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Boston Red Sox Honoring Late Broadcaster Jerry Remy With Commemorative Patch

Remy will also be honored with a pregame ceremony before the Red Sox’s April 20 game with the Toronto Blue Jays

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The Boston Red Sox will honor former player and beloved broadcaster Jerry Remy with a commemorative patch on their uniforms this season. The black circular patch will have “Remy” in red letters and his No. 2 and be on the right sleeve of the Red Sox jerseys.

Boston will wear the commemorative Remy patch on its uniforms for 161 of its 162 games this season. The only day it won’t be on the jersey is April 15, when a No. 42 is on all Major League Baseball uniforms for Jackie Robinson Day. As a result, the Red Sox won’t wear the Remy patch for their home opener versus the Minnesota Twins.

The Red Sox will also honor Remy with a pregame ceremony before their April 20 game with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Remy passed away last October at the age of 68, following repeated struggles during the past 13 years with lung cancer. He had undergone treatment seven times for the disease.

The “RemDawg” became a broadcaster for the team in 1988, calling color commentary for NESN telecasts. During his 33 years calling Red Sox games, Remy worked with several play-by-play partners including Ned Martin, Sean McDonough, Don Orsillo, and Dave O’Brien. He last worked in the NESN booth last August, before stepping away for treatment.

Seven of Remy’s 10 major-league seasons were played with the Red Sox. A second baseman, he compiled a .286 batting average, .668 OPS, 90 doubles, two home runs, and 211 runs batted in.

NESN announced that a one-hour tribute to Remy, Remembering Jerry, will air on the network April 6 at 8 p.m. ET. The special will feature stories of his playing and broadcasting careers from teammates, in addition to current and former NESN broadcasters. The network has also set up a website honoring Remy at NESN.com/RememberingJerry, where fans can share their favorite stories and memories of the legendary broadcaster.

According to MassLive’s Chris Cotillo, the last commemorative patch on the Red Sox uniforms were worn in 2021, to honor the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, and 2002, in honor of Ted Williams.

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Poll Data Shows Tepid Response To Tom Brady Joining FOX

“A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.”

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FOX Sports reportedly signed Tom Brady to a 10-year deal worth $375 million to make the seven-time Super Bowl champion the new lead analyst for its top NFL broadcast once his playing career is over.

A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.

The poll said 2 in 5 NFL fans have a better opinion of FOX Sports following the deal, with 41% of NFL fans being at least somewhat more likely to watch a game with Brady as an analyst.

Data shows one-third of NFL fans think the deal Brady reportedly agreed to is worth about the same as its reported value.

That reaction could probably be described as “tepid”. That may be exactly what FOX expects and maybe all it wants.

Last week, Domonique Foxworth of ESPN suggested that the paycheck is less about what the network thinks Tom Brady means to viewers and more about showing the NFL that the network values its product.

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FOX Not Interested In Joining Streaming Sports Wars

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take?”

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The CEO of FOX doesn’t plan on forking over billions of dollars to be people’s last choice for paid streaming services.

Lachlan Murdoch said at a time when more than 80% of American homes already have some kind of paid streaming service, it’s not worthwhile to jump on that train.

Amazon, Netflix and Disney+ typically account for the average streaming presence in a household.

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take,” Murdoch said at a tech conference earlier this year. “And so the billions of dollars that’s being spent by multiple aspirants is all for that last position. And so we are extraordinarily — I want to say that — we’re happy to be sort of sitting on the sidelines.”

Murdoch told Benjamin Swinburne that when it comes to the NFL, FOX’s media rights are the same as CBS, NBC and ESPN. The main focus for the company remains on keeping games on TV.

“We don’t believe it helps us to put those rights under a streaming service or free on over-the-air. We think it’s very important that those rights remain exclusive to the broadcast environment,” Murdoch said.

FOX does stream games through its app, but it is only the games it is also carrying on its broadcast network or FS1.

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NBA Draft To Get Simulcast From ESPN & ABC

“This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.”

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ESPN is set for the 2022 NBA Draft coming up on June 23 at 8 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The network announced Wednesday the crews that will handle coverage on both ESPN and ABC.

ABC will broadcast the first round in primetime. Kevin Negandhi will host and will be joined by Stephen A. Smith, Chiney Ogwumike and Jalen Rose. Monica McNutt will be reporting and interviewing draftees.

This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.

Malika Andrews will host both rounds for ESPN. Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski will share the set. Analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz will contribute.

“We’re thrilled that Malika Andrews will host this year’s ESPN presentation as she brings her well-documented, widespread skillset to our main set,” said David Roberts, head of NBA and Studio Production for ESPN. “The event will showcase the scope and depth of our NBA and college basketball talent roster with accomplished journalists and high-profile personalities across ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio.”

ESPN will air a pre-draft red carpet show hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth from 5-6 p.m. Perkins and Richard Jefferson will also make appearances.

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