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'Frustration' for Francesa facing Fox fix

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Here is a column I wrote for the Tuesday paper regarding the ongoing problems with Mike Francesa's two-month old Fox simulcast.

Francesa admitted to a "high level of frustration," reflecting similar sentiments from his fans, who have watched the show bounce around from Fox Sports 1 to Fox Sports 2 to nowhere thanks to assorted preemptions.

Several readers of mine have correctly pointed...

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O's Angel aces Jeter call

Derek Jeter throws during batting practice before a

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Remember Monday when John Sterling, Michael Kay and Derek Jeter himself all wrongly anticipated a ball he hit deep to leftfield at Yankee Stadium would land over the wall?

It prompted Newsday copy editor Craig Bustin to ask the sort of question good copy editors ask: Did the Orioles’ announcers get it right?

So I listened to Joe Angel, the O’s radio play-by-play voice and long-ago partner...

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Noah Murphy visits Tower of Babble

My father was born 94 years ago Saturday, so presumably he would have understood and perhaps agreed with the critics of Daniel Murphy’s brief paternity leave from the Mets this week.

In fairness, though, he died in 1967, so he missed a half-century of cultural evolution on this topic. The rest of us should know better by now.

But all seems fair in the worlds of social media and talk...

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Mike Francesa not a fan of Fox soccer preemptions

Mike Francesa talks about what a typical day

Mike Francesa's WFAN simulcast returned to Fox Sports 1 Friday after several days of preemptions, two of which were because of the network's commitment to live Champions League soccer coverage.

Here is how Big Mike opened the show Friday:

"They've missed a lot of activity the last couple of days off putting everybody to sleep with that soccer. But you know, that's their business. They...

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Boomer Esiason apologizes for 'C-section' comment

WFAN radio personalities Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton

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Boomer Esiason apologized - early and often - on his WFAN show Friday morning for comments he made two days earlier regarding Daniel Murphy's paternity leave from the Mets.

Esiason was not the only critic of paternity leave for ballplayers on sports talk radio - and among fans on social media - but nothing in the debate caused as much controversy as his suggestion that if it were him he would...

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Michael Kay rips Boomer Esiason re: Fathergate

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Michael Kay weighed in on his ESPN New York Radio show Thursday afternoon on the matter of Daniel Murphy's two-game paternity leave, and about what other talk show hosts have said about it, especially on WFAN.

He called out Boomer Esiason by name.

There was much yelling involved.

Here ya go:

"I’d have to be an unbelievably narcissistic baboon to make my choice on somebody...

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Daniel Murphy returns to Mets, Mike Francesa talks about him

Mike Francesa is shown in his home in

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Mike Francesa opened his WFAN radio show Thursday by discussing . . . what else? Daniel Murphy and his recently arrived bundle of joy.

"Little did I know I was going to start a national dialogue [Wednesday]," Francesa said after both he and WFAN's morning show were hit with a barrage of criticism after commenting on the delicate matter of paternity leave.

"I cannot believe how erroneous...

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Day II of Fathergate for Boomer Esiason, Craig Carton

Radio hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, of

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WFAN's morning duo of Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton returned early Thursday to the subject of Daniel Murphy's two-game paternity leave from the Mets, addressing criticism of their initial take Wednesday from assorted corners of social media and beyond.

They did not back off their initial opinion that assuming no medical complications for the mother or baby, Murphy and other professional...

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WFAN hosts take issue with Daniel Murphy's paternity leave

WFAN long-time radio host Mike Francesa. (June 19,

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The hosts of WFAN’s morning and afternoon shows rarely see eye to eye but on Wednesday both weighed in with similar takes on the subject of Daniel Murphy’s paternity leave from the Mets.

Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton began the discussion in the morning, with Esiason offering a particularly blunt opinion that took the matter a big step beyond the others.

“That’s not me,’’ he said. “I...

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Michael Kay averaging 19,000 viewers on YES

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

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Michael Kay's YES Network simulcast of his ESPN New York Radio show, which began two months ago Thursday, has averaged 19,000 viewers, YES said, citing Nielsen data for the New York area.

That is higher than the 14,000 viewers Mike Francesa's WFAN simulcast averaged during the same time frame in 2013, with Francesa's show coming at significantly more cost to YES.

Kay's viewership presumably...

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