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Rod Allen Gets Fresh Start in Baseball Broadcasting With Miami Marlins

“I never lost hope. I knew what happened that day, I handled it the right way, and I was told by everybody… I knew that some day, I would get another opportunity to get into the broadcast booth.”

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When the curtain goes up for the start of the 2022 Major League Baseball season, broadcaster Rod Allen will be entering the Miami Marlins broadcast booth rejuvenated and redeemed.

Allen was hired by the Marlins full-time to primarily handle TV broadcasts on Bally Sports Florida with some radio assignments sprinkled in. The former major-leaguer had been out of broadcasting in a full-time capacity since 2018.

“It was a long three years,” Allen told Tony Paul of the Detroit News.

Allen previously served as the Tigers’ color commentator alongside play-by-play man Mario Impemba for 16 seasons. But he was ultimately let go, as was Impemba, by then-Fox Sports Detroit following a physical altercation with Impemba outside the broadcast booth at a Tigers-White Sox game in September 2018.

“I couldn’t even put into words what I’ve gone through the last three years, mentally and things like that,” Allen said. “But that’s not important. The important thing is I’ve been given another opportunity. I’m just grateful and thankful.”

The incident is something Allen doesn’t care to talk about, but he said the fallout from it put him in a dark place. He told Paul a mix of family, primarily his four grandchildren, and faith helped carry him through.

“(Grandkids) just kept you going, man, because they don’t see that pain that you’re feeling, they don’t see that anxiety, they don’t feel the worry,” he said. “All they saw is Paw Paw, and they love Paw Paw. They made me feel great. There were a lot of good days, but there were a lot of bad days.”

Some connections at Bally Sports ultimately helped Allen get his foot back in the broadcasting door, but ultimately Allen said he was determined to put on the headset once again.

“I never lost hope,” he said. “I knew what happened that day, I handled it the right way, and I was told by everybody, I knew I would get another opportunity. I knew that some day, I would get another opportunity to get into the broadcast booth.”

“God has given me another opportunity to do what I love to do,” Allen added.

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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.”

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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”.

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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.”

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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.

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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.’”

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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.

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