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Future For FP Santangelo At MASN Is Unclear

Nationals TV analyst for MASN F.P. Santangelo has not called a game in a month, and it is unclear when he may return.

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MASN analyst FP Santangelo has not called a Washington Nationals game in over a month following two sexual misconduct allegations over Instagram this spring. According to The Washington Post, it is not clear when or if he will rejoin the booth again.

Santangelo played seven years in the Major Leagues, including his first four with the Montreal Expos who became the Washington Nationals prior to the 2005 season. Following his playing career, he had stints in radio in Sacramento and San Francisco before joining the Nationals broadcast team in 2011.

MASN is controlled by the Baltimore Orioles, but the Nationals have veto power over who is on their broadcast team. Following the allegations, MASN investigated the since-deleted posts before enlisting Major League Baseball’s help with the matter. Due to Santangelo’s employment with MASN and not MLB, all MLB can do is make a recommendation to the network as opposed to action.

FP Santangelo briefly returned to the booth following the first allegation for two games between the Nationals and Atlanta Braves May 4-5. The second allegation featured similarities to the first, though it has not been confirmed if they are by the same person or two different individuals. Santangelo called the allegations “untrue” and “they did not happen.”

“This is not representative of who I am as a man or a professional,” he said last month. “I am confident that my name and reputation will be fully cleared.”

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LA Clippers Sign New Contract with Bally Sports

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games.

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The Los Angeles Clippers will continue its relationship with Bally Sports, completing a new deal over the weekend to keep Bally as the team’s regional sports network.

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games. Additionally, 11 games will be carried by KTLA, giving the team some additional viewership reach. The remaining eight games will be broadcast on national television.

Brian Sieman will continue on as the play-by-play broadcaster for games, with Jim Jackson and Mike Fratello swapping the analyst chair. Jamie Maggio and Kristina Pink will be reporting.

According to the Los Angeles Times, all signs pointed to the team and the network hashing out a new contract.

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Pat McAfee Feels Good About His College Football MegaCast Debut

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said.

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The College Football MegaCast featuring Pat McAfee and his daily YouTube show’s cast debuted on ESPN2 over the weekend, and McAfee is looking forward to the next edition.

On his show Monday, McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk that he felt good about how the show went considering it was uncharted territory to be in.

“We had no idea how successful it would be,” McAfee said. “Like this is the first time we’re being judged in a different fashion. I don’t think we marketed it much, you know, because I don’t think we knew how it was gonna go.”

The alternate feed is being produced for ESPN by Omaha Productions, which is also responsible for the ManningCast which runs alongside the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast.

McAfee said this first show turned out to be a learning experience and that they started off on the right foot.

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said. “We had no idea, it was very much of a roll of the dice. Going into the next one I think we’re gonna try and make it even grander and bigger, and I’m very excited for it.”

As for the style in which they covered the Clemson/N.C. State game, McAfee added that the giveaways and guest interactions added a lot of value.

“I think it’s the right way to watch a game, and to be honest I think it’s keeping us all invested as much and even more,” he said.

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ESPN’s NFL Programming Sees Big September Growth

For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

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For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

Sunday NFL Countdown is averaging 1.4 million viewers per show thus far in 2022. That up 15% from 2021’s first three shows of the NFL season. The season premiere – Sunday, Sept. 11 – averaged 1.6 million viewers, tying the network’s best Week 1 audience for the show since 2016 and is up 35% year-over-year.

NFL Live experienced large growth too. The episode airing after the first NFL Sunday, on Monday September 12, averaged 664,000 viewers which beat every NFL Live episode last season, including the most-watched episode on 2021 (December 17) which grabbed 635,000 viewers.

Monday Night Countdown is averaging 1.3 million viewers for its two, non-staggered September episodes, which aired in its traditional timeslot (6-8 pm).

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