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Jeff Passan Signs Extension With ESPN

“Passan’s duties will largely remain unchanged as he retains his lead role on ESPN’s MLB coverage.”

ESPN’s lead MLB reporter, Jeff Passan, is staying with the network on a new multi-year deal.

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ESPN is keeping Jeff Passan for the foreseeable future. The network’s lead baseball reporter just signed a new multi-year deal with the worldwide leader.

Passan’s duties will largely remain unchanged as he retains his lead role on ESPN’s MLB coverage.

“There’s no better place to cover the incredible breadth of stories the sports world has to offer than ESPN, and I’m giddy to know I’ll be here for several years to come,” said Passan. “Our baseball team is filled with bright and talented reporters, analysts, editors and producers, and it’s our goal on a daily basis to make the readers and viewers of ESPN think, learn and emerge more informed.”

The reporter joined ESPN in January 2019 and shows up all over the network’s platforms. His duties include SportsCenterBaseball Tonight, ESPN podcasts, and ESPN social media platforms.

“Jeff is a fantastic journalist and as versatile as they come,” said Nate Ravitz, ESPN vice president, digital content. “As an insider, he breaks news and provides authoritative analysis, but he also distinguishes our coverage with vivid storytelling and bold, incisive commentary. We are thrilled that he will continue to enrich ESPN’s coverage of baseball.”

Passan is reporting on the upcoming labor dispute between the MLB Player’s Association and the league’s owners, along with MLB Free Agency. According to The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand, Passan is receiving a significant raise.

“While ESPN has been in cost-cutting mode,” Marchand wrote. “It has made exceptions. The hard-working Passan, who has the rare combination of being a news breaker and a TV personality, fits the mold. He is believed to have received a substantial raise. 

“ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro has a long history with Passan, having first hired him for a national spot when Pitaro ran Yahoo Sports. Passan, 41, left Yahoo for ESPN three years ago.”

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NBC Expects To Make $500 Million On ‘Super Gold Sunday’

“The average cost for a 30-second commercial during the upcoming Olympics is between $635k and $670k. Meanwhile, spots during the Super Bowl have been sold for as much as $6.5 million in some cases.”

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It’s no secret that ad time during the Super Bowl is the most expensive piece of advertising real estate out there. Over 100 million tune in to the NFL’s championship game every year, and because the game is routinely the most-watched television broadcast, advertising comes at a premium.

NBC knows that, and given that the Beijing Winter Olympics will be going on at the same time, they’re anticipating a pretty penny in advertising revenue for Super Sunday.

Sportico’s Anthony Crupi reported Thursday that early estimates for NBC are that the network will bring in somewhere in the neighborhood of $500 million on Super Bowl Sunday thanks to both events happening that day. NBCUniversal ad sales and partnerships president Dan Lovinger told Sportico overall Olympics ad inventory is about even for where it was for the 2018 winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The average cost for a 30-second commercial during the upcoming Olympics is between $635k and $670k. Meanwhile, spots during the Super Bowl have been sold for as much as $6.5 million in some cases.

NBC has dubbed the day “Super Gold Sunday,” and the plan is for Olympics coverage to air in the morning until noon on the East Coast. From there, it’s all Super Bowl coverage until a champion raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy. After that happens, NBC will go back to China for a 75-minute block to finish out the night.

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Kevin Frandsen Named Nationals Analyst For MASN

“Frandsen spent the last four years as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies’ radio team.”

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While there may not be anything happening in terms of player acquisitions in Major League Baseball right now, some teams are acquiring new talent to lead their broadcast crews.

The Washington Nationals on Thursday announced former Nat Kevin Frandsen would be the team’s new TV color commentator. Frandsen replaces FP Santangelo, who departed following the 2021 season and missed some time after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced during the year.

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“I’d like to thank MASN and the Lerner family for this tremendous opportunity,” Frandsen said in a statement. “I’d also like to thank my team of Amanda, Tenley and Daylen for their love and support.”

Kevin Frandsen will call games alongside Bob Carpenter, who will be the team’s TV play-by-play commentator for the 17th season. Frandsen spent the last four years as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies’ radio team.

“Being able to learn from and work alongside Scott Franzke, Larry Anderson, Rob Brooks and everyone in Philadelphia the last four seasons has been a blessing, but I’m so excited to work with Bob Carpenter and bring games to the incredibly knowledgeable and passionate Nationals fan base,” he said. “I cannot wait to get started.”

Kevin Frandsen played nine seasons in MLB, including making 105 regular season appearances for the Nats in 2014. The team won the N.L. East that season.

The lockout in baseball continues, but spring training games for the Nationals are supposed to begin February 26. Their 2022 regular season is tentatively scheduled to begin March 31.

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Charles Davis Off CBS Playoff Coverage Due To Covid

“Trent Green will take Davis’s place.”

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Charles Davis will not be part of CBS’s coverage of the Cincinnati Bengals’ visit to Tennessee this weekend. According to Awful Announcing, a CBS press release says that he is being replaced “due to COVID protocols.”

His partner, Ian Eagle, will be in Nashville. Trent Green will take Davis’s place.

It is the second time in three weeks that CBS has lost a member of one of its top NFL broadcast teams. Jim Nantz was forced to miss a game between the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to COVID protocols in Week 18.

Broadcasters don’t want to miss any assignment for any reason, especially when we get to the playoffs in their given sport. You have to feel for Charles Davis. Last week he endured single digit deperatures with sub-zero wind chill in Buffalo, but won’t be able to make the trip to a considerably warmer location.

On the plus side, at least he won’t be used as bulletin board material for the Titans as he predicted earlier this week.

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