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Gary Apple replaces Chris Carlin as Mets studio host

Manhattan - April 10, 2013: Bobby Ojeda, Bobby

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SNY announced Tuesday that Gary Apple will replace Chris Carlin as the network's primary studio host for Mets games alongside analyst Bob Ojeda.

Carlin, who had been in that role the previous five seasons, will remain with the network, including as a co-host of the show "Loud Mouths" and as an anchor on SNY's nightly news and highlights show.

Apple has been a member of the SNY staff...

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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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'Heidi Game' turns 45

JOE NAMATH 1965-1976 136 games (126 starts), 60-61-4

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Forty-five years ago Sunday I was worried some silly football game would delay the beginning of “Heidi,’’ which I and many of my fellow 8-year-olds were very much looking forward to watching.

Happily, NBC executives left the Jets-Raiders game right at 7 p.m., and all was well! Kind of.

As it turned out, there were many football fans less than enthusiastic about the move, especially after...

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Special addition to SNY team: Mike Westhoff

Tim Tebow talks with special teams coordinator Mike

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One negative of the Jets’ surprising start is that it has put a damper on SNY analyst Ray Lucas’ colorful postgame emoting, which late last season was becoming more entertaining than the games themselves.

But that is not the only reason the postgame show has taken on a different tone this season. With Adam Schein and his, um, distinctive voice having left for CBS Sports Network, SNY has used...

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Must-see TV? Not Yankees or Mets

'Mr. Met' poses for a photograph in the

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The final ratings are in for the local baseball nines, and as you might expect in this playoff-free season, they are grim.

Last year, Yankees games on YES averaged 3.92 percent of New York-area homes, the network’s lowest such figure in a decade. Now that looks like the good old days.

YES’ average rating fell by a third to 2.62 in 2013, despite a late wild-card race and emotional farewells...

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