St. Louis Cardinals television play-by-play voice Dan McLaughlin will not return to the club in 2023.
The news was announced Thursday as a “mutual decision” by Bally Sports Midwest, McLaughlin, and the franchise.
“Dan McLaughlin will not return as the Cardinals television play-by-play announcer on Bally Sports Midwest,” the team and telecaster said in a joint statement. “Dan has been the voice of memorable Cardinals moments for 24 years. We thank him for his contributions to Cardinals baseball, to Cardinals fans, and for his many charitable efforts.”
The 48-year-old was charged with his third DWI earlier this month. According to police, concerned drivers called law enforcement officials about a white BMW driving erratically. One caller added it was driving into oncoming traffic. McLaughlin was booked on December 6th. He had previously been charged with the crime twice in a 13 month span in 2010 and 2011.
In his own statement, the longtime Cardinals voice thanked those he worked with while adding it was time to focus on himself.
“I have spent the last several days reflecting on my steps towards addressing my health and the well-being of my family and me,” he said. “I have come to the conclusion that my sole focus needs to be on my recovery, which I have started, and that of my wife and (four) children.
“As a result, I am stepping away from my duties at Bally Sports Midwest,” he added. “I thank all of the people of Bally for their support throughout the years and wish them the best. As I move forward, I please ask for your patience and your privacy. Thank you. God Bless.”
McLaughlin had already been suspended by Bally Sports Midwest from his duties announcing St. Louis University men’s basketball games shown on the network after his December 6th arrest.
Kathryn Tappen Joining NBC’s Big Ten Coverage
“Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.”
NBC has tabbed Kathryn Tappen as its sideline reporter for the network’s upcoming coverage of Big Ten football, according to a report from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post.
According to Marchand, Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.
Tappen has hosted Notre Dame football’s studio coverage and Peacock Sunday Night Football Final. She also worked as NBC’s lead interviewer for its coverage of the PGA Tour, but left that broadcast team at the end of 2022 as part of the network’s larger shakeup of its golf coverage.
The appointment of Kathryn Tappen conceivably concludes the Big Ten on NBC broadcast crew. Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge are expected to pair as the network’s play-by-play announcer and color analyst, respectively. NBC has yet to officially unveil its coverage plans for the 2023 college football season.
Peter King: Sean McVay Wants to be a Star, ‘Not Just Some Guy on TV’
“I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”
L.A. Rams head coach Sean McVay will remain at his post for the 2023-24 season. The team tweeted that news Friday afternoon, seeming to, at least for now, put the rumors of McVay leaving coaching for a TV job to rest.
ProFootballTalk’s Peter King wrote in Football Morning in America on Monday that McVay understands the kind of position on television he’s looking for may not necessarily be there for him.
“I don’t think that was the only thing about TV that appealed to him, but I don’t think McVay was interested in being Just a Guy on TV,” King wrote. “I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”
King noted that McVay has been told to “Do what makes you happy” by folks with the Rams. He also said he believes coaching is what Makes McVay happy. Especially with a chance to shake up his coaching staff and being involved in trying to bring the team back from a 5-12 season in their follow-up campaign to winning the Super Bowl.
“He wants to be challenged, and this staff wasn’t doing it,” King said. “Offensive coordinator Liam Coen may not have been what McVay wanted in an OC—a coach who would challenge him and bring new ideas to him—and that could be why he’s going back to the University of Kentucky as a coordinator.”
Lisa Salters Makes Monday Night Football History Completing 11th Season on Sideline
“Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.”
Monday night’s Cowboys/Bucs wild card playoff game set a new milestone for ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters.
The network tweeted that Salters completed her 11th season in that role. That makes her the longest tenured reporter in Monday Night Football history.
Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.
“When I first got the call to do Monday Night Football, I would have never thought that 10 years later I would still be doing it,” Salters said last year in a video reminiscing on ten years on Monday Night Football. “I was at home and I got a phone call from my boss Vince Doria and he said, ‘Hey, I was wondering if you would be interested in being a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football‘, and I couldn’t believe what he just asked me.”
Salters is also featured on network coverage of the NBA, something she’s been doing since 2005.