You ask, we reply. The Post is fielding questions from readers about New York’s greatest professional sports activities groups and getting our beat writers to reply them in a sequence of recurrently revealed mailbags. In right this moment’s installment: sports activities media.
Why does WFAN broadcast Yankees video games and spend so little (discuss present) time on the Bombers? Most hosts are Met fans and don’t cover it. I imagine the rankings have fallen as a result of individuals are bored with it. — Vincent Panico
Vincent isn’t alone in feeling this fashion. Yankees officers have additionally felt for a very long time that FAN’s hosts have skewed an excessive amount of towards Mets fans, in line with sources.
With the diminishment of Yankees fan Mike Francesa’s profile on the station and the ascension of Mets fans Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts in his place, this has been exacerbated.
Boomer Esiason, Gregg Giannotti, Benigno, Roberts, and Maggie Gray are all Mets fans. Among FAN’s common daytime hosts, solely Marc Malusis is a Yankees fan.
The subject actually is how the hosts current themselves. Boomer & Gio, in addition to Gray, play it fairly straight when it comes to curiosity in each groups, whereas Joe and Evan sound as if they’re doing a chore speaking in regards to the Yankees.
Their discussions lack the eagerness as in comparison with once they opine (whine) in regards to the Mets.
So it is a matter, however I don’t suppose you possibly can choose hosts primarily based on which groups they root for. It doesn’t make the Yankees happy. Nor do I believe Vincent is alone.
However, let’s be clear on one factor, there is no such thing as a knowledge that this negatively impacts FAN’s rankings. Though, it could not assist.
What will occur to Sean McDonough & different (school soccer) play-by-players with (Joe) Tessitore returning to CFB? — @BroadyArmand
ESPN goes to have spots, however it’s a query of who’s slated in that coveted No. 2 place behind National Championship game-caller Chris Fowler. It has been McDonough, and he’s an excellent play-by-player.
If Steve Levy will get the “Monday Night Football” gig, that may open one other prime spot. Plus, Adam Amin left for Fox, so Thursday evening is in want of a play-by-player. And, Bob Wischusen and Dave Pasch are due promotions, so there are lots of transferring chairs and choices.
Will HBO nonetheless have a “Hard Knocks” present this summer season with a pandemic? — @NYCKING
The plan, as of proper now, is sure. Though it hasn’t been introduced, the Los Angeles groups, the Rams and Chargers, are set to be the primary double-featured franchises.
Of course, it could not be a shock if the NFL and HBO find yourself suspending for a 12 months due to the virus. Let’s hope not, as a result of “Hard Knocks” is perennially a enjoyable present and, if it is ready to be produced, that may possible be excellent news in lots of methods.
Who will get thought of to exchange Adam Amin on the ladies’s Final Four? I’m considering it’s certainly one of Beth Mowins or Ryan Ruocco. — @JeffWirth2002
I’d say Ruocco could be the main candidate. He already works with Rebecca Lobo on the WNBA Finals. Plus, Lobo and Holly Rowe appear to be massive fans of Ruocco. I’m undecided it could work together with his NBA schedule with ESPN then performing some Nets on YES.
Do you suppose @FOXSports will make a run on the @NBA when the following TV contract negotiations come up? — @TheBRSports1
The NBA offers aren’t up till after the 2024-25 season, however I’d say sure. Fox has been doing the Jr. NBA and, in case you watch that manufacturing, it’s fairly apparent they’re sending a message of how first-class they might ultimately deal with the league.
We are, in fact, in a probably redefining time. But Fox’s community technique is clearly centered round sports activities.
They had been upset they actually by no means obtained to take a swing on the high SEC bundle that ESPN will ultimately take over from CBS. Going on the idea enterprise returns to a semblance of what was regular, then, sure, I believe Fox could possibly be massive future gamers for the NBA.