In a media conference call late Thursday, Mark Gross, ESPN’s senior vice president for remote production and events, said that the network would avoid asking Alex Rodriguez to call the New York Mets game on their network this season considering he was directly involved in the bid. team purchasing process.
Rodriguez will be the only analyst on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball television broadcast this season, with Matt Vasgersian playing play-by-play with reporter Buster Olney. The Mets appear once on the SNB schedule, at home to the Atlanta Braves on July 26. But because ESPN showed doubt that night, A-Rod and Vasgersian will likely call the last match of the night between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Rodriguez, a former controversial and ex-MLB superstar, led the bid for the Mets with his wife Jennifer Lopez, Co-founder of BodyArmor, Mike Repole and current and previous NFL stars like Travis Kelce, Brian Urlacher and DeMarco Murray.
A-Rod group has reached the second round of bidding, according to Sportico, along with billionaire Steve Cohen, a group led by Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer and a fourth “mystery” bid. Rumors that the casino billionaire king and Sheldon Adelson of Silver Lake Partners will join Harris Blitzer’s offer rejected by 85 years.
Cohen is considered a pioneer to buy a team from Wilpons and Sterling Equities after agreeing to buy an 80% stake in the team last fall worth Mets for $ 2.6 billion, a deal that ultimately failed. Cohen is ready to pay $ 2 billion for the Mets and another $ 2 billion for SNY’s regional sports network, per Sportico.
According to New York Post, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon prefers to sell to the A-Rod and JLo groups if the offer is close. In April, Forbes appreciated Make $ 2.4 billion. Wilpons reportedly hopes to close team sales by the end of 2020.