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O’Brien Replacing Orsillo On NESN

Jason Barrett

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Dave O’Brien will replace Don Orsillo as the play-by-play voice of the Red Sox on NESN next season, the network announced Tuesday evening.

“We are excited to have Dave, one of baseball’s preeminent announcers, join the NESN team next season,” NESN president Sean McGrail said in a statement.

Orsillo declined comment upon arrival at U.S. Cellular Field to call the game Tuesday. The affable veteran play-by-play voice has worked alongside Jerry Remy — and a parade of other analysts during times Remy has taken leave — on Red Sox broadcasts since 2001. Before that, the Smithfield resident spent five years as the play-by-play voice of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Orsillo is best known for his banter with Remy, a former player who tends to provide most of the baseball analysis on the broadcasts. The two have shared countless memorable moments in the booth, most of which have ended with the two breathless from giggling.

“For the last 15 years it’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Don,” Remy said after the game Tuesday. “He’s been an outstanding partner for 15 years. I’m truly going to miss him on a work-related side, and I’m going to miss him on a personal side because he’s also become a very, very close friend of mine. I know that he’s going to land on his feet. He’s going to be in great shape. I’m sure they’re going to be lining up for his services. I really mean that. He’s terrific at what he does. He’s been absolutely fabulous to work with. I love him. He’s going to do just fine. I’m not worried about that part of it.”

“Don is an outstanding broadcaster, and we are grateful for all of his contributions to NESN’s telecast over the years,” McGrail said in a statement. “On behalf of everyone at NESN and the Boston Red Sox organization, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Don.”

O’Brien has been the play-by-play voice for three different Major League Baseball teams, and he has called games for ESPN since 2002. He has spent the last nine season alongside Joe Castiglione on WEEI.

“It’s kind of amazing how it all turned out,” O’Brien said. I didn’t anticipate that happening at all, so I’m kind of in a state of shock.”

Credit to the Providence Journal who originally published this article

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Terry Bradshaw: I Was Going To Quit Broadcasting Before The NFL Today

“It wasn’t any fun. “And then The NFL Today came calling.

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Terry Bradshaw has done well with his broadcasting career. He’s glad he stuck with it.

When Bradshaw retired from playing in 1984, he hopped right into the broadcast booth at CBS. But Terry was open about admitting he just wasn’t cut out for a play-by-play role.

“I was a better player in the Super Bowl than I am as a broadcaster,” Bradshaw told BSM’s Demetri Ravanos on Radio Row in Phoenix on Tuesday. Bradshaw will be a part of the FOX NFL Sunday crew getting America ready for the big game.

“I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to stumble in broadcasting. And after a really hard talk and deciding well I’ll retire, I’m not gonna do this anymore. It wasn’t any fun,” Terry added. “And then The NFL Today came calling. And that’s really where I should’ve been.”

Bradshaw said a conversation with Ted Shaker at CBS helped change the trajectory of his broadcasting career.

Terry has made a name for himself being a form of comic relief on the FOX set. He said having a chance to have fun and not get too bogged down by talking about the minutiae of football is what makes his job fun.

“I don’t look at X’s and O’s. I don’t care anything about X’s and O’s,” Bradshaw said. “If I’ve got something that’s really important that involves X’s and O’s, I’ll say it. But where am I gonna get that? Who’s gonna share that with me? Nobody!”

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FOX Expects Record Audience for Super Bowl LVII

“Those eastern Pennsylvania markets, Scranton and Harrisburg, are bigger than people really realize.”

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Viewership for the Super Bowl this weekend has the potential to be the best on record. One FOX executive believes Sunday’s Chiefs/Eagles matchup will surpass the mark set by the last Super Bowl played at State Farm Stadium.

In 2015, Patriots/Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX drew in 115.2 million on NBC. Last year’s Super Bowl, which featured the Rams and Bengals, was the first since 2017 to have an audience larger than 110 million.

Mike Mulvihill, FOX Sports Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy & Analytics, told Sports Business Journal that the trend is pointing toward 115 million again.

“We’re going to see a huge pop in Philly and probably a little bit of a pop in New York,” Mulvihill said. “Those eastern Pennsylvania markets, Scranton and Harrisburg, are bigger than people really realize. I think we’ll see at least a million additional viewers just from the Eagles’ home territory.”

Mulvihill also said the fact that viewership for the regular season across the board, as well as playoffs, has been the best in eight years is a big reason why he’s anticipating a record-setting audience.

“The big events of this season have really delivered, so that gives you a backdrop of optimism,” he said.

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NHL All-Star Game Ratings See 31% Increase

The event on ABC saw an average of 1.5 million viewers over the weekend, with the game peaking at 1.9 million viewers.

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After a less-than-stellar report on the television ratings front for the first half of the NHL season, ESPN saw encouraging news from the 2023 NHL All-Star Game ratings.

The event on ABC saw an average of 1.5 million viewers over the weekend, with the game peaking at 1.9 million viewers.

That number is a 31% increase over the 2022 edition of the event, ESPN reported. In the coveted 18-49 demographic, the festivities were up 52% compared to a season ago.

On Friday evening, the NHL All-Star Skills event was the top-rated cable program in the 18-49 demo, with an average of just over 1 million viewers.

However, last year’s events — bot the NHL All-Star Skills and NHL All-Star Game — were faced by competition from the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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