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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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RIP, Sandy Grossman

Condolences to the family and friends of Sandy Grossman, one of the most accomplished directors in sports TV history, who died of cancer this week at age 78.

Grossman directed numerous major events, including NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals, but he was best known as the director for the storied NFL team at CBS and Fox that featured Pat Summerall and John Madden.

Here is a statement...

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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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Mike Francesa on TV simulcast: 'Have a little patience'

Mike Francesa talks about what a typical day

Opening Day began a new era in local New York baseball media, with the Mets on WOR radio and Mike Francesa for the first time in his career hosting a WFAN show during a Mets game.

Tuesday night will bring another change: YES carrying a simulcast of Michael Kay’s ESPN New York radio show on a day when YES’ play-by-play man will call a regular-season Yankees game.

How will that work logistically?

The...

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Mike Francesa returns to TV on Fox Sports 1

Mike Francesa is shown in his home in

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Just after 1 p.m. ET Monday, WFAN's Mike Francesa returned to television for the first time since his final simulcast on the YES Network Super Bowl Sunday morning.

Francesa, sporting a new look with fashionable dark-framed glasses, welcomed viewers to Fox Sports 1, which will carry the show from 1 to 4 p.m. daily. The final 2.5 hours will be seen on Fox Sports 2, which nationally is available...

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CBS believes Boomer and Carton are national treasures

Radio hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, of

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Mike Francesa returns to TV Monday with a simulcast on Fox Sports 1 (and 2), joining his WFAN confreres Craig Carton and Boomer Carton in appearing nationwide with locally-oriented New York radio programs.

Seems odd, what with CBS Sports having its own national morning show (featuring Tiki Barber) that was bypassed in favor of Boomer and Carton, who appear on CBS Sports Network a total of...

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Mike Francesa to announce TV home Wednesday

WFAN long-time employee Mike Francesa, just before his

Mike Francesa said early in his WFAN show Tuesday afternoon that "the deal is done" for a new simulcast home and that he will announce it Wednesday.

Newsday reported Feb. 9 that he was bound for Fox Sports 1.

Francesa was simulcast on the YES Network from 2002 until Super Bowl Sunday this year. The next day, ESPN New York's Michael Kay moved into Francesa's old time slot on YES.

Fox...

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John Smoltz joins Fox's MLB roster

JOHN SMOLTZ, RHP 213-155, 3.33 ERA, 3,084 K,

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Fox announced that John Smoltz and Matt Vasgersian will team up on Fox Sports 1 baseball telecasts, presumably as in effect the No. 2 team behind Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci....

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Report: Verducci, Reynolds to join Buck in No. 1 Fox booth

Adam Jones, baseball outfielder with the Baltimore Orioles,

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Fox has taken its time naming a replacement for Tim McCarver alongside Joe Buck in its No. 1 baseball booth, but with Opening Day approaching the network is poised to tab Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci, The Big Lead.com reported.

The move does not come as a surprise, especially in the case of Reynolds, a two-time All-Star as a player with an extensive TV resume that includes stints at ESPN...

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Erin Andrews will stay with Fox Sports despite new DWTS gig

Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews during a

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Erin Andrews will join ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" as a co-host, the show announced Monday.

I will leave the basics of this matter to our non-sports media/entertainment crew, but for the purposes of our little corner of the world the important thing is that Ms. Andrews will continue in her multi-faceted role with Fox Sports.

Andrews - a former contestant on DWTS - is following the...

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