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Daron Sutton Exits Angels Broadcast Booth
The Angels named the broadcaster to their telecast team in March of this year.
The Los Angeles Angels have made a mid-season change to their television broadcast booth. According to The Athletic, The club informed Daron Sutton he will no longer be involved in Angels’ broadcasts.
Sutton said the team told him Saturday that he wouldn’t be on Bally Sports West telecasts moving forward. The decision was a surprise to the son of Hall-of-Fame pitcher Don Sutton.
“This was definitely more of a trial or test than I understood when we started,” Sutton said in a statement to reporters on Sunday. “I enjoyed every second of this opportunity and will cherish the memories always. I am proud of every moment of television the Bally Sports team produced that I was a part of, without incident, and to the joy and satisfaction of so many.”
The broadcaster was in the midst of his first season as a co-play-by-play broadcaster alongside Matt Vasgersian. A dream job of sorts after he grew up an Angels fan. The franchise tabbed Sutton with the role because of Vasgersian’s split schedule calling games for the Angels, MLB Network, and ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.
Daron Sutton and Vasgersian took over for Victor Rojas after the minor-league Frisco Rough Riders named Rojas their president and general manager this winter.
The 2021 season wasn’t Sutton’s first stint with LA. He worked as a radio play-by-play broadcaster for the club in 2000 and 2001 before becoming the television play-by-play voice for the Milwaukee Brewers from 2002-06 and Arizona Diamondbacks from 2007-12.
After 2012, Sutton has most recently worked for Fox Sports broadcasting games alongside a radio hosting role with MLB Network radio. The team has not announced a replacement for Sutton. Teams around the league are getting a nice All-Star Break to relax, all while the Angels search for the next voice to pair alongside Vasgersian.
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Sean McManus: LIV Golfers Won’t Get Different Treatment During The Masters
“We’re not gonna put our heads in the sand.”
CBS Sports is preparing for coverage of its 68th consecutive year of The Masters, but the 2023 event could prove to be unlike any before it, and CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus is cognizant of the situation.
After several former Masters champions departed the PGA Tour for the upstart LIV Golf, many pondered what that meant for the sport’s major championships. The Masters decided to continue to allow the golfers who are now playing exclusively with the Saudi-backed league to compete for the green jacket. McManus shared that CBS will continue the showcase the golfers as it always has.
“We’re not gonna cover up or hide anything,” McManus said, as reported by Golf Digest. “As I’ve said so often, our job is to cover the golf tournament. We’re not gonna show any different treatment for the golfers who have played on the LIV tour than we do the other golfers. And if there’s a pertinent point or something that we need to, or we feel that we should bring up in our coverage on Saturday and Sunday, or on our other coverage throughout the week, you know, we’re not gonna put our heads in the sand.
“Having said that, unless it really affects the story that’s taking place on the golf course, we’re not gonna go out of our way to cover it. I’m not sure there’s anything that we could add to the story as it already exists. We’ll cover it as, as is suitable.”
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NFL Owners Not Voting on Flex Scheduling For Thursday Night Football
“The owners have simply decided to wait until May to make their decision.”
Amazon will have to wait for flex scheduling. NFL owners decided to table a proposal that would allow the league to create more compelling matchups for Thursday Night Football later in the season.
That doesn’t mean flex scheduling won’t be a reality on Thursday nights this season. The owners have simply decided to wait until May to make their decision.
Earlier this week, Peter King of NBC Sports reported that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is pushing the idea. Coaches have been outspoken about how much they dislike it, complaining about managing injuries and the competitive disadvantage that would come with finding out you suddenly have a shorter week of preparation than expected. According to King, Goodell is trying to make Amazon happy after the first season of Thursday Night Football failed to deliver projected audience numbers for Prime Video.
League owners did take a step they hope will lead to fewer games between losing teams. Last season, teams could only be scheduled once for a Thursday night game. The owners decided to bump that limit up to twice per season.
Goodell defended the proposal against accusations that the league is prioritizing revenue over player safety.
“We always look at the data with respect to injuries,” he told the media gathered at the league meetings. “That is what drove our decisions throughout the first 12 or so years of Thursday Night Football and how it’s evolved. I think the data was very clear: it doesn’t show a higher injury rate. But we recognize shorter weeks. We went through this with COVID, too.”
When the idea of flex scheduling is revisited in May, it will require the support of 24 team owners in order to become a reality.
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Eric Shanks Got Approval From Alex Rodriguez Before FOX Hired Derek Jeter
“Why wouldn’t we reach out?”
Derek Jeter is going to work a very limited schedule for FOX next season. Still, before he came on board, FOX Sports CEO Eric Shanks wanted the support of Jeter’s former Yankees teammate and on-again/off-again friend Alex Rodriguez.
Andrew Marchand is reporting that Shanks reached out to ARod personally. Rodriguez gave his approval to the network.
“Why wouldn’t we reach out?” a Fox Sports spokesman said when The New York Post reached out for confirmation.
While Derek Jeter is now part of the FOX family, fans shouldn’t expect to see him every time baseball is on the network. He is only scheduled to work “marquee events”. This season, those include the London series, the All-Star Game, and the World Series.
He will be at the desk alongside Kevin Burkhardt, David Ortíz, and Rodriguez.