Carlos Beltran is returning to the New York Yankees… as a broadcaster. The 20-year major leaguer, who played for the Yankees from 2014 to 2016, is joining YES Network as a game analyst.
YES Network studio analyst Jack Curry reported the official news Friday evening:
As Curry mentioned, the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand first reported earlier in the month that YES Network was considering Beltran for an analyst gig along with Jeff Nelson, the just-retired Cameron Maybin, and John Flaherty (who already works for YES).
Beltran is expected to call 36 games, which should make up the difference from David Cone’s reduced schedule on Yankees telecasts. Cone is joining ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth this upcoming season and told reporters on a conference call that his workload would be pared down to 55 or 60 games from the 100 telecasts he called last season. YES also has to fill the opening left by Ken Singleton’s retirement. Flaherty and Paul O’Neill are also game analysts for the network.
Joining the YES Network broadcast team marks Beltran’s return to baseball after being fired as New York Mets manager before the 2020 season. Beltran was dismissed before he even managed a game for his key role in the Houston Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing scheme. (Those Astros defeated the Yankees in a seven-game American League Championship Series.)
Beltran will also be on the 2023 Hall of Fame ballot. A .279 career average with an .837 OPS, 2,725 hits, 435 home runs, 1,587 RBI, and 312 stolen bases give him a strong case for induction. (Those numbers include a .270 average, .797 OPS, 311 hits, 56 home runs, and 180 RBI in nearly three seasons with the Yankees.)
But will his association with the Astros’ cheating scandal cost him election, especially in his first year on the ballot? If Beltran draws praise as a broadcaster, showing insight and knowledge, that could help how he’s remembered. Strong work in the booth could possibly make him a managerial candidate again.
Ian Casselberry is a sports media columnist for BSM. He has previously written and edited for Awful Announcing, The Comeback, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, MLive, Bleacher Report, and SB Nation. You can find him on Twitter @iancass or reach him by email at email@example.com.
ABC Scores Most Watched NBA Saturday Primetime Game In 4 Years
“The game drew 3.7 million viewers.”
The Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night. While the game’s controversial finish left LeBron James and Patrick Beverly upset, executives at the Walt Disney Company had nothing but smiles thanks to the performance of ABC.
The game drew 3.7 million viewers. That means the Celtics’ win is the most-watched game in the ABC Saturday night prime-time window in the last four years. A February 2019 game between the Lakers and Golden State Warriors drew 4.1 million.
Boston also delivered the highest-rated game of the NBA season so far outside of the league’s stacked Christmas Day slate.
NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC is experiencing a nice uptick in viewership this season. Through the weekend, the Saturday night games are averaging over 3.4 million viewers according to an ESPN press release.
That number represents a 16% jump from last season. The edition of NBA Countdown that airs before the Saturday night game is having a good season as well. It’s average audience is up 3% to just under 1.5 million.
NHL Ratings on ESPN, TNT Down in 2nd Year
So far this season, games on ESPN and TNT are averaging 373,000 viewers, which is down from 478,000 last season.
Viewership totals from ESPN and TNT show NHL ratings have declined heading into the All-Star break, but there are some extenuating circumstances for the nearly 22% drop.
So far this season, games on ESPN and TNT are averaging 373,000 viewers, which is down from 478,000 last season. However, both channels have increased their linear television schedule, doubling from 27 games to 54.
ESPN has aired 18 games with an average of 402,000 viewers. In the same time period last year, the worldwide leader had only aired seven contests, but garnered 622,000 per game. None of ESPN’s games last season had aired on weekends, while the network has broadcast six games on Sunday this year alone. The 12 games ESPN has aired that weren’t on Sunday have averaged 491,000 viewers.
The 2023 NHL All-Star Game will air on ABC Saturday, and the network is hoping for a lift from last season. In 2022, ratings fell 38% from the previous All-Star Game on NBC, and hit the lowest total since 2009. The NHL Skills challenge saw its largest audience in a decade after airing on ESPN in primetime on a Friday evening. Nearly 1.1 million watched the skills challenge, a 30% increase compared to 2020.
At this time last season, TNT had aired 20 games. Through 36 games this season, the network has seen an average of 359,000 viewers. The network is helped by the 2023 Winter Classic, which took place at Fenway Park on Monday, January 2nd. The afternoon contest saw an audience of 1.78 million, up 31% compared to the previous year.
AFC Championship Game Delivers New Viewership High For CBS
53.1 million viewers tuned in to see the Chiefs victory over the Bengals, making it the most-watched television program since Super Bowl LVI.
The AFC Championship Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals drew a massive audience for CBS.
53.1 million viewers tuned in to see the Chiefs’ controversial victory over the Bengals, making it the most-watched television program since Super Bowl LVI. Additionally, the event is the most-watched NFL Conference Championship Game since 2017.
CBS claims the game peaked with 59.3 million viewers and was also the most-streamed live sporting event in the history of Paramount+.
With an audience of 53.1 million, CBS concludes its NFL playoff coverage averaging 40.798 million viewers for each game. That leads all networks thus far. The 2022 NFL season was the most-watched regular season on CBS in the past seven seasons.