Author: Brooks Melchior

NY METS GM MIGHT CONSIDER DELETING HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT

On January 16, 2019, rookie New York Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen told the gathered New York media, “I look forward to showing people that we’re a team to be reckoned with. Let’s not be shy about wanting to be the best. I fully expect us to be a competitive and winning team and our goal is to win a championship and it starts with the division so come get us.” Nine months later the Mets are National League East roadkill, fourth out of five teams and 13 1/2 games behind Atlanta. But as bad as Van Wagenen’s Mets have been on the field in the season’s first half, somehow, they may have actually been worse off it. …

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MACHADO’S $300M “BET” CREATES GENERATIONAL MEME WEALTH

As he prepared to hit in the visiting team’s on-deck circle at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, July 4, 2019, former Los Angeles Dodger infielder Manny Machado was 86 games into a 10-year, $300M contract with the San Diego Padres. It was at that time that a Dodger fan – armed with the obligatory cellphone cam – piped up from a front row seat to …

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SOURCES: DAZN EXPLORING POSSIBLE NBA REDZONE-STYLE SHOW

EXCLUSIVE: SportsbyBrooks.com has learned from multiple sources that subscription streaming service DAZN is exploring the possibility of striking a deal with the NBA in order to launch a RedZone-style show. Similar to NFL RedZone, such a program would whip around live NBA contests to showcase the most important in-game moments of the night. Like DAZN’s newly-launched MLB RedZone-style show Change Up, the NBA highlights-driven offering would be available as part of a …

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SOURCES: BEADLE, PIERCE, BILLUPS OUT AT ESPN’S “COUNTDOWN”

EXCLUSIVE: SportsbyBrooks.com has learned from multiple sources that Michelle Beadle will not return as host of NBA Countdown next season. Multiple sources also tell SportsbyBrooks.com that NBA Countdown analysts Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce will not return to the show as full-time, regularly-scheduled contributors next season but that Jalen Rose will remain on the show in his current capacity. SportsbyBrooks.com has also learned from multiple sources that …

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ESPN OBEYS MASTERS: PLANS TO BAN PIONEERING BLACK ANCHOR

EXCLUSIVE: SportsbyBrooks.com has learned that ESPN management plans to bar a pioneering African-American female anchor from hosting the network’s Masters golf tournament coverage in 2020. Father Gary and Daughter Sage Steele: African-American Pioneers in U.S. Army & Sports Media. Multiple sources tell SportsbyBrooks.com that officials at the Augusta National Golf Club, which hosts the annual Masters tournament, has demanded that ESPN drop African-American on-air tourney host Sage Steele.Augusta National’s demand to remove Steele from future ESPN Masters broadcasts was due, SportsbyBrooks.com has learned, to remarks she reportedly made to the INDIANAPOLIS STAR last week. …

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