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SBD/January 9, 2014/Media
Analysts Off Phillies TV Broadcasts, Decision Reportedly Made By CSN Philadelphia
Published January 9, 2014
OUT OF CHARACTER: In Philadelphia, Bob Ford writes the history of the Phillies, "for better or worse ... has always been a testament to a certain hidebound consistency." Things "change slowly, if at all." That is why yesterday's announcement was "more than a small surprise." The Phillies "just don't do that kind of thing." Maybe that is "the price of doing business now, but Wheeler won't get the chance to commemorate his long on-air career with a final broadcast." The "old Phillies ... would have announced in spring training that Wheeler had decided this would be his final year and he would have gotten the farewell tour and the decency of a more dignified exit after nearly 40 years in the booth." Comcast execs "ain't that sentimental, apparently" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/9). Also in Philadelphia, Sam Donnellon writes under the header, "Phillies' TV Shake-Up Has All The Markings Of A Comcast Shake-Up" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 1/9).