According to The Post, ESPN is considering a Manningcast-type broadcast for Alex Rodriguez as it changes its “Sunday Night Baseball” show.
If that happened, the A-Rod would be out of the usual “Sunday Night” stand.
It is not yet clear how and how many alternative animations will be provided. Mannings, for example, hosts only 10 of the 17-week-old “Monday Night Football.”
Meanwhile, YES’s David Connie has once again emerged as a candidate for SNB’s leading gaming crew, according to sources. On the stand, Carl Ravech will be the main player, while Kone and Eduardo Perez will be the analysts.
Among those close to the situation is the idea that Rodriguez, if he stays in the cab, favored YES ’Michael Kay as his player and isn’t as high on working with Ravech.
ESPN’s best radio performer is John Sciambi, who is also Cubs ’television voice. ESPN could go with Ravech, who has gone on to play through Sciambi – with his longtime studio leader.
Starting next year, ESPN’s MLB games on weekdays will be significantly reduced, making the SNB concert truly the only full-time TV on ESPN.
As for Congo, A-Rod had initially encouraged him to join ESPN. Two years ago, player Matt Vasgersian was in talks to reunite Connie with Rodriguez at the stand.
This did not happen. After the end of last season, Vasgersian decided to leave the SNB after four years. The move to Ravech could have already moved in Bristol, which had influenced Vasgersian’s thinking.
The SNB stand will be even more important next year as ESPN could have an extended opening phase of the playoffs. It will be a matter of negotiations between the owners and the players. MLB owners are currently blocking players.
ESPN was a huge success with Peyton and Eli Manning commenting on “Monday Night Football”. While the brothers have been added to the MNF series even more brilliantly, their broadcasts on ESPN2 have been dwarfed by a core audience of Steve Levi, Louis Riddick and Brian Grizz on ESPN’s main channel.
A-Rod, 46, is shaping himself as some sort of media personality / entrepreneur with his co-authorship in the Minnesota Timberwolves, Shark Tank performances, the role of Fox MLB studio analyst, and the Barstool Sports podcast.
He was on the ESPN stand for four years, but was better at Fox’s MLB studio. In part, that’s why some ESPN executives think A-Rodcast might work.
The look and feel of a potential A-Rodcast may not fully reflect what Peyton and Eli are doing. ESPN has been doing alternative broadcasts for years, so A-Rod shows may have their own wrinkles.
As for Cone and YES, according to sources, his desire to continue his Yankee games is strong. If he agreed with ESPN, then he had to figure out a schedule for both networks to be located.
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Pope Clicker entered the hockey arena with a recent commentary by Mark Messier and Jimmy Roberts entitled “No One Wins Alone, Memories.” The book tells the story of Messier’s career from his childhood to the present, including his 26-year career in hockey and six Stanley Cups (including the 1994 Rangers). Messier’s memories of September 11, 2001, were particularly touching. Overall, Messier and Roberts get 4.25 points from 5 clicks.