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Sterling’s Consecutive Games Streak To End In June

“Rickie Ricardo, the Yankees play-by-play announcer for their Spanish broadcast, is currently scheduled to fill in for Sterling on June 26th.”

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An impressive 30-year streak for the iconic Yankee radio voice, John Sterling is scheduled to end this season.  Since joining the Yankees radio booth in 1989, Sterling has yet to miss a game, but he expects that to change on June 26th when the broadcaster plans to attend his triplets’ high school graduation.

“There’s no issue,” Sterling told Neil Best of Newsday. “There’s no other priority. I’m going to my kids’ graduation . . . I think I’ve earned it.”

Including the postseason, Sterling has called more than 4,900 consecutive official games for the Yankees, a streak that will break 5,000 before June 26th, barring any unforeseen circumstance.  It’s by far the longest such streak in Major League Baseball history, with the late Tom Cheek coming the closest, calling 4,306 consecutive games for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Heading into the 2016 season, Sterling expected his iron man streak would come to an end when his daughter graduated high school, but it happened to fall on a Yankees off-day.  The voice of the Yankees didn’t have the same luck this season.

Wednesday, June 26th is slated to be an afternoon contest against the Toronto Blue Jays, ahead of two off-days when the Yanks will travel to London with the Boston Red Sox.  While Sterling is comfortable letting the streak end on his own terms, there’s always the chance for a rainout to preserve his consecutive game tally.  

Rickie Ricardo, the Yankees play-by-play announcer for their Spanish broadcast, is currently scheduled to fill in for Sterling on June 26th.  Ricardo will join Suzyn Waldman on the call who has partnered with Sterling in the Yankees booth since 2005.  

Traditionally, radio announcers on a baseball broadcast take turns providing play-by-play, but Waldman has relegated those duties to Sterling since joining the Yankees full-time.  No word as to whether or not WFAN’s first ever voice would step out of her analyst role to call the game for a few innings while Sterling attends his triplets’ graduation.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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106.7 The Fan Extends Deal to Remain Washington Nationals Flagship

“We’re looking forward to continuing to serve as the home for everything Nats for the foreseeable future…”

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106.7 The Fan has announced it has reached a multi-year extension with the Washington Nationals to remain as the MLB club’s radio flagship.

Nationals fans will continue to hear game broadcasts on the station, and those living inside the club’s broadcast territory will be able to stream the radio broadcasts on the Audacy app.

“Opening Day is finally here and we’re thrilled to celebrate the return of baseball season by extending our partnership with the Washington Nationals,” said Audacy Washington D.C. Senior Vice President and Market Manager Ivy Savoy-Smith. “We’re looking forward to continuing to serve as the home for everything Nats for the foreseeable future and give the team’s fans a front row seat to the action on the field and top storylines throughout the year.”

The Nationals have called 106.7 The Fan home since the 2011 season. Beyond game broadcasts, the station will welcome Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo to The Sports Junkies every Wednesday at 9:00 AM throughout the season. The station will also air segments titled “Nats Insider”, hosted by broadcaster Dan Kolko that feature player interviews and features. Those segments will air all along the Nationals Radio Network.

“We couldn’t be happier to partner with Audacy in bringing Nationals fans even more of the interviews and exclusive access they love,” said Lerner Sports Group COO Alan H. Gottlieb. “From in-depth interviews with execs and top players, to off-the-field profiles and more Spanish and English bilingual content than ever before, Audacy offers a comprehensive look at our ball club from all angles.”

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Todd Markiewicz Departing 97.1 The Fan

“He has left an indelible mark in the Columbus market and within the sports/talk radio world by building The Fan with excellent programming, dominant ratings, and overall market share.”

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Longtime 97.1 The Fan Vice President and Market Manager Todd Markiewicz has announced he is leaving the sports radio station.

Markiewicz has been named the President of the 1870 Society, a Name, Image, and Likeness collective working with Ohio State athletics and Learfield to devise NIL strategy, fundraising, and logistics.

In an internal memo, Tegna Columbus President and General Manager John Cardenas credited Markiewicz for helping to establish the brand as “the powerhouse sports station in the country. He has left an indelible mark in the Columbus market and within the sports/talk radio world by building The Fan with excellent programming, dominant ratings, and overall market share.”

Markiewicz joined the station in 2010. Under his leadership, 97.1 The Fan has routinely ranked as the highest-rated station in the Columbus market.

His final day with the station will be Friday, May 26th.

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Gregg Giannotti: Doug Gottlieb Is ‘Using My Name’ To Deflect Blame From Himself

“I wasn’t there. This was 2013 before the incident. I wasn’t even there.”

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Earlier this week, Doug Gottlieb revisited a gaffe he made on the set of CBS’s NCAA Tournament Selection Show a decade ago. On a set that included Greg Anthony, Charles Barkley, Greg Gumbel, and Kenny Smith, Gottlieb said that he was there to “provide the white man’s perspective.” Gottlieb owned that it was a poor attempt at humor, but Gregg Giannotti takes issue with the FOX Sports Radio host’s version of events that lead up to the televised misstep.

“If you’ll allow me, I’d like to clear my name for a little bit,” Giannotti said on Wednesday’s edition of Boomer and Gio on WFAN.

Gottlieb contends that he tried out a better rehearsed version of the joke in a number of other places before going on television and it was well-received. No one told him it was a bad idea or that if delivered in the wrong way, it could create problems. One of those places, according to Gottlieb, was CBS Sports Radio’s Gio & Jones.

One problem, the show did not exist in 2013.

“Here are my issues with this,” Gregg Giannotti said. “One, I wasn’t there. This was 2013 before the incident. I wasn’t even there. Two, he is placing blame now on whoever he told this to to stop him and say ‘Don’t do this on the set!’”.

Boomer Esiason, Giannotti’s WFAN partner said he can see how Gottlieb overlooked the reality that this joke would not land well with a general audience. Former athletes are used to joking with one another like this in locker rooms. Plus, being on a set with Barkley and Smith may have made Gottlieb think that he would get a little more leeway.

Esiason added that he can see how Gottlieb would assume Gio was there. The show on CBS Sports Radio that he was likely on was MoJo, which featured Brian Jones and Chris Moore. It became Gio & Jones in 2015 when Giannotti came to CBS Sports Radio from 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, where worked in 2013. More surprising to Esiason was the Gottlieb wanted to talk about this a decade after it happened.

“He’s still hanging on this,” Giannotti answered. “The issue I have is that he is using me, saying that he tried it out on me and that I found it hilarious but I should have stopped him from saying the joke when I wasn’t even part of this. I was talking about the god damn Penguins!”

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