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Joe Davis: ‘Joe Buck Is The Best Of His Generation’

“Joe Davis prefers to say that he followed Vin Scully as the voice of the Dodgers and now he is going to follow Joe Buck as the voice of the World Series.”

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Now that Joe Buck is on his way to ESPN, the job of calling play-by-play for the World Series belongs to someone else. That someone, FOX revealed this week, is Joe Davis. Davis says it is a situation he is uniquely prepared for.

After Vin Scully’s retirement in 2016, Davis became the full-time television voice of the Dodgers. The press box at Dodger Stadium is named for Scully. Certainly Joe Davis is no stranger to following a legendary voice of baseball.

“I think replacing somebody like that or replacing somebody like Joe, you’re not going to do it,” Davis told Richard Deitsch of The Athletic. “Vin is the greatest ever to do this job. Joe, to me, is the greatest of this generation. You’re not going to replace those guys. If you’re trying to replace them, you’re probably going to try to be somebody that you’re not.”

Joe Davis prefers to say that he followed Vin Scully as the voice of the Dodgers and now he is going to follow Joe Buck as the voice of the World Series.

Buck has already reached out to Davis to offer his advice and congratulations. That is not something that surprised Davis at all.

“His favorite thing about this is that I get this opportunity, which just shows you what kind of guy he is.”

Being named the new voice of the World Series on FOX is a true honor for Joe Davis. For him, it isn’t just about the job itself. It is just as special for him to take up the mantle from one of his heroes in the business.

“It’s just been a really special thing to go from him being the guy that I held up on this pedestal thinking I could one day be a little bit like him to learning so much from him and now getting to be the person that follows him in one of the great chairs in this business. It’s all really mind-blowing to me, and I don’t know that I’ll ever completely wrap my mind around it.”

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Former Hulu Exec Michael Schneider Hired To Run Bally Sports+

“Schneider previously was VP of brand and content marketing at Hulu, where he had involvement in various marketing efforts for Hulu + Live TV.”

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Sinclair Broadcast Group and Diamond Sports Group have tapped Michael Schneider as the chief operating officer and general manager of Bally Sports+ when it launches this year.

Schneider will oversee the direct-to-consumer platform that will also be the hub for Bally Sports live programming.

Schneider previously was VP of brand and content marketing at Hulu, where he had involvement in various marketing efforts for Hulu + Live TV.

“Throughout his career, Michael has successfully launched and developed DTC streaming and service platforms and created immersive engagement experiences,” said Sinclair COO and president of broadcast Rob Weisbord. “He is a terrific addition to the team as we build out the Bally Sports+ offering, its exclusive content and passionate fan community.”

Even before Hulu, Schneider had a hand in streaming. He was a founding member of the PlayStation Vue launch team.

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Marquee Sports Network Weighs Streaming Options Outside of Bally Sports+

“Marquee GM Mike McCarthy said to Sports Business Journal there’s no rush, but the network is hopeful they can have something in time for the 2023 season.”

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As Sinclair Broadcast Group prepares to launch Bally Sports+, its direct-to-consumer platform that will be home to Bally Sports live events, the Chicago Cubs are weighing their options for Marquee Sports Network, which the team co-owns with Sinclair.

Despite being under the Sinclair umbrella, Marquee is its own free-standing RSN from the rest of the Bally Sports networks across the country.

Marquee is readily available on a number of cable providers, but the only thing that’s really missing is its own standalone streaming platform for games. Marquee GM Mike McCarthy said to Sports Business Journal there’s no rush, but the network is hopeful they can have something in time for the 2023 season.

“We’re always interested in being on the cutting edge with the ultimate deliverable to our consumer,” McCarthy said. “But there isn’t any contractual clock ticking to make us feel that way. It’s how we’ve approached things from the beginning. Between our two ownership groups, there’s a lot of aggression to get it right. And I think you’ll see something along those lines shortly.”

The TV ratings will always be of top interest for MLB, especially regional ratings. But as the league has worked to embrace more streaming options for games, striking deals with Apple and Peacock for rights this season, it’s all about providing what the fans and viewers want.

“We now have the ability to do so much more, to properly tell the story of a 162-game season,” said Crane Kenney, Chicago Cubs president of business operations. Kenney was instrumental in the launch of Marquee. “We love baseball, we love the game, and we love the opportunity we have to share it with our fans in really deep ways.”

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Laura Rutledge Celebrates Chemistry Of NFL Live

“It is truly the absolute joy of my life to get their opinions and to sit with them every single day and hear what they have to say.”

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Laura Rutledge is very happy with where NFL Live is as the current lineup gets set to enter its third season together. She told The Big Lead that there is genuine chemistry between herself, Marcus Spears, Mina Kimes, and Dan Orlovsky and that is why she doesn’t feel the need to emulate any of sports television’s many debate shows.

“You don’t want to see people yelling at each other all the time and I’m really proud of the chemistry that we have struck and just letting that breathe on air and having so much fun. It is truly the absolute joy of my life to get their opinions and to sit with them every single day and hear what they have to say.”

The 2022 NFL season will have a very different feel for ESPN. The addition of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman for Monday Night Football adds new expectations to the network.

Rutledge said that the attention on the network means that she and her colleagues have to raise their respective games, but that shouldn’t be hard. There is always material to work with in this league.

“We’ve seen this offseason, we saw the previous offseason, how the NFL news cycle never stops. It’s funny because the news cycle becomes such a big piece of the story, but we’re like, we can’t wait for the games,” she said.

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