WFAN’s Craig Carton and Evan Roberts are not fans of having the April 8 New York Mets-Washington Nationals game exclusively on Apple TV+, and they have their reasons.
Opening Tuesday’s edition of Carton & Roberts, Carton said MLB is alienating the TV audiences of both franchises and forcing yet another subscription streaming service on those who want to watch pitcher Max Scherzer’s Mets debut and return to the place where he earned a World Series ring.
“What a way to get the season started. You get baseball, and you lose baseball,” Carton said. “You get deGrom, you don’t get Scherzer… But it seems like for a lot of people, certainly not everybody, they don’t have Apple TV+. It’s something they may not even know where to begin to go get. And I recognize for the majority of people that it’s not that complicated to get. But it’s kind of like a pain in the ass, right?”
Carton felt like it was too early in the season for one of these types of exclusive national games.
“You’re barely getting into it, and you can’t watch the game unless you go out there and access Apple TV+,” he said.
Roberts chimed in saying he was annoyed by the fact that for the second game of the season, he doesn’t get to watch a Mets game with the SNY team of Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez on the call.
“I love day two, and the fact that on day two, when I watch Max Scherzer stick it to his former team, I gotta hear some national announcer?” he said.
“You’re either not gonna see the second game of the year, or you’re gonna be pissed off by who’s broadcasting this,” Carton said.
No word on who exactly will comprise the TV booth for Friday Night Baseball this season. It’s likely that some kind of announcement will come from Apple or the broadcasters themselves in the coming days.
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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”