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Jessica Mendoza Leaves Mets, Extends ESPN Deal

“Jessica Mendoza expressed gratitude for the opportunity to continue with ESPN, but she did express some disappointment at no longer being a part of Sunday Night Baseball.”

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Jessica Mendoza’s future is in a broadcast booth. That means she is done with working for the New York Mets, at least for now.

Her role will change at ESPN. Mendoza has been a part of the network’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts since 2015, but in 2020 she will move to weeknights. It will make her the first woman to serve as a solo analyst on a Major League Baseball broadcast. She will also become the first woman to be an analyst for a World Series game on national radio in 2020.

The increased work load lead to Mendoza resigning her post with the New York Mets. The announcement of a new deal with ESPN and the subsequent end of Mendoza’s relationship with the Mets coincidentally comes one day after Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said that he was uncomfortable with broadcasters like Mendoza and TBS’s Pedro Martinez working in advisory roles for teams.

“We have enjoyed our relationship with Jessica and appreciated all her contributions and insight over the past year,” Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen told ESPN. “We are excited for her expanded role at ESPN and fully understand and support her need to fully invest her time in all the new platforms. We have such respect and value her baseball insight and know her impact on the game of baseball is just beginning.”

Jessica Mendoza expressed gratitude for the opportunity to continue with ESPN, but she did express some disappointment at no longer being a part of Sunday Night Baseball.

“Some of the best memories of my career have been with Sunday Night Baseball and I will miss my time with our amazing crew, who have been like family,” she said in a press release. “I’m grateful to ESPN for continuing to commit to me and I can’t wait for the season to get started.”

There has been much speculation about the future of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth since last season. David Cone, who has spent the last several seasons calling Yankees games on the YES Network, has emerged as a possible addition according to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post. It is also possible that Jessica Mendoza is not replaced at all, and Sunday Night Baseball will feature the two-man team of Alex Rodriguez and Matt Vasgersian.

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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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