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John McEnroe expands ESPN role

4. JOHN MCENROE He was dominant at the

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ESPN announced that John McEnroe will expand his role there to include non-tennis-related appearances on TV and radio.

That includes appearing as a commentator on various topics on "SportsCenter" and as an interviewer for sitdowns with sports stars.

The new gig includes appearances on ESPN Radio New York. (McEnroe grew up in Douglaston, Queens.)

“It should be interesting and fun,...

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Michael Kay fires back at Mike Francesa

Yankees play-by-play man Michael Kay calls Hartsdale home.

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Fox Sports 1 has emerged as a contender to simulcast Mike Francesa’s WFAN radio show, which if it occurs could make for some very interesting company picnics.

Now that Fox is set to increase its stake in the YES Network to 80 percent, the simulcasts of both Francesa’s show and Michael Kay’s ESPN New York radio show could both be on Fox-owned channels.

Did I mention Francesa and Kay are...

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Mike Francesa says CBSSN would prefer Attila the Hun over him

WFAN longtime radio host Mike Francesa on the

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By process of elimination, Fox Sports 1 and MSG must be the leading contenders for MIke Francesa's TV simulcast, what with Francesa saying on the air Tuesday that the cost of his show would exceed SNY's budget, then saying this about the "people" who run CBS Sports - and CBS Sports Network:

"We don’t get along. We haven’t gotten along for a long time. They would never, ever put me on the CBS...

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Will Mike Francesa, Michael Kay both end up on Fox channels?

WFAN long-time employee Mike Francesa, just before his

Michael Kay's first day on the YES Network averaged 0.61 percent of New York- area homes, a promising start for the ESPN Radio host's new TV simulcast.

(Mike Francesa's simulcast usually averaged in the 0.2-0.3 range; time will tell whether Kay can perform at or near that level over an extended period.)

The tune-in factor might have been helped by the social media storm that followed...

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Mike Francesa on Michael Kay: 'Classless, loser move'

Diet Cokes in an ice chest at a

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Michael Kay opened his first simulcast on the YES Network Monday with a not-so-veiled shot at WFAN's Mike Francesa, who occupied that time slot for 12 years.

Shortly after going on the air at 3 p.m., Kay dumped a plastic bottle of Diet Coke - Francesa's longtime beverage of choice - into a garbage can held by his partner, Don LaGreca.

The gag was executed wordlessly, but the reference...

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Mike Ditka still frosty re cold-weather Super Bowl

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 09: Former Chicago Bears

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Mike Ditka's oft-stated disapproval of the first cold-weather Super Bowl is well known - and second only in prominence in recent weeks among Hall of Famers-turned-TV-analysts to Fox's Terry Bradshaw.

Coach Ditka was at it again Wednesday during a session ESPN arranged for reporters to grill its analysts at the Super Bowl media center.

Here ya go:

"I don’t [like it]. I’ve said it...

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Keith Olbermann rips police escorts for media . . .

TV personality Keith Olbermann reportedly is returning to

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 . . . quoting a Tweet by me!

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Michael Kay simulcast starts on YES Feb. 3

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The YES Network made official Thursday what long had been expected: That Michael Kay's ESPN New York radio program will be simulcast on YES starting Feb. 3.

That will be the day after WFAN's Mike Francesa concludes his run at the station with his Super Bowl Sunday morning show.

Francesa and his former partner, Chris Russo, had their show simulcast on YES since the network's inception...

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Michael Kay soon will say 'yes' to YES

Yankees play-by-play man Michael Kay calls Hartsdale home.

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With WFAN's Mike Francesa winding down his long simulcast run on YES - his final show will be Super Bowl Sunday morning - the network is poised to make official what long has been expected:

That Francesa's afternoon drive time counterpart at ESPN Radio, Michael Kay, will take over most of that time slot, effective Feb. 3.

The announcement could come as early as Thursday.

Francesa...

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ESPN schedules Yankees for three Sunday nights

Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury puts on his jersey during

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It's not quite as romantic as pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, but another early harbinger of spring is ESPN's announcement of its early "Sunday Night Baseball" slate.

This season - the network's 25th carrying Sunday night MLB games  - features three games involving Our Yankees: hosting the Red Sox and Angels April 13 and 27, and visiting the Orioles July...

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