ESPN announced yesterday that they have signed a multi-year deal to broadcast New England Patriots games on ESPN Radio outside of the New England market. The Patriots radio network flag-shipped by 98.5 The SportsHub will still have exclusive rights in this market, but Patriots fans who live outside of New England will get more opportunities to hear the Patriots on the radio.
Similar deals have been signed with the New York Giants, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins by ESPN Radio.
ESPN NFL analysts Herm Edwards, Bill Polian and Damien Woody will each work several of ESPN Radio’s national broadcasts. Additional commentators and the complete schedule will be announced at a later date.
NESN announced yesterday that Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy is suffering from seasonal allergies and will miss the next few games. Remy himself tweeted yesterday to assure fans “have no fear-that’s all that it is.”
Dennis Eckersley filled in on the broadcast last night, and will also be in the booth on Friday night when the Red Sox travel to New York to take on the Yankees. WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford will fill in tonight and tomorrow night in Philadelphia.
CSNNE, Celtics hold Boston Strong Auction (Last Day Is Today)
Comcast SportsNet, NECN and Boston Celtics are joining to auction 10 tickets in the Comcast SportsNet luxury suite to the Boston Strong concert on May 30, 2013 at the TD Garden. Night would include 10 tickets to the concert plus complimentary food and beverage.
The Boston Strong concert features performances from legendary Boston recording artists Aerosmith, Boston, J Geils Band, New Kids on the Block, and James Taylor; major recording acts Jason Aldean, Jimmy Buffett, Dane Cook, Extreme, Godsmack, and Carole King; and Boston comedians Dane Cook and Steven Wright.
To enter the auction, visit www.celtics.com.
The auction ends at 5:00pm today, Opening auction bid: $2,500
All proceeds from this auction will benefit the Richard Family Fund, c/o the St. Mark’s Area Main Street, 1914 Dorchester Ave. Dorchester, MA 02124. Visit Richardfamilyfund.org for details on the fund.
WEEI Offering “Ultimate Fenway Experience”
WEEI is giving people a chance to have the “Ultimate Fenway Experience” while helping the Pan-Mass Challenge. The prize includes four dugout seats to the June 19th game, a tour of the park including on-field access during batting practice, dinner for four at the EMC club, and a tour of the WEEI broadcast booth. Raffle tickets are only $2.00 each, and can be purchased here.
The drawing will be held on May 31st.
Get To Know Salk
The Boston Magazine website has an interview with WEEI afternoon host Mike Salk. He explains his philosophy on sports talk:
I don’t typically have the same opinion as the majority of people. I don’t view myself as a contrarian, and I never take a position just to argue it, but I think it just kind of happens. You don’t need to take a false position just to generate controversy. I don’t like that. You’re trying to relate to listeners and have a conversation with them that is something that you might have with your buddies at a bar. Adding an intellectual take on it is what I think makes it fun. Hopefully you say, “Oh, I never really thought about it that way.”
I’d like to see this show succeed, but the early returns haven’t been good.