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Geoff Mason, Sports Video Group Set Up Mental Health Support For Members

“Mason noticed an uptick in reports of mental health and substance abuse problems among TV production staffs as sports leagues picked back up and COVID protocols became increasingly strict.”

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Longtime sports TV producer Geoff Mason caught wind of a television production staffer who attempted suicide in one of the professional league Florida bubbles after being filled with feelings of isolation and depression. 

In a recent story, John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, outlined the story of Mason, who is 37 years sober, and his effort to bring relief to those within his field struggling with mental health issues. 

Mason noticed an uptick in reports of mental health and substance abuse problems among TV production staffs as sports leagues picked back up and COVID protocols became increasingly strict. 

“I deal in rehab,” Mason told SBJ. “I deal in AA. I deal in treatment. I understand that we’re all not very far away from going over the edge. When I hear signals, I know how to recognize them. And this was a signal to me. I thought to myself, ‘I’ve got to pick up the phone, we’ve got to do something about it, this is bullshit.’”  

Teaming up with Ken Kerschbaumer, who runs Sports Video Group, the two set up a partnership with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, providing a helpline for SVG members struggling and looking for professional help. 

“We’re working on a top-down basis,” Mason said of the partnership which has been in operation for about a month, according to SBJ. “Our job is to make the heads of sports departments aware that when they get a call from one of their people, they will have in front of them two things: an 800 number and an email address. We’re encouraging them to pick up the phone and call us. Once we get the information as to how to proceed first-step-wise, then we can begin to be responsive.”

Ourand notes that Mason expects these resources will have a trickle-down effect to the actual production staff who can take advantage of them. 

“We’re already working on the Final Four and Indy, looking at integrating ourselves within the framework of all those people that are going to come to Indy for the Final Four,” Mason said. “Our job is to make ourselves known and available. If you’re in a hotel room suffering, or whether you own a company that supplies labor to 130 broadcast pickups per month, you need to know that help is just a phone call or an email away. It does not have to be intimidating.”

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FOX Sells Out Super Bowl Ad Time

Some advertisements were sold for more than $7 million, while the average price slotted between $6 and $7 million.

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FOX Sports has reportedly sold out its allotment of Super Bowl ads, with some fetching $7 million for a 30-second spot.

According to a report from Deadline, the average price per ad was between $6 and $7 million, per FOX Sports Executive Vice President of Ad Sales Mark Evans.

Evans also told Deadline the ad slots for the event sold out two weeks ago. Volatility with some advertisers — like cryptocurrency brand FTX — and economic conditions were listed as reasons for why it took until three weeks before the event to sell out.

“As things have now settled down a bit and people feel better about the economic trajectory, a few of those units that were available picked up in earnest,” Evans said.

FOX claimed in September it had sold 95% of its available ad space for television’s largest event.

The $7 million price-tag for a 30-second commercial is in line with what first-time Super Bowl ad buyers paid for in 2022 when the event aired on NBC. That network’s reported asking price for commercials was between $5.8 and $6.2 million, with 40 advertisers joining the fray for Super Bowl LVI.

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Kevin Harvick Joining NASCAR on FOX Booth in 2024

“Getting the chance to step into the booth with Mike and Clint in 2024 is an honor.”

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NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick is retiring from the sport after the 2023 season, but he won’t be leaving completely. Sunday, Harvick announced he’ll join the NASCAR on FOX booth next season.

Harvick will join Mike Joy and former teammate Clint Bowyer for FOX’s portion of the NASCAR schedule.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the FOX NASCAR team full-time,” Harvick said. “I’ve enjoyed the experience in the booth the last several years because it has given me valuable insight into what being in the booth is all about. Getting the chance to step into the booth with Mike and Clint in 2024 is an honor and a great way to stay connected to the sport and NASCAR fans.”

Harvick has been a regular contributor to the network’s coverage of NASCAR’s lower series’ — the Craftsman Truck Series and the Xfinity Series — since 2015. He’ll make appearances in the FOX booth for select races in both of those series’ telecasts during the 2023 season in preparation for his full-time role in 2024.

“I can’t overstate how thrilled we are for Kevin to be an official member of the FOX Sports family,” FOX Sports President of Productions and Executive Producer Brad Zager said. “This is a marriage eight years in the making — since he first stepped into our NASCAR Xfinity Series booth with more presence and poise than most newcomers dream of. It has been fun to watch Kevin learn the TV ropes, and we cannot wait to hear him, Mike (Joy) and Clint (Bowyer) call their first race together.”

Harvick has raced in NASCAR’s top series since 2001, having the unenviable task of replacing legend Dale Earnhardt after his death during the 2001 Daytona 500.

The 47-year-old Harvick has won 60 races during his career. He won all four of what would be considered NASCAR’s “crown jewel events”, the Daytona 500 (once), the Coca-Cola 600 (twice), the Southern 500 (twice), and the Brickyard 400 (three times). He also took home the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series Championship, in addition to two Xfinity Series Championships.

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Carlos Beltran Leaving YES Network For Mets Front Office

Beltran was preparing to shift from a game analyst to a studio analyst for the 2023 season at YES Network.

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Carlos Beltran will leave his broadcasting position with YES Network to return to the New York Mets organization, a report from The New York Post reveals.

Beltran was preparing to shift from a game analyst to a studio analyst for the 2023 season at YES Network, but will instead be rejoining the Mets organization in a yet-to-be-announced front office position.

The Mets hired Beltran in 2019 to serve as the team’s manager, but fired him before the season after he was named as one of the leaders of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scheme during the 2017 season. In the report from MLB, Beltran was the only Astros player implicated as a conspirator behind the plot to steal opposing teams’ signs and relay them to batters by banging on trash cans.

The 45-year-old played for the New York Mets for seven of his 20 Major League seasons.

YES Network has now experienced several changes to its Yankees coverage this offseason. Cameron Maybin was not retained for the 2023 season. He has subsequently joined the television booth of the Detroit Tigers, where he’ll announce select games. Meanwhile, YES Network strongly courted Don Mattingly this offseason before the Yankee legend ultimately decided to join the coaching staff of the Toronto Blue Jays. The network reportedly continues to chase after Yankee legend Derek Jeter for a broadcasting role, as well.

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