In N.Y., Bob Raissman reported Mets radio host Ed Coleman "will be back" this season, but "won’t be hosting" pre- or postgame shows or doing play-by-play on WOR-AM. He will be "serving strictly" as WFAN-AM’s Mets beat reporter. A source said that WOR execs "wanted to shake things up and even were reluctant" to bring back play-by-play man Howie Rose. The Mets front office "stuck its beak into that situation, but apparently didn’t go to the mat" for either Coleman or color analyst Josh Lewin, who "likely will be back but not under a long term deal" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/19).
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FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE: Tennis player Maria Sharapova will be part of NBC's broadcast crew during the Sochi Games, and she said this weekend, "Everyone seems to think I will be commentating on winter sports. I'm not a bobsledding expert. I will confirm I won't be commentating." Sharapova, a Russian native, said, "I'm going to be showcasing the city of Sochi to a worldwide audience. I'm going to be with a few different co-hosts around the city, in the village and then I'm going to be doing a few segments in the studio" (AP, 1/18).
MR. BLUTARSKY: In Pittsburgh, Dejan Kovacevic notes three of the NHL Panthers' games last season "drew a zero local TV rating in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro market." Kovacevic: "That's zero with a Z. Fewer than 2,000 actual households, so it didn't register at all" (PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 1/20).