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670 The Score Hosts Blast ARod, Praise Statcast On ESPN2

“It was like getting out of baseball ‘stupid’ prison”

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‘The Rivalry’ took center stage in the 2021 American League Wild Card Game last night as the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox squared off at Fenway Park in Boston. the playoff game was broadcast on multiple ESPN platforms. While the game itself lived up to the hype, with the Red Sox defeating the Yankees 6-2, viewers found themselves switching away from the primary broadcast. Many took to social media to say it was the color-commentary of former New York Yankees third baseman and current Major League Baseball analyst on ESPN, Alex Rodriguez, that made them change channels.

On Wednesday morning, two of 670 The Score’s shows shared a discussion of the night on television. Bernstein and Rahimi were joined by Mully and Haugh. The quartet spoke about the appeal of the Statcast, which aired on ESPN2, and how it made watching the game more enjoyable for fans who were unable to bear the Sunday Night Baseball pairing of play-by-play announcer Matt Vasgersian and the aforementioned Rodriguez for another high-stakes game.

“I turn on the game and it’s A-Rod and Vasgersian… wait! [Jason] Bennetti, Eduardo Perez and Mike Petriello were on [ESPN2],” said Dave Bernstein, midday host and senior columnist at 670 The Score. “It was like getting out of baseball ‘stupid’ prison, and [there was a large] number of people who came on [Twitter] and thanked me [for telling them]… apparently, it was not as well known as I thought.”

After Mike Mulligan made a remark that Bernstein’s “ears must have been burning” watching the primary ESPN broadcast of the game, the Chicago sports radio host expressed his gratitude for the second broadcast, and how it made the viewing experience of the first game of the postseason more bearable.”

“The disparity between those broadcasts… Oh my gosh!,” said Bernstein. “You’re not bleeding out of your ears. A-Rod always has a rough night… he sucks!”

ESPN introduced the Statcast alternate broadcast during the 2018 season during the Major League Baseball playoffs and added it to Sunday Night Baseball in 2020. The broadcast, featuring Chicago White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Bennetti, former Major League Baseball player Eduardo Perez and MLB.com Statcast Insider Mike Petriello, has received much acclaim and has served as a welcome change from the traditional style of live game broadcasting.

Leila Rahimi, co-host of “Bernstein and Rahimi” on 670 The Score, says the lack of intelligence on the primary broadcast is a considerable difference between it and the Statcast. She read a tweet while on the air that put Rodriguez’s analysis into perspective posted by Marc Carig, a baseball writer and deputy managing editor at The Athletic.

“He was really good at hitting and infield — I promise,” quipped Rahimi after reading Carig’s tweet. “There was a time when he was really good at both.”

In response, Bernstein simply said: “Turn [Rodriguez’s] mic off.”

ESPN recently introduced an alternate viewing experience for 10 of its Monday Night Football broadcasts, with brothers and former NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning breaking down the action as it happens and interviewing celebrity guests from the worlds of sports and entertainment. The broadcast, known informally as the “ManningCast,” has seen its ratings rise up over the first three weeks of action, with just over 10% of viewers, on average, choosing the alternate experience over the traditional crew, which includes play-by-play announcer Steve Levy, and former NFL players Brian Griese and Louis Riddick providing color commentary.

“The broadcast separated from the equation — that was a fun game,” said Haugh.

ESPN will not telecast any of the remaining Major League Baseball postseason games on television or its streaming platforms; however, ESPN Radio will have exclusive coverage of all postseason contests on-the-air, continuing with tonight’s National League Wild Card game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals. Jon Sciambi and Kyle Peterson are on the call for the single-game elimination contest with coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST/6:30 p.m. CST.

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Craig Carton: Adam Schefter Was Used By the Broncos

“Based on other stories that have come out — that we now know as a fact — he’s willing to be a mouthpiece for a team.”

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Tuesday was a frenzy for NFL insiders as the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans nearly simultaneously announced the hiring of new head coaches, and WFAN host Craig Carton believes one NFL insider was used.

Reporting from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport at 4:44 PM ET claimed the Broncos tried to hire DeMeco Ryans — who was hired by the Texans — at the last minute, but was rebuffed, and Denver hired Sean Payton instead.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter — in no uncertain terms — refuted the validity of that report at 4:55 PM ET.

Carton believes Schefter was used by the franchise to help with damage control.

“So here’s the deal: Adam Schefter — many, many years ago — used to write for The Denver Post, and he covered the Denver Broncos,” Carton said. “He is clearly — to his credit – getting his information directly from the Denver Broncos who figure that that story from Ian Rapoport — and it is — is somewhat embarrassing…the fact that it’s out there is a bad look.

“So they go to Schefter who, along with Rapoport — the two voices of record as insiders — and they say ‘Nonsense. Put out there that that’s nonsense’. Rapoport’s getting his information DeMeco or his agent, saying “Naw, naw, no. He had choices. He could have gone to Houston, he could have gone to Denver. Obviously, the Texans sweetened the deal’.”

“Schefter’s getting his info from the Broncos, who are doing damage control,” co-host Evan Roberts concurred.

“Schefter’s great at what he does, I’m not saying that he’s not,” Carton continued. “But based on other stories that have come out — that we now know as a fact — he’s willing to be a mouthpiece for a team — namely Washington — and again, he’s great at what he does. I wanna be clear at how I state this, he’s great at what he does, but it’s obvious that the Broncos are trying to spin this, and they’re using Schefter to spin it.”

Roberts added that the situation was similar to that of NBA Insiders Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania, where Wojnarowski “speaks for front offices, where Shams gets his info from players and agents”.

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K&C Masterpiece: Cowboys Could Add 30 Million More Viewers To Super Bowl

“The Cowboys in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs would’ve shattered all viewership ratings.”

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The matchup in this year’s Super Bowl is set, and the game will undoubtedly be the most-viewed program on TV this year. But if the Dallas Cowboys were taking part in the game, it’s safe to say the ratings would be astronomical.

The Cowboys divisional playoff game against San Francisco drew 45.7 million viewers. It was the second-most watched divisional round contest on record.

The NFC championship between San Francisco and Philadelphia drew 47.5 million.

On 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, K&C Masterpiece host Kevin Hageland said had the Cowboys made it to Philly, the viewership would’ve been even better.

“I know the game sucked, but that just shows you, because the Cowboys were like almost 8 million above every other divisional game, this could’ve gotten to 58 (million),” Hageland said.

Kevin added that if Dallas had gone all the way, the audience tuning in would’ve easily eclipsed some of the highest-rated programs of all-time.

“The Cowboys in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs would’ve shattered all viewership ratings,” he said. “Even with the new system and so many people streaming and everything like that.”

Usually the Super Bowl averages around 100 million viewers. Hageland said a Cowboys Super Bowl appearance in this day and age would’ve set the new top ratings mark for years to come.

“My estimation would be you would add approximately an extra 30 million people,” he said.

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Patrick McCarthy To Join Mets Radio Crew

“Patrick, the son of Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, had been calling games for Philly’s Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.”

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The New York Mets have called on Patrick McCarthy to join the team’s radio broadcasts this season.

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, McCarthy will host pregame and postgame coverage on WCBS and fill in for Howie Rose when he takes time off.

Patrick, the son of Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, had been calling games for Philly’s Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.

Keith Raad will be added to the booth for Mets games on the radio this season as well.

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