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WFAN hosts take issue with Daniel Murphy's paternity leave

WFAN long-time radio host Mike Francesa. (June 19,

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The hosts of WFAN’s morning and afternoon shows rarely see eye to eye but on Wednesday both weighed in with similar takes on the subject of Daniel Murphy’s paternity leave from the Mets.

Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton began the discussion in the morning, with Esiason offering a particularly blunt opinion that took the matter a big step beyond the others.

“That’s not me,’’ he said. “I...

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Michael Kay averaging 19,000 viewers on YES

Yankees play-by-play man Michael Kay calls Hartsdale home.

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Michael Kay's YES Network simulcast of his ESPN New York Radio show, which began two months ago Thursday, has averaged 19,000 viewers, YES said, citing Nielsen data for the New York area.

That is higher than the 14,000 viewers Mike Francesa's WFAN simulcast averaged during the same time frame in 2013, with Francesa's show coming at significantly more cost to YES.

Kay's viewership presumably...

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Breen, Spanarkel, Maher win Emmys

MSG announcer Mike Breen.

Mike Breen of MSG was named best sports play-by-play man and Jim Spanarkel of YES best analyst at the New York Emmy Awards presentation Sunday night.

Other winners included Kevin Maher of News 12 Long Island as best sports anchor and YES for coverage of the Nets and for its coverage of Mariano Rivera’s final game for the Yankees.

MSG’s “Lost and Found: ’73 Knicks Championship Tape’’...

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Mike Francesa on TV simulcast: 'Have a little patience'

Mike Francesa talks about what a typical day

Opening Day began a new era in local New York baseball media, with the Mets on WOR radio and Mike Francesa for the first time in his career hosting a WFAN show during a Mets game.

Tuesday night will bring another change: YES carrying a simulcast of Michael Kay’s ESPN New York radio show on a day when YES’ play-by-play man will call a regular-season Yankees game.

How will that work logistically?

The...

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Kentucky, UConn are bracket busters

Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie cuts the netting

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There have been many springs when Connecticut and Kentucky would have been popular picks for the Final Four. This is not one of them.

Of the 11.01 million brackets submitted to ESPN.com’s Men’s Tournament Challenge, a mere 612 named all four national semifinalists correctly.

UConn appeared in 1.3 percent of brackets and Kentucky 3.3. Even Wisconsin, a No. 2 seed, only was chosen by 32.6...

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TV producers focused, ready for instant replay

The SNY broadcast team (l-r): Ron Darling, coordinating

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MLB’s dive into expanded use of replay could well land usually little-known production personnel in the spotlight.

What if a key angle isn’t available, or is queued up too slowly, or works against the home team?

Gregg Picker, SNY’s coordinating producer for Mets games, is aware of the potential pitfalls but said he intends to chronicle games as the network always has.

“We can only...

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Yankees, Mets radio experiences change and familiarity

Sportscaster John Sterling attends the Joe Torre Safe

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Sure, there has been a seismic change in local baseball radio with the Yankees moving from WCBS to WFAN and the Mets from WFAN (after 27 years) to WOR.

But the announcers remain the same – John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on the Yankees, Howie Rose and Josh Lewin on the Mets.

For how long, though? Sterling, Waldman and Lewin all are believed to have one-year deals, so 2015 could be another...

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Bill Raftery has been a Garden regular since 1955

Fox analyst Bill Raftery.

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Bill Raftery is old enough to have played for LaSalle at the old Madison Square Garden on Eighth Avenue in the early 1960s, but his experience with college basketball in the building predates even that.

“The first time was Bill Russell [of San Francisco] playing against Tommy Heinsohn [of Holy Cross] in the [1955] Holiday Festival,’’ Raftery said Thursday as he prepared to work the NCAA East...

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Allie LaForce gets added respect because she played the game

Donald J. Trump, owner of the Miss Universe

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Allie LaForce was Miss Teen USA in 2005, but any notion players and coaches might have that she is just another pretty face as a sideline reporter quickly are dispelled when she starts talking basketball.

She played the game at the Division I level as a reserve at Ohio University during her freshman and sophomore years before transitioning into a media role as a junior.

“There are a...

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CBS NCAA director Suzanne Smith takes pride in being a rare woman in role

Inside Madison Square Garden for media availability prior

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CBS’ Suzanne Smith has been working the NCAA Tournament for more than 30 years, including the past 20 as a director, and also is the only woman currently directing NFL games.

Does being one of the few women in her line of work mean something extra to her?

“Absolutely, I take pride in it,’’ she said Thursday as she prepared to direct the NCAA East Regional games at Madison Square Garden...

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