First, a few words on ESPN. I have nothing but great things to say about the MLB team at ESPN, notably Dave Schoenfield, David Kull, Jamie Greenthal, Mark Simon, Matt Szefc, not to forget Jon Scher at ESPNNY. And most importantly, Rob Neyer, who is now at SBN. Rob took a chance on me in the Fall of 2009 and he knows how grateful I will always remain for putting his faith in me. Dave stepped into some very large shoes when Rob left and was always accessible and eager to hear new ideas and suggestions. ESPN is a beast and there are some serious fiefdoms to contend with, but on a personal level, these guys were professionals. I am proud to be able to call these guys friends and colleagues. I hope we did right by them. Like with us, you might not agree with everything they say or do, but you have to respect their force.
And without stealing his thunder (we have spoken at length about this and hopefully this post is timed with his), I am thrilled that Rob Abruzzese’s Bronx Baseball Daily will now be holding the Yankees flag at ESPN going forward. Quality guy and quality site. Make sure you visit, bookmark and offer your congrats (Rob’s twitter here).
As for SNY, the timing and opportunity presented were right for us. SNY had been the home for Alex Belth’s Bronx Banter (with Cliff Corcoran and Emma Span and others) for years, anchoring their Yankees coverage. I’d spoken with Alex about SNY prior to my decision and he indicated that SNY has been great for him, but his site has been heading a different direction for the last few years, more towards non-baseball stuff than the hardcore baseball. We’re honored to have the opportunity to try to fill Alex’s void. SNY owns a number of great web properties already, including Matt Cerrone’s MetsBlog (with my former neighbor Michael Baron), NYYfans.com, the always hilarious Ted Berg’s TedQuarters. While the particulars are yet to be completed, we will be effectively be riding above the hugely popular forum, NYYfans.com, leading SNY’s Yankees coverage. I will certainly be more actively involved in the site in 2012 than I was in 2011.
In addition to change in affiliation, SNY affords us the opportunity to leverage the assets and skills at a major Regional Sports Network. Things we might get involved in over time: podcasts, videocasts, interviews, etc. Stuff to expand our own fandom and have a bit of fun. In short, more ways to involve you, too. Frankly, we’re not sure what direction this will ultimately take, but the opportunity for expansion provided by SNY is wonderful. They have pledged their partnership and it’s up to us to take advantage.
I can hear the question: Isn’t SNY the broadcast home of the Mets? Well, yes it is. It’s also a major NY Regional Sports Network with coverage far beyond the Mets. The SNY site is not branded for the Mets.
Lastly, until further notice, our RSS feeds, URL and other technical stuff should remain intact. We’ll be rolling up into SNY and other properties over time (all stuff we will figure out when we get there, just take the fork in the road) and we’ll let you know if there will be any changes.
Thanks again, all of you.