SBD/Issue 51/Sports Media

Jon Miller Leaning Against Taking Sunday Night Gig On ESPN Radio

Miller Could Call Giants Games
On Weekends For First Time

MLB announcer Jon Miller said that he "needs time to contemplate ESPN's offer to continue calling the Sunday night games on radio, though he is inclined to say no," according to Henry Schulman of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Miller said he was non-committal about the offer because "it's still being talked about, and I'll hear out their offer," though he did add he is "not likely" to accept it. Miller and broadcast partner Joe Morgan earlier this month were not retained by ESPN as the announcers for the "Sunday Night Baseball" telecast, but Miller noted that there is "no bitterness toward ESPN for letting him go." Miller: "I never would have expected 21 years when I started. We were in a prime-time slot every Sunday for 21 years. That might be unprecedented in our particular business." Schulman reports Miller, 59, did acknowledge that he "might have declined to accept a new ESPN contract if it had been offered," as his dual jobs -- Miller also serves as the MLB Giants' radio announcer -- "required exhausting travel almost every weekend during a season." Turning down ESPN means Miller "could land in the Giants' broadcast booth on weekends for the first time since joining the team before the 1997 season." Miller "expects his status to stay on the back burner until the Giants complete negotiations with broadcasters Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 11/22).

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