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MLB Network President Rob McGlarry To Exit Next Month

“McGlarry has been an executive at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009.”

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Courtesy: MLB Network

MLB Network President Rob McGlarry informed staff via email that he is stepping down in December. Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand first reported the news on Tuesday morning.

McGlarry has been an executive at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009. He was named president of the network in 2014.

“After a lot of thought, I believe it is the right time for me to move on to the next chapter in my career after 19 years of working with Major League Baseball,” McGlarry wrote. Ourand mentioned that McGlarry didn’t reveal a succession plan in the email.

“From his time at the Office of the Commissioner to his role on the team that prepared MLB Network for its groundbreaking launch in 2009, Rob McGlarry has been uniquely positioned to lead the award-winning team at MLB Network for the last seven years,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said to SBJ.

Gauging from the emails Ourand obtained, the pandemic is weighing heavily into McGlarry’s decision.

“I understand how hard the last 20 months have been for all of us in many ways, and I appreciate the dedication and professionalism that everyone has displayed to get both networks to this point,” McGlarry wrote. “With that said, as difficult and challenging as this time has been, it has offered many opportunities for reflection.”

McGlarry is proud of the innovations he brought to MLB Network over the past seven years. One notable addition is Bettor’s Eye, the network’s first attempt at a baseball betting show.

“We’ve also continued to innovate our coverage of baseball every year, becoming a one-stop production facility for MLB and its digital partners, including game telecasts for Facebook and YouTube, and—just this year—game telecasts in five different formats, plus baseball’s first sports betting show, Bettor’s Eye.

McGlarry was the senior VP/programming and business affairs before becoming network President in 2014.

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Seahawks Add Kate Scott, KJ Wright to Preseason TV Crew

“Steve Raible and Dave Wyman will return for another season calling Seahawks games on the radio.”

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As hard as it is to believe, we’re a little over two months away from the start of the NFL preseason. As kickoff gets closer and closer, teams like the Seattle Seahawks are finalizing their preseason broadcast crews now.

The team announced on Wednesday that Kate Scott and K.J. Wright will join Michael Robinson in the booth for preseason coverage on KING 5.

Scott will handle play-by-play duties on the broadcasts. It’s her first season calling Seahawks games. She has plenty of prior play-by-play experience including doing 49ers preseason games on the radio in 2016. Additionally, Scott has previously called NBA, NHL and NWSL games, as well as broadcasting Olympic events. She currently serves as the television voice of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Wright is a Seahawks legend much like Robinson. The two were members of the team that won Super Bowl XLVIII. They both worked in the booth in Seattle for preseason games last year.

Steve Raible and Dave Wyman will return for another season calling Seahawks games on the radio. Jen Mueller will be reporting from the sidelines. Seahawks games are broadcasted locally on Seattle Sports 710 AM and KIRO Newsradio 97.3.

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Inside the NFL Headed To The CW For 2023

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After being cut loose by Paramount+ earlier in the year, Inside the NFL has found a new home on The CW, premiering on September 5 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST. The transition will mean the show is set to air on a broadcast network for the first time. It previously was carried by HBO and then Showtime. It will also be available to stream on The CW app and on cwtv.com.

The Emmy Award-winning series, which has been on the air since 1977, is centered around highlights and interviews from the previous week, with distinctive footage and audio supplied by NFL Films. It gives football fans an outlet to catch up on the action they might have missed, even though the scope of highlight shows is diminishing because of the advent of social media in an immersive content landscape.

“We are excited to partner with NFL Films and welcome Inside the NFL to The CW Sports family,” Dennis Miller, president of The CW, said in a statement. “For almost five decades, Inside the NFL has been an industry leader in showcasing can’t-miss weekly highlights, unprecedented behind-the-scenes content, exclusive access to players and lively discussion. By combining this premiere NFL content with our robust broadcast audience, we look forward to bringing this legendary sports series to more fans than ever before and to advertisers for the first time.”

Producers and hosts for the latest iteration of the show will be announced at a later date, and it will also have an impact on the fall programming schedule for the network itself. Recent editions of the show were hosted by James Brown and featured various former players, such as Brandon Marshall, Phil Simms and Julian Edelman.

“Generations of football fans have grown up watching Inside the NFL,” Ross Ketover, senior executive of NFL Films, added in a statement. “It is a show we cherish at NFL Films and we are thrilled to bring it to a great new partner in The CW. This is a special opportunity to reimagine and reboot Inside the NFL for a wider audience and a new generation of fans. We can’t wait to get started.”

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Frank Thomas Joins Friday Night Baseball on Apple TV+

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Courtesy: Kelsey Kramer/The Register

It didn’t take long for Frank Thomas to find a new gig. He is joining Apple TV+. He will make his Friday Night Baseball debut this week according to Front Office Sports.

Thomas’s role will involve multiple duties. He will conduct interviews with some of the game’s biggest stars. Those will take place on the field and in clubhouses before the games. He will also be in the booth for select games.

After FOX hired Derek Jeter to join its studio coverage of Major League Baseball, the network let Thomas go. He had been part of MLB on FOX since 2014. Royce Dickerson, who worked with “The Big Hurt” at FOX is now Apple’s executive producer for live sports.

Frank Thomas will not be available for Apple every week. He will be used on marquee matchups.

He will make his debut on June 9. Thomas will interview Mike Trout ahead of the Angels’ visit to Seattle to take on their division rivals, the Mariners.

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