The Boston Red Sox will honor former player and beloved broadcaster Jerry Remy with a commemorative patch on their uniforms this season. The black circular patch will have “Remy” in red letters and his No. 2 and be on the right sleeve of the Red Sox jerseys.
Boston will wear the commemorative Remy patch on its uniforms for 161 of its 162 games this season. The only day it won’t be on the jersey is April 15, when a No. 42 is on all Major League Baseball uniforms for Jackie Robinson Day. As a result, the Red Sox won’t wear the Remy patch for their home opener versus the Minnesota Twins.
The Red Sox will also honor Remy with a pregame ceremony before their April 20 game with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Remy passed away last October at the age of 68, following repeated struggles during the past 13 years with lung cancer. He had undergone treatment seven times for the disease.
The “RemDawg” became a broadcaster for the team in 1988, calling color commentary for NESN telecasts. During his 33 years calling Red Sox games, Remy worked with several play-by-play partners including Ned Martin, Sean McDonough, Don Orsillo, and Dave O’Brien. He last worked in the NESN booth last August, before stepping away for treatment.
Seven of Remy’s 10 major-league seasons were played with the Red Sox. A second baseman, he compiled a .286 batting average, .668 OPS, 90 doubles, two home runs, and 211 runs batted in.
NESN announced that a one-hour tribute to Remy, Remembering Jerry, will air on the network April 6 at 8 p.m. ET. The special will feature stories of his playing and broadcasting careers from teammates, in addition to current and former NESN broadcasters. The network has also set up a website honoring Remy at NESN.com/RememberingJerry, where fans can share their favorite stories and memories of the legendary broadcaster.
According to MassLive’s Chris Cotillo, the last commemorative patch on the Red Sox uniforms were worn in 2021, to honor the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, and 2002, in honor of Ted Williams.
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David Kaplan Leaving NBC Sports Chicago
“I was presented an opportunity that will allow me to spend a lot more time my wife, Mindy, our four sons, and their expanding families. This is far from a retirement.”
David Kaplan has announced he is departing NBC Sports Chicago. In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Kaplan said a new path opened that he couldn’t turn down.
“I was presented an opportunity that will allow me to spend a lot more time my wife, Mindy, our four sons, and their expanding families. This is far from a retirement. You’ll still be able to catch me weekday mornings with Jonathan Hood on the Kap and JHood morning show on ESPN 1000. It will also allow me to provide you with more engaging and outstanding content right here on YouTube.”
Kaplan, who will turn 62 this weekend, accepted a buyout offered by NBCUniversal. He has hosted several different shows for the network during his tenure.
“He’s made enormous contributions to our network, and his passion, opinions and love of Chicago’s teams have made him a beloved and respected figure, not just with fans but also his colleagues,” NBC Sports Chicago Vice President of Content John Schippman told The Chicago Sun-Times. “We wish him the best and look forward to seeing what’s next.”
December 30th will be his final day at NBC Sports Chicago. He called his time with the network “an amazing run”.
NASCAR Chasing Nearly $1 Billion Annual Rights Fee In Next TV Deal
“We work really closely together, both from a scheduling perspective, but also just in terms of how they monetize the sport.”
The current media rights deal for NASCAR with FOX Sports and NBC Sports doesn’t end until after the 2024 season, but the organization is currently plotting what it wants its next deal to look like, according to a report from Front Office Sports.
Currently, NASCAR makes $820 million per year from the two networks. In its new rights deal, it is expected to seek a deal in the neighborhood of $900-950 million range.
NASCAR plans to begin negotiating with its current media partners in the early months of 2023, but is currently happy with FOX and NBC.
“We work really closely together, both from a scheduling perspective, but also just in terms of how they monetize the sport. Whether that’s pushing more brands and advertisers to spend on Fox and NBC,” NASCAR Senior Vice President of Media and Productions Brian Herbst told FOS. “Fox had their third consecutive year of ad revenue increases in 2022. NBC had their second consecutive year of ad revenue increases in 2022. So it’s working for them — both from a viewership and an ad revenue perspective.”
In February of this year, NASCAR President Steve Phelps told the Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast that broadcast television “has to be a part” of the organization’s next television rights deal.
As its current media partners, FOX and NBC have exclusive negotiating windows with NASCAR.
NFL Sunday Ticket Negotiations With Apple ‘Have Gotten Silly’
“Apple’s like, ‘OK, we can’t sell internationally. OK, that was important to us. And we can’t sell it exclusively against Fox and CBS. Well, OK. Well, that changes its value.’”
A report from The Athletic details why the NFL has not announced a new partner for the NFL Sunday Ticket package. David Kaplan claims there have been continued hiccups in the negotiations, mentioning the bargaining has gotten sideways between the league and Apple.
“This negotiation has gotten silly. … Clearly, there’s a problem. I think it’s really clear Apple is learning things they didn’t know,” the anonymous NFL source told Kaplan. “What the conversation is, is Apple’s like, ‘OK, we can’t sell internationally. OK, that was important to us. And we can’t sell it exclusively against Fox and CBS. Well, OK. Well, that changes its value.’”
The report also details Amazon Prime and YouTube remain in the mix as potential suitors for the service, should talks with Apple and the league fall apart.
The NFL is looking for as much as $3.5 billion annually for rights to the service.