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Mike Pereira Tells KNBR FOX Wanted To Use Him On MLB Games

“The plan was to send Pereira to school, let him train as an umpire and come back as the rules expert for both the MLB and NFL coverage on FOX.”

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For the last decade, Mike Pereira has served as the top NFL rules analyst on FOX Sports. He’s great at it, to such an extent that other networks felt obligated to follow suit and hire rules analysts of their own. 

But part of the reason Pereira has been successful as the FOX rules analyst is because he spent 14 years as an NFL official prior to taking up a career in broadcasting. It’s probably fair to say Pereira wouldn’t be a great NFL rules expert had he never officiated in the league, making it odd that FOX once attempted to add Pereira’s analysis to their MLB coverage.  

Joining midday hosts Greg Papa and John Lund on KNBR in the Bay Area, Pereira said that a few years into his tenure with FOX, they had the idea of using him as rules analyst for their MLB broadcast, but it was nixed by Joe Torre. The plan was to send Pereira to school, let him train as an umpire and come back as the rules expert for both the MLB and NFL coverage on FOX. 

But that alludes to the idea that FOX believes Pereira’s a talented NFL rules analyst based on his general judgement ability, and not his football expertise. If that’s the case, why stop at baseball? Why not make Pereira a FOX analyst on The Masked Singer or Hell’s Kitchen

Ultimately, Pereira believed Torre’s decision to nix the idea of using him as baseball’s rules analyst was a good one. “He was right,” Pereira said on KNBR. “If I was a baseball umpire and here’s a football official that said I disagree with this call, I wouldn’t have had the credibility whatsoever with the umpires.”

As the MLB chief baseball officer, Torre was probably more against Pereira filling the role for FOX than he was with the specific idea of having a rules expert on the broadcast. Surely there are retired umpires who would be interested in the job. But according to Pereira, FOX had trouble finding an ump willing to forgo their league benefits. 

“We did interview some umpires, retired umpires to see if they were interested or if they’d be any good,” Pereira said. “And we found a couple that seemed to be pretty good but to be truthful they have a great disability program with MLB and they were told that they would lose their disability if they were paid by Fox to be a rules expert. So we never found one.”

Personally, I’m not sure how necessary a baseball rules expert is. NFL rules are very complex whereas the baseball rulebook is much less convoluted. In baseball, replay is mostly used to look at a “bang bang play” such as a close call at first base. But most of those are judgement or timing calls that can be better determined with replay, rarely does an MLB broadcast booth need clarification or explanation from a deemed rules expert.

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Mike Rhyner Leads 97.1 the Freak For Its Debut in Dallas

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and who else to be the first voice you hear, but the Old Grey Wolf Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped their regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, the technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming into new programming. They began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them then went into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history transitioned into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas. 97.1 The Freak is off and running.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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