Monday, February 10, 2014

Mike Francesa's show to air on Fox Sports 1: Report

It didn't take long for the Sports Pope and his ever present Diet Coke to find themselves back on TV.

Only one week after his contract with the YES Network expired, Mike Francesa struck a deal to simulcast his WFAN radio show on Fox Sports 1, according to a source. 

Francesa's 12-year simulcast run on the YES Network ended on Super Bowl Sunday.

No information was available on the terms of the contract, but Francesa said on his show last week that an announcement would be official early this week, and that New York's Numbah One was looking to be back on TV in time for March Madness.

The deal comes after a week where Francesa’s replacement on YES, Michael Kay, opened his ESPN radio show by tossing a Diet Coke in the trash, prompting Francesa to call the move “classless” and sparking a bit of a feud between the two hosts.

Since FS1 and YES are both owned by Fox, it now puts Francesa and Kay in the same TV family and should make the head-to-head competition very interesting. And those are a couple of huge noggins we're talking about.

Whether or not that means their "feud" is over remains to be seen. 

MSG had widely been considered the most logical candidate for Francesa's show after making a bid for it five years ago that YES matched. But FS1 entered the bidding, presumably in an effort to increase the new cable sports network's visibility.

Mongos rejoice.

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