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Fox Sports Radio tweets ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza would be fired ‘if she was a man’

Fox Sports Radio tweets ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza would be fired ‘if she was a man’

Fox Sports Radio took the unusual step of calling out a broadcaster at a competitor, tweeting a comment in which one of its broadcasters said that if ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza were a man, she’d be fired from “Sunday Night Baseball.”

Fox Sports Radio fired off the tweet Monday morning, which has since been deleted.

Here’s the hot take Mike North delivered on “Fox Sports Daybreak:”

“I’ve got to tell you something, folks. You know, I’ve been called every name in the book doing this job since the early ’90s,” he said. “Good names, bad names, and [everything] in between. I’ve been called everything from a pillar in the community to a guy who’s the best who did it in Chicago’s history to a racist and a sexist. I’m going to just tell you right now what everybody else doesn’t want to say, except maybe the regular fan who you see on social media: Jessica Mendoza is the worst baseball announcer who has ever announced the game of baseball.

“Now, if you want to call me a sexist, go ahead. But I’m an observer, and I’ve been observing and listening to baseball announcers for 20, 30, 40, 50 years. And I’ll tell you right now: I don’t care if you’re Cassidy Hubbarth, I love Cassidy, Christine Brennan, Michelle Beadle, these are all people I respect, Ann Meyers, Cheryl Miller. You want me to go on? Pam Oliver. Because apparently I have to tell everybody nowadays — because of the PC [crowd] — the females I like before I can criticize one. If Jessica Mendoza continues on, I believe someday they’re going to have to replace her, unless the ratings are okay, but I don’t care. What I do now is I shut the sound down to watch that game; she’s just not a good announcer. If she was a man, she’d be [fired like] Tony Kornheiser or Dennis Miller. Okay? And that’s the God’s blessed truth about it. Period. End of story. I listened for an inning last night and I had to shut it off.”

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Mendoza, an Olympic gold- and silver-medal-winning softball player for Team USA, became the first female analyst for a nationally televised MLB postseason game last October and was elevated to permanent status in the booth with Curt Schilling’s demotion and eventual firing. Her work has largely been praised, but being an analyst is a tricky business. It takes time for chemistry to develop and weekly games don’t bring the excitement and drama of postseason. Now, Fox is clearly staking its territory, preferring to emphasize opinion and commentary.

Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch took notice of the change in the sports media landscape and pointed out that some ESPN employees were taken aback. “I say fire back on Fox Sports like the Death Star,” was Deitsch’s suggestion.

Since last year, ESPN has seen Skip Bayless depart for Fox Sports 1 and Bill Simmons for HBO. Already, Simmons has criticized his former employer (especially for its NFL coverage) and he’s likely to keep up the commentary. Schilling, fired last month for controversial political commentary on social media, fired back at ESPN, saying the network employs “some of the biggest racists in sports commentating.”

Courtesy : washingtonpost.com



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