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Pedro Gomez’s Son Rio Shares Stories Of Dad On ESPN
“Rio is currently a 26-year-old minor league pitcher in the Red Sox organization.”
Last month, ESPN and the sports world lost one of its most prominent baseball reporters when Pedro Gomez passed away suddenly at the young age of 58. Tributes poured in, but maybe none more special than his son Rio Gomez joining ESPN during their Rays-Red Sox broadcast Tuesday afternoon.
As ESPN’s Spring Training coverage begins and the 2021 Major League Baseball season nears, the loss of Gomez is evident. Gomez joined ESPN in 2003 and quickly became synonymous with the network’s baseball coverage. His son Rio is currently a 26-year-old minor league pitcher in the Red Sox organization.
“The connection and the love that we had that tied us together with baseball was second to none,” Gomez told ESPN’s Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez and Tim Kurkjian Tuesday.
“It meant the world to me,” Gomez added regarding the importance of having his father in the stands. “There were times where I’d be struggling, and whatever he could do from the phone whether I was in Arizona for Spring Training or somewhere along the East Coast, he’d try to always help as best as he could over the phone. There were times where he’d realize no matter what he could say through the phone, him showing up in person is what I need.”
The late Pedro Gomez covered 25 World Series during his career as a sports journalist, which included nearly two decades with ESPN. But even with a busy schedule, he prioritized following his son’s Major League aspirations. Rio was selected in the 36th round of the 2017 MLB Draft. He split the 2019 season between low-A and high-A, posting a 2.20 ERA in 69.2 innings.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
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New Episodes of Beyond Limits Coming to CBS Sports
The series, which first premiered in September 2021, is produced by the CBS Sports Race and Culture Unit, with senior producer Sarah M. Kazadi.
CBS Sports is set to premiere new episodes of its franchise Beyond Limits, which celebrates athletes who go beyond the implicit boundaries of sports and society. Three half-hour episodes will be hosted by CBS Sports reporter AJ Ross, and will also air on CBS’ linear channel and stream live on Paramount+.
The first episode of the season is titled “Who I Am,” and it will feature Byron Perkins, who is the first openly gay football player at a historically black college or university (HBCU). Perkins is a redshirt senior at Hampton University. The show will also discuss the relationship he has with his mother and how she has impacted him both as a person and an athlete.
Two more episodes will premiere throughout the season – one on making sports adaptable and accessible; and the other featuring athletes who have moved into executive roles. The latter show includes interviews with NBA Executive Vice President and Head of Basketball Operations, Joe Dumars; New Orleans Pelicans Vice President of Basketball Operations and Team Development, Swin Cash; and NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Troy Vincent.
The series, which first premiered in September 2021, is produced by the CBS Sports Race and Culture Unit, with senior producer Sarah M. Kazadi. Its first episode premieres on Sunday, June 11 at 1:30 p.m. EST/10:30 a.m. PST, and should provide fans with unique storytelling and spotlight into the journeys of various key figures in sports and media alike.
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ESPN Colleagues Pay Tribute to Neil Everett
“It was universal praise from the people that knew and worked with Everett.”
Neil Everett has become one of the faces of SportsCenter. After 23 years at ESPN, he announced that he is leaving the network.
Colleagues at the World Wide Leader took to Twitter to share their thoughts. It was universal praise from the people that knew and worked with Everett. Chief among them was his SportsCenter partner of fourteen years, Stan Verrett.
If Root Sports Northwest requires references, there are plenty ESPN colleagues past and present that were immediately ready to vouch for Neil Everett.
Everett was not laid off. He turned down a new contract that would have forced him to take a pay cut.
The Walt Disney Company is in the middle of layoffs effecting every division. CEO Bob Iger has tasked his leaders with reducing costs by $5.5 billion and cutting 7000 jobs.
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Bleav To Launch 2 FuboTV Channels
“Over 1,000 hours of original content is produced by Bleav each month.”
Sports and entertainment media production company Bleav has officially launched two channels available now on FuboTV.
Bleav Sports and Bleav Football will utilize content from its podcast network to comprise programming on the TV side.
“We are excited to be partnering with Fubo, one of the premiere companies for sports streaming,” Bleav president Eric Weinberger said.
Over 1,000 hours of original content is produced by Bleav each month. Former NFL and NBA standouts like Ahman Green, Rudy Gay, Lamar Odom, LenDale White, Ike Taylor and Jonathan Stewart are just some of the hosts for Bleav.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He’s a multimedia journalist and communicator who works at the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Jordan also contributes occasional coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, WRIC-TV 8News and Audacy Richmond. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.