’d love to tell you that this is like a done deal and it’s – but I don’t know that yet,” Massarotti said on-air. “I think there’s still some things that we have to figure out. But I am, first of all, I’m flattered to even be considered for it.”

Massarotti was excited about the possibility, but was cautious because media — writers, reporters, radio hosts, etc. — aren’t typically considered for TV analyst positions anymore. More often than not, an ex-athlete, someone who played for the team (in the case of regional sports coverage), and more recognizable name gets those jobs.

But Massarotti certainly has bona fides with Boston fans and knowledge of the Red Sox. Prior to becoming part of Boston’s top-rated sports radio program (and BSM’s No. 1 major market afternoon show of 2021), Massarotti covered the team for 14 seasons with the Boston Herald and as a columnist for the Boston Globe.

(Felger and Massarotti were also honored with the first Mike & The Mad Dog Award for the country’s best local sports radio show at the 2022 BSM Summit. Mike Francesa and Chris Russo were on hand to present the award.)

While Massarotti can’t offer the insight of a former Red Sox or major league player, he brings the perspective of a fan and outside observer. That’s not always heard on MLB game telecasts and fans will likely enjoy a broadcaster calling something as they see it at home.

“I think I can offer the perspective of what a fan feels and what a fan thinks when they watch the game,” Massarotti told NESN’s Mike Cole. “I was (a fan), I like to think I can separate the two, but I grew up knowing what the team means to the people here and what sports mean to people in this market.”

Will Massarotti be as candid or critical on NESN telecasts as he can be on 98.5 The Sports Hub or was as a reporter and columnist? The presumption is that the network knows who they hired and expect him to be fair, but tough in his analysis and commentary.

“I just think as a member of the print media, in particular, you can be really harsh sometimes, let alone in talk radio, said Massarotti. “Heaven knows I’ve probably lost control of my emotions on multiple occasions over the years for things that have happened with the Red Sox.”

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Stanley Cup Final Ratings Up 83% From Last Year

The Stanley Cup Final averaged 4.6 million viewers for the six-game series between the Avalanche and the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

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The Colorado Avalanche winning the Stanley Cup wrapped the first year of ABC/ESPN coverage of the sport in their seven-year deal. Indicators from the season, the playoffs and now the Final are positive for all involved.

The Stanley Cup Final averaged 4.6 million viewers for the six-game series between the Avalanche and the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning. That represents an increase in viewership of 83% from last year’s Final between the Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens. An average of 2.5 million viewers tuned in for that series on NBC and NBC Sports Network.

The Final this year is also up from 2020’s Stanley Cup Final that had the Tampa Bay Lightning square-off with the Dallas Stars. Just 2.1 million viewers tuned in for that peak-pandemic series.

The only cold water to pour onto this fire is in comparing the numbers to the last Stanley Cup Final before the pandemic, in 2019. That series was between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins. That series went seven games and drew 5.5 million viewers on average. This year’s Final represents a16% drop from that series.

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Brenna Greene Joins KOIN in Portland

Greene is leaving KREM2 in Spokane, Washington and her post as Sports Director. She tweeted about the news and attached a note of gratitude and excitement for the change in scenery.

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A native of Portland, Brenna Greene is taking the opportunity to return home and cover sports as a sports anchor and reporter.

Greene is leaving KREM2 in Spokane, Washington and her post as Sports Director. She tweeted about the news and attached a note of gratitude and excitement for the change in scenery.

“Finally, I want to thank the community. You all accepted me for who I am, zaniness and all. I hope you learned something from me every day and had fun to boot. That was the goal.”

Greene also added the news of where she was going and the reasoning behind, saying in part, “…I’ve accepted a a sports anchor/reporter role at KOIN in Portland, which is where I was born and raised for 18 years. I’m so excited to cover the teams I was raised on in my youth along with the new teams that have come over the 12 years I have been away.”

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FOX Confirms It Will Be a Part of USFL’s Second Season in 2023

The network will continue to be a USFL TV partner next year, according to Fox Sports CEO Eric Shanks. Shanks is the chairman of the league’s board of directors.

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The USFL appears to be headed for a second season in 2023, and Fox Sports will be along for the ride.

The network will continue to be a USFL TV partner next year, according to Fox Sports CEO Eric Shanks. Shanks is the chairman of the league’s board of directors.

Between Fox and NBC, game broadcasts in the league’s inaugural season averaged 695,000 viewers.

The league does not plan to add new teams for 2023, but Shanks indicated the league is planning to have regular season games played in other cities, not just Birmingham, Alabama where this season was held.

Shanks did say there is a desire to add more teams potentially in 2024 as well as having teams play in their home cities.

The USFL championship game will be this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. between the Philadelphia Stars and the Birmingham Stallions. The game will air on FOX.

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