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Ken Singleton Announces Retirement Following The 2021 Baseball Season

“In 2019, Singleton’s schedule was reduced from 55 to 24 games, and this season he’s expected to be on the call for only a handful of broadcasts.”

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After more than 35 years as a broadcaster and a half-century involved in Major League Baseball, YES Network’s Ken Singleton is set to retire from the Yankees booth following the 2021 season.  

We’ve seen this headline before, with Singleton announcing plans to retire after the 2018 season. But later that summer, reports began to circle that Singleton would instead reduce his schedule and return to the booth in 2019. 

According to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, YES Network president of programming and production John Filippelli seems to believe the 73-year-old’s pending retirement is more of a sure thing this time around. In 2019, Singleton’s schedule was reduced from 55 to 24 games, and this season he’s expected to be on the call for only a handful of broadcasts. 

One series that already has Singleton’s name on it is the Yankees final three-game set of the season against Tampa Bay in October. The series will give Singleton the opportunity to say goodbye after nearly two decades with YES, joining the network for their launch in 2002. 

Singleton’s run as a broadcaster began as an analyst for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1985 shortly after his 15-year playing career came to an end. From 1987-1996, Singleton worked with the Montreal Expos, calling games on radio and TV, later joining the Yankees broadcast crew in ’97. 

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3.72 Million Tune In To See LeBron James Break Scoring Record

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Lakers star LeBron James surpassed the NBA’s all-time scoring record on Tuesday night, and TNT benefitted from the milestone ratings wise.

According to Sports Media Watch, Tuesday night’s game averaged 2.98 million viewers. That figure made it TNT’s biggest regular season audience in over two years.

The broadcast peaked at 3.72 million around 11:45 p.m. when James passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the record.

Reporting also indicated that the game was the number one single-network program on TV in key demographics.

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Disney Makes ESPN Independent Division In Corporate Restructuring

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Disney is in the process of reorganizing and restructuring the company, and details have emerged about the company’s plans for ESPN.

Deadline reported on Wednesday that ESPN will be one of three standalone segments comprising Disney. Entertainment and Parks, Experiences & Products are the other two segments.

The reorganization comes amid the exit of former CEO Bob Chapek and the re-entry of CEO Bob Iger. As one of Iger’s first moves back running Disney, he announced a restructuring of Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

It was also reported that Jimmy Pitaro will continue as the president of ESPN.

In total, more than 7,000 jobs will be eliminated after the restructuring.

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Roger Goodell: ‘Wouldn’t Surprise Me’ To See Thursday Night Football Move to Flex Scheduling

“Not today, but it’ll certainly be something that’s on our horizon.”

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In 2023, Monday Night Football will join Sunday Night Football in having the ability to flex NFL games into its window. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday Night Football could someday join that elite club.

During his “State of the League” speech Wednesday, Goodell said Thursday Night Football having the ability to flex matchups “wouldn’t at all surprise me”.

“Not today, but it’ll certainly be something that’s on our horizon,” the NFL Commissioner said.

ESPN bargained for the ability to move higher profile games into Monday Night Football during its negotiations with the league for the next television contract that begins this upcoming season.

NBC has long held the ability to shift a select number of games from earlier windows into the Sunday Night Football primetime slot.

Amazon Prime Video just completed the first of an 11-year contract that sees the streaming platform spend nearly $1 billion per year on the Thursday Night Football package.

One of the largest storylines of Amazon’s debut season with the NFL was the near-constant ridicule from play-by-play announcer Al Michaels over the lackluster TNF schedule. Michaels made headlines over several weeks for his candor on the lack of interesting matchups, going as far as to joke that if the schedule didn’t improve he would retire.

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