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Thom Brennaman Welcome To Attend Reds Hall of Fame Ceremony

“Castellini also acknowledged he believes the younger Brennaman is deserving of a second chance despite his previous blunder, but not with the Reds.”

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Thom Brennaman predictably parted ways with the Cincinnati Reds after a hot mic caught him using a homophobic slur two months ago. But the legacy broadcaster will be in-house for at least one day next season, when his father Marty Brennaman is inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame.

Reds Hall of Fame Induction Weekend is scheduled for July 17-18 next year, when the 78-year-old retired play-by-play voice will be honored. Speaking with the Cincinnati Inquirer, Reds president Phil Castellini said Marty’s son, Thom Brennaman will be part of the celebration.

“The Brennamans have been such an amazing part of the Reds history,” Castellini said. “We’ll be inducting his dad (Marty) into the Reds Hall of Fame next year. You’ll definitely see Thom be a part of that ceremony.”

Castellini also acknowledged he believes the younger Brennaman is deserving of a second chance despite his previous blunder, but not with the Reds.

“He’s as good as anybody in the business, in my opinion. It was just an all around tragic situation. It’s something that shouldn’t be thought, much less said out loud. Thom knows that. We all know that,” Castellini told the Inquirer. “He knew exactly what the organization had to do and why. We were at the end of a contract year. That’s when he came to us and said, ‘I think I need to move on and repair my own damage done.’ He’s done a ton of that and is making a lot of great relationships. He’s certainly had an eye-opening, soul-searching experience of his own. You will see Thom back in a broadcast booth.

“Likely not (with the Reds),” Castellini added. “I just mean as a broadcaster because the guy can do any sport. He’s got that kind of talent. I think it’ll do him well to have some time off. But yeah, I absolutely expect that we will all see Thom somewhere again as a broadcaster of live sports.”

In addition to resigning from his role as a broadcaster with the Reds, FOX Sports also decided to remove the play-by-play voice from his slate of NFL games this season.

It’s very possible Brennaman receives a second chance down the road and it’s interesting to hear the Reds president say he believes that opportunity is deserved, just not with his team. If any organization will be tolerant enough to afford Brennaman another broadcast opportunity, one could think the team he spent 14 years with and his father spent nearly a half century with, would be at the top of the list.

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ESPN’s NFL Programming Sees Big September Growth

For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

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For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

Sunday NFL Countdown is averaging 1.4 million viewers per show thus far in 2022. That up 15% from 2021’s first three shows of the NFL season. The season premiere – Sunday, Sept. 11 – averaged 1.6 million viewers, tying the network’s best Week 1 audience for the show since 2016 and is up 35% year-over-year.

NFL Live experienced large growth too. The episode airing after the first NFL Sunday, on Monday September 12, averaged 664,000 viewers which beat every NFL Live episode last season, including the most-watched episode on 2021 (December 17) which grabbed 635,000 viewers.

Monday Night Countdown is averaging 1.3 million viewers for its two, non-staggered September episodes, which aired in its traditional timeslot (6-8 pm).

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ESPN Assigns Broadcast Teams for MLB Wild Card Round

In preparation for the postseason, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

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There are just a few games left in the MLB season and the postseason begins this weekend with the Wild Card round. In preparation, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

Andrew Marchand reports that the team assigned to the presumptive New York Mets Wild Card series will be Karl Ravech, David Cone and Eduardo Perez. The Mets still mathematically can win the NL East but they trail the Braves by two games with three to play.

He also reports that the St. Louis Wild Card series will be called by Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez. The Cleveland series will be broadcast by Boog Sciambi and Doug Glanville while the Toronto series will be called by Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza and Tim Kurkjian.

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Stugotz: ‘Sean McDonough Hates The Aaron Judge Cut-Ins’

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

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College football fans are not being shy with how they feel about Aaron Judge. Whether it is private conversations or social media posts, people are making their disdain for the cut-ins to college football games on ESPN networks when the Yankee slugger comes to bat known. On Monday morning, Stugotz added that it isn’t just fans that are unhappy.

The Dan Le Batard Show discussed the second straight week of cut-ins on Monday morning. Stugotz pointed out that one of ESPN’s primary college football voices sounds just as annoyed as fans are.

“Sean McDonough hates the toss to Aaron Judge,” he said. Hates it!”

Last week, ESPN and ABC cut into games when Judge was sitting on 60 home runs. This week, he was sitting on 61. A 62nd home run would be the most in American League history.

Stugotz added that has to be part of McDonough’s frustration.

“In his defense, what are we cutting in for? I have no idea if [Aaron Judge] is breaking a record, what record he’s breaking, if he’s clean. I have no idea!”

Producer Mike Ryan Ruiz said the fact that Judge is yet to deliver is making the cut-ins more frustrating for fans.

“I think what hurts the whole thing is that Aaron Judge has been terrible during these cut-ins,” Ruiz said. “He’s been God awful during these cut-ins. I haven’t seen a single home runs during one of these cut-ins. There was genuine fury at a watch party I was at. Fury! At Aaron Judge.”

A popular criticism of ESPN has been that this kind of attention would not be paid to Aaron Judge if he was chasing a mark that wasn’t the home run record if he played anywhere other than New York. According to Ryan, the mistake is bigger than that. Why would regular season baseball ever interrupt college football?

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

There are four games left in Major League Baseball’s regular season. You can bet college football fans will make plenty of signs for College GameDay if Judge cannot hit number 62 before the playoffs start.

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