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Tony Massarotti New Red Sox TV Analyst With Kevin Youkilis, Kevin Millar

“I think I can offer the perspective of what a fan feels and what a fan thinks when they watch the game. I was (a fan), I like to think I can separate the two, but I grew up knowing what the team means to the people here…”

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A familiar voice from Boston sports radio will be part of the Red Sox’s NESN broadcast team this upcoming season. Tony Massarotti, half of 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger & Mazz, will be one of the new analysts, along with former Red Sox favorites Kevin Youkilis and Kevin Millar. (He’ll remain on the enormously popular radio show. His summers will just be busier.)

Earlier this month, Massarotti revealed to Felger & Mazz listeners that he auditioned for one of the NESN analyst positions.

“I’d love to tell you that this is like a done deal and it’s – but I don’t know that yet,” Massarotti said on-air. “I think there’s still some things that we have to figure out. But I am, first of all, I’m flattered to even be considered for it.”

Massarotti was excited about the possibility, but was cautious because media — writers, reporters, radio hosts, etc. — aren’t typically considered for TV analyst positions anymore. More often than not, an ex-athlete, someone who played for the team (in the case of regional sports coverage), and more recognizable name gets those jobs.

But Massarotti certainly has bona fides with Boston fans and knowledge of the Red Sox. Prior to becoming part of Boston’s top-rated sports radio program (and BSM’s No. 1 major market afternoon show of 2021), Massarotti covered the team for 14 seasons with the Boston Herald and as a columnist for the Boston Globe.

(Felger and Massarotti were also honored with the first Mike & The Mad Dog Award for the country’s best local sports radio show at the 2022 BSM Summit. Mike Francesa and Chris Russo were on hand to present the award.)

While Massarotti can’t offer the insight of a former Red Sox or major league player, he brings the perspective of a fan and outside observer. That’s not always heard on MLB game telecasts and fans will likely enjoy a broadcaster calling something as they see it at home.

“I think I can offer the perspective of what a fan feels and what a fan thinks when they watch the game,” Massarotti told NESN’s Mike Cole. “I was (a fan), I like to think I can separate the two, but I grew up knowing what the team means to the people here and what sports mean to people in this market.”

Will Massarotti be as candid or critical on NESN telecasts as he can be on 98.5 The Sports Hub or was as a reporter and columnist? The presumption is that the network knows who they hired and expect him to be fair, but tough in his analysis and commentary.

“I just think as a member of the print media, in particular, you can be really harsh sometimes, let alone in talk radio, said Massarotti. “Heaven knows I’ve probably lost control of my emotions on multiple occasions over the years for things that have happened with the Red Sox.”

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Ryan Leaf: Jay Glazer ‘Is a Fraud When it Comes to Anything Mental Health or Wellness Related’

“Phelps is an inspiration but it gives me pause that he muddies his mind with that con man.”

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Leaf Photo Credit: Houston Chronicle Glazer Photo Courtesy: FOX Sports

Swimmer Michael Phelps was a guest on NBC’s Meet the Press this weekend and as he has done before, he talked candidly about the challenges he has had with his mental health and his bouts with depression. He spoke with Kristen Welker and talked about FOX Sports football insider Jay Glazer being his “mental health buddy.” This brought quite the response from former Chargers quarterback and current football analyst Ryan Leaf.

“Jay Glazer and I, we’re both mental health buddies,” Phelps said. “We both struggle, and when we’re both having our bad days, we go through similar ups and downs. And we do similar things when we’re down, if that makes sense. We both had this conversation the other day because when it happens to me, I reach out to him. When it happens to him, he reaches out to me. I have a couple of friendships like that where we’ve kind of been really able to form a bond.”

In response to a social media post about the interview, Leaf held nothing back as he posted his thoughts about Glazer.

“Glazer is a fraud when it comes to anything mental health or wellness related,” Leaf wrote. “He uses it for his benefit and really isn’t invested in any of it unless it benefits him and his brand. Phelps is an inspiration but it gives me pause that he muddies his mind with that con man.”

Leaf has been vocal as well about his struggles with depression, addiction and a suicide attempt. Leaf also spent 32 months in prison when he violated the terms of his probation by breaking into a home to steal prescription drugs.

Back in 2018, a story from the New York Post talked about Leaf and Glazer working together on Glazer’s ‘Merging Vets and Players’ (MVP) initiative.

Glazer, who was recently married and has been on his honeymoon, posted on his X account in response to Phelps’ interview, “Brother, I am so honored to walk this walk with you!!! We save each other my dude!”

Glazer has not yet commented on the post from Leaf. Should he respond, we will update this story.

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‘NFL Total Access’ Comes to an End After 21 Years on NFL Network

“Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ has been a part of the NFL Network since 2003 and today it is set for its final episode. The news of the show coming to an end came down earlier this month. Many of the current show participants took to social media to post their thoughts including hosts Mike Yam and Kimmi Chex along with analyst Chase Daniel.

“Tonight marks the last ever episode of NFL Total Access,” said Chex. “I was 7 years old when this show aired meaning that I spent my life watching. Co-hosting our flagship program this past season has been the honor of my career. I’m not going anywhere but for now, it’s goodbye TA.”

Yam said, “It’s been an absolute thrill hosting NFL Total Access. Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough to express the gratitude I have for the team. See you at 7est for 1 more run.”

A report from The Athletic said the show would be replaced “at least in the interim” by Insiders with Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero.

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NBCUniversal Names Olympic Hosts for USA, CNBC and E!; Kathryn Tappen Headlines

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games.”

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NBCUniversal announced its hosts for coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 on USA Network, CNBC and E! Cara Banks, Laura Britt and Trenni Casey will all be a part of the coverage on CNBC and E! Lindsay Czarniak, Carolyn Manno and Kathryn Tappen will all take part in the USA Network coverage.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics is Friday, July 26 on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo.

Coverage on USA Network, CNBC, and E! is expected to include Team USA men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball, as well as swimming, gymnastics, and track & field, and more.

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games,” said Rebecca Chatman, Vice President and Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics Production in a release.

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