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Will Middlebrooks ‘Takes Pride’ In NESN Opportunity

“There’s something to be said and I take pride in this. I see the game differently than a lot of players that are in the media because a lot of players that are in the media are Hall-of-Famers.”

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This season, 6-year MLB veteran Will Middlebrooks got to be a part of the NESN network doing pre and postgame shows before games and he got to be an analyst in the booth for the end of the season. Even though he may not be a household name to people outside of New England, Middlebrooks wants to share his perspective of the game to fans that may be different from others:

Middlebrooks was a guest on The Jared Carrabis Podcast this week and he said that he feels he can look at the game differently because the game didn’t come as easy to him as it did for other former big leaguers currently in the media.

“There’s something to be said and I take pride in this. I see the game differently than a lot of players that are in the media because a lot of players that are in the media are Hall-of-Famers. MLB Network, they want Hall-of-Famers or not even just Hall-of-Famers, players that had 10-15 year careers and were really good players. ESPN, they want Hall-of-Famers. FOX, TBS, they want Hall-of-Famers…I enjoy hearing what those guys have to say, but the game looked easy to them.

“I’m not going to say they didn’t grind or went through their own battles, but not like most of us. Most of us, it’s a really hard game and it beats the shit out of you for years and mentally you just crumble….I just feel like that’s what’s going to help me in being critical of players because I can explain to you why they screwed up.”

While in the booth, Middlebrooks knows his audience may not lean highly on analytics, but he knows he needs to blend in advanced stats in order to get people to come to the game so that baseball has its next generation of fans.

“It’s finding that line for this audience. You think about Boston and Red Sox fans, there’s way more 70-year-olds watching than 20-year-olds. That’s Red Sox baseball. The older you get, the more you probably love it….They want nothing to do with me talking about launch angle. They probably throw up in their mouths when I bring it up.

“But, if you want to grow the game, you need the younger generation to be those 70-year-olds one day and right now is when you kind of have to grab them. I’ll mix it in and I’ll find ways to mix it in in that old-school way.”

If Middlebrooks does more games for NESN in 2023, he will always remember the advice Dennis Eckersley gave to him in the booth and Middlebrooks called that a special moment for him and not something to take for granted.

“He was so passionate. I felt like he didn’t feel he was in the booth. We were on cam for a lot of that and they eventually went off-cam and he was still talking for a little bit. I looked over and he’s in tears. This means so much to this guy. It would be disrespectful of me to not take this seriously and not put everything I can into it if I get to do some games next year just because of how much he cares. It was cool. It was special.”

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FOX Doubles Ad Price For Premiere US World Cup Matches

FOX has capitalized by charging $600,000 per 30-second commercial during its coverage of USA/England.

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The 2022 World Cup is underway and the opener received a gigantic ratings increase for FOX Sports. Now, according to a report from Front Office Sports, the network has doubled its ad price for the USA match versus England.

USA/England will air in a lucrative window, at 2:00 PM ET on Black Friday, and FOX has capitalized by charging $600,000 per 30-second commercial during its coverage of the match. That price, according to Front Office Sports reporters Michael McCarthy and Doug Greenberg, is double what the network had asked for from advertisers for other matches.

While the event opener saw a sharp increase, the first match featuring the United States saw a decline from previous World Cup openers for the country. 11.71 million watched the match in the US between FOX Sports and Telemundo. In 2014, 11.1 million watched on ESPN and in 2010 13 million watched the first US match on ABC.

Analysists have predicted FOX Sports could garner nearly $125 million in ad revenue for the duration of the tournament.

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Telemundo’s Miguel Gurwitz Announcing World Cup, NFL Thanksgiving Games For 18 Straight Hours Thursday

With the game expected to end at 2:00 AM local time, that means Gurwitz will be announcing games for over 18 hours on Thursday.

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With the World Cup happening at an unprecedented time, there were bound to be scheduling conflicts. The conflicts for Telemundo’s Miguel Gurwitz, however, might be the real unprecedented nature of the event being played in November.

Gurwitz works on Telemundo’s coverage of the World Cup while calling matches as the secondary play-by-play announcer. Beginning at 11:00 AM in Doha, Gurwitz will work the network’s coverage of the event.

But as the soccer day turns to tonight, Gurwitz will call Telemundo’s broadcast of the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings game from Qatar. With the game expected to end at 2:00 AM local time, that means Gurwitz will be announcing games for over 18 hours on Thursday.

He will also do the feat again on Sunday, as he’ll broadcast World Cup matches for the network during the day and then announce the Packers and Eagles game for Sunday Night Football.

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Kevin Burkhardt: ‘Honor To Be In People’s Homes’ During Thanksgiving Broadcast

“There were a couple on the calendar that I thought that it might hit me and be very, very cool.”

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On Thanksgiving, Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen will call their first Thanksgiving Day game for FOX when the New York Giants take on the Dallas Cowboys (4:30 PM ET). It’s been a memorable year for Burkhardt and Olsen in their first year as the A broadcast team for FOX that will end in the duo calling the Super Bowl in February.

Burkhardt was a guest on The Season with Peter Schrager podcast this week and talked about the honor of getting the chance to be on the call for a Thanksgiving Day game.

“The whole job is big and we are doing big games every week. There were a couple on the calendar that I thought that it might hit me and be very, very cool. One of them was Dallas-Green Bay, which turned out to be epic a couple of weeks ago.

“The playoffs and the Super Bowl will be great, but Thanksgiving Day. Growing up in a football family, it was kind of eating around both games. Catch the early game, halftime, go throw the football in the street, eat the meal between games, then the Cowboys game comes on, you watch that. Maybe halftime you watch or maybe you throw the football again. Watch the rest of the game, you have dessert after the game. That was the day.

“It is an honor because you are in a lot of people’s homes every week. I feel like you really are in people’s homes…. You are kind of like hugging everybody. I think it’s beyond awesome, I really do.”

Burkhardt mentioned to Schrager that he and Olsen knew they had big shoes to fill after taking over for Joe Buck and Troy Aikman (both now at ESPN) and it felt like walking in to a new job, but the A crew at FOX helped them and he liked that he and Olsen got to do it together.

“It’s been awesome. It really has. When you go into a situation like this, Joe and Troy were there for 2 decades, that’s a long time. People have long-standing relationships. Even though I’ve been at FOX for 9 years and Greg was there last year, we are the new guys essentially.

“You walk in, you don’t know how they are going to react to you, what they are going to think of you, if they think you are any good and all that stuff. From Day 1, it was like welcome to the family, we love you. I know that sounds kind of cheesy, but it’s been awesome. It felt like we’ve just fit right in. I think there’s been some cool symmetry, the fact that Greg and I got to do it together because we have such a bond.

“The fact that we got to jump in together I think has kind of been fun and helped us both because he knows me really well and I know him really well. Then, it was just getting everyone else to know us and vice versa.”

The one thing that Burkhardt did have to adjust to was a different style of show and that each production team has different viewpoint and creativity.

“The crew I’ve been on my whole life with Pete Macheska and Artie Kempner, they do a different show than Z (Richie Zyontz) and Russo (Rich Russo) do it. It’s not good, bad, or indifferent. Everyone has different viewpoints and creativity. I think it was just getting used to each other in terms of that, but it’s felt like I’ve worked with them for 25 years. It’s felt seamless. It’s felt fun.”

Even though Burkhardt is now the lead NFL play-by-play voice for FOX, that doesn’t mean he is going to change how he does a game.

“I’m not going to change my style or who I am. I’m not saying I’m not open to critiques and wanting to get better and to get coached. The basis of what I do and how I do it, I’m not going to change that now because I’m on the A crew. They liked me enough to put me here, so I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing. Maybe tweaks here and there, but if I radically changed now, I’d be a moron.” 

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