People & Personalities: Francesa Could Be Back On WFAN Next Week
On Long Island, Neil Best cites a source as saying that Mike Francesa "will be back" on WFAN-AM on Tuesday, "armed with a new contract that runs through the end of 2020." That "presumes an announcement comes on Friday." Many questions "remain unanswered surrounding this week’s radio bombshell, including the exact scope of Francesa’s new plan, which is expected to include an app of some kind" (NEWSDAY, 4/26). In N.Y, Bob Raissman reports Francesa is getting a "new five-year deal" to return to WFAN, but he has "told management he will stay past that" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/26).
BREAKING BARRIERS: AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain's Jenny Cavnar said she "felt great" about what she "brought to the booth" in her first game serving as the Rockies' play-by-play announcer. Cavnar said, "I wanted to bring my personality and just be myself. I feel like I did that. From a play-by-play perspective, like anything, I would love to improve and get the opportunity to try again." She added, "I feel really lucky that we’re part of the greater conversation -- which is pushing the envelope of what traditional broadcasts are in baseball" (THEATHLETIC.com, 4/25).
BORN FOR THIS: GQ's Alex Wong wrote FS1's Shannon Sharpe has "found his voice" on the net's "Undisputed." Sharpe is "entertaining, but with an honesty and candidness that has made him into one of the most important voices on sports television today." Sharpe worked as an analyst for CBS for 10 years after retiring from the NFL, and he said, "Once I was let go, I knew I needed a bigger platform. I wanted to talk about more than just football. I wanted to talk about things in longer than five to 10 second clips." Sharpe: "This platform gives me an opportunity to talk about everything, from sports to social issues. It allows me to be me." He said of speaking about social issues, "All I’m doing is pointing out what other people see. A lot of people are already thinking what I am saying. A lot of people are afraid and think they can’t say things, but you can" (GQ.com, 4/25).
NOTES: Titans color analyst Dave McGinnis "will return" for the '18 season, paired again with play-by-play announcer Mike Keith. McGinnis "started as a color analyst last year after 31 years in the NFL coaching ranks." McGinnis will also be "involved in other club digital and broadcast projects" (AP, 4/26).....Michael Barkann will be the primary host of all pre- and postgame shows for the 76ers, Phillies and Flyers on NBC Sports Philadelphia. He will also maintain his current role on the net’s variety of Eagles programming. The net also named Amy Fadool and Marc Farzetta as the permanent co-hosts of "Philly Sports Talk" (NBC Sports Philadelphia).