CC Sabathia wants to talk all sports on TV, not just baseball, after he retires following the season.
While he doesn’t want to do a daily show, some sort of weekly spots or an expanded role to build off the 15 appearances he is doing for ESPN on “Get Up!,” 98.7 ESPN New York and “SportsCenter” could be in the offing. Sabathia potentially could be a baseball analyst on games, but he has expressed an aversion to wearing suits.
So, if someone like YES Network were interested, Sabathia may ask for a “Bob Knight Rule.” When at ESPN, Knight wore his customary sweaters instead of a tie and jacket.
Out of media, it wouldn’t be surprising if, in retirement, Sabathia were to become an adviser to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. Being a broadcaster and an adviser is all the rage these days.
“Daily News Live” is now dead.
The show, which began at the inception of SNY in 2006, had been on the air for 13 years. It featured Daily News writers as panelists discussing the sports news of the day.
DNL will be replaced by a program called “The Thread.” Justine Ward is expected to host. Some of the DNL regulars will appear on the new program. It also will have “social influencers” as part of its panels and premiere later in the month.
Jonas Schwartz, who was the most recent host for DNL, will continue as the leader of SNY’s Jets shows and will add more “SportsNite” responsibilities.
After the Daily News let go the majority of its sports staff last year, “Daily News Live” often featured ex-staff writers, which always seemed a bit awkward.
At the inception of the program, the plan was to have sports writers from all different papers on the show, but opposing newspapers balked at that idea. The last DNL will be on March 16.
ESPN is following FS1 into the betting-show game scene, which is an anticipated trend in light of further legalization of sports gambling. FS1 has had a weekday program called, “Lock It In,” hosted by Rachel Bonnetta, at 4:30 p.m.
Now ESPN will begin its own betting one-hour daily program on ESPNews titled “Daily Wager,” beginning this Monday at 5 p.m. The show, which will be hosted by Doug Kezirian, will try to not only appeal to the gambler, but also attempt to be interesting to the general sports fan.
“It is not going to be for $29.99 and we are going to give you the top three plays of the day,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN’s executive vice president and executive editor.
While there are specific analysts — like ESPN New York’s Anita Marks — who will be regulars on the program, Williamson said people like Adam Schefter, Tim Legler and others will be on the show. The Schefters of the world won’t be asked to suggest bets, but to provide context and information on the betting storylines.
ESPN is starting the program on ESPNews because ESPN and ESPN2, with “Around The Horn,” “PTI” and “SportsCenter,” etc., are already set. It is actually a good strategy to let a show find its sea legs there before moving it up.
Williamson sees room for growth, possibly adding Saturday and Sunday shows for football and, if the programs do well, promotion up the ESPN channel ladder.
Turner Sports’ Champions League studio needs improvement as it lacks energy and feels disjointed. Kate Abdo, the host, is very solid, but around her it seems a mishmash.
It starts with having NBA Hall of Famer Steve Nash and Stu Holden in a separate studio than Abdo and the rest of the analysts.
Nash is a big soccer fan and his brother and father played professionally, but he is too low-key to be a non-player on the broadcast. It could work if he had a big personality, but if he does, he doesn’t show it.
Nash sits next to Holden in what could be a modern-day setup of Statler and Waldorf, but instead of some analysis with some tack, it feels like they are just there to be there. Holden has always been better on games than he is in studio.
Next week, Holden, Nash and the whole crew will be working in the same studio, which does make for a better listen.
ESPN and NBC Sports have always led the way on soccer coverage, realizing that viewers tuning it — especially mid-day on weekdays for Champions League — want nuance. It is only Year 1 for Turner, so you have to give it a chance to improve. It will need to if it is to reach the ESPN/NBC level.
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