Mike’s Off; Where Will Francesa End Up Next?
Mike Francesa is off the waves, at least for television.
With Colin Cowherd's promotion to Fox Sports 1, Francesa and his camp will move on from "The One" and off to places unknown.
Francesa's deal with FS1 was doomed from the start. Proclaimed "The Sports Pope" by his loyal legion of fans, Francesa's FS1 show was constantly preempted for soccer matches and motorsports, a "phenomenon that Francesa would constantly harp on during his broadcasts.
So now, the question is...where will Francesa end up next? Let's take a look at the possibilities...
MSG Network-The most likely destination for Francesa. One of the drawbacks to being on a national stage like FS1 was that Mike would have to work in national discussions, while New York Sports are his obvious forte. MSG would allow him to do so and would let him to return to his niche.
YES Network-A return to the Yankee Entertainment and Sports Network is less than impossible. YES is very comfortable with Yankees' play-by-play man Michael Kay in Mike's old slot and that doesn't look to be changing anytime soon.
SNY-Mike has constantly been a harsh critic of the New York Mets, SNY's premiere program (and part owner). SNY has hired some of Mike's WFAN brethren in the past, but at this point they may not be able to afford The Pope.
ESPN-Another highly unlikely scenario. ESPN could make a small move as they haven't steered away from bringing in controversial radio hosts (Paul Finebaum's show is simulcast on their networks) but Francesa may be so disillusioned with national networks after the FS1 debacle that he says no.
CBS Sports Network-CBSSN is slowly building a solid base and already house WFAN's morning team, Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton. Again, Francesa may be reluctant to enter another national deal, but CBSSN has shown respect to its radio hosts (Tim Brando is another) in the past.
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