Michael Kay considering retiring from his ESPN New York show

Michael Kay considering retiring from his ESPN New York show

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Michael Kay’s run on New York sports activities radio could possibly be coming to a detailed, The Put up has discovered.

Kay is critically considering retiring from his ESPN New York present after greater than twenty years on the air, based on sources.

Kay and ESPN declined remark.

On the finish of September, Kay’s multi-million greenback contract with ESPN New York runs out and, whereas there have been talks about an extension, Kay, based on sources, has advised ESPN officers his expectation is to step away. Lots of them imagine he’s not bluffing.

Nonetheless, ESPN continues to pursue an extension and there’s a likelihood that it might make it so value his whereas he stays on this system that bears his identify with companions Don La Greca and Peter Rosenberg.

Nonetheless, together with his 62nd birthday subsequent month, a spouse, two younger youngsters and one other full-time job because the TV voice of the Yankees, this doesn’t seem like a negotiating ploy.

Kay has no plans to surrender his Yankees job and has made it clear to ESPN executives that he hopes to proceed on ESPN’s “Kay-Rod” broadcasts, the place he and Alex Rodriguez did another forged on choose “Sunday Night time Baseball” video games final season and through a postseason sequence.

As a result of ESPN executives are nonetheless attempting to maintain Kay, the community has no actual plan but for the way it could change him. The preliminary expectation is La Greca and Rosenberg could be a part of a brand new program; nevertheless, ESPN has not likely gotten deep into discussions. Kay can be onerous to switch if he does go away.

Michael Kay with Don La Greca (left) and Peter Rosenberg (proper) in 2016Jeff Skopin/ESPN

It was his present and ESPN New York’s emergence that challenged the incumbent sports activities radio large, WFAN. After years of constructing and dropping to “Mike & the Mad Canine,” Kay and firm had their crowning achievement by soundly beating Mike Francesa after Francesa returned from retirement in 2019. Kay additionally took Francesa’s simulcast spot on YES and has remained there for almost 9 years.

Whereas WFAN didn’t give its preliminary Francesa alternative, CMB — that includes Chris Carlin, Maggie Grey and Bart Scott, the correct period of time to determine itself, Kay beating FAN’s new crew within the rankings made it simpler to justify Francesa’s want to return.

Kay additionally beat Evan Roberts and Joe Benigno within the rankings after they challenged for afternoon supremacy. Kay’s program initially defeated Craig Carton and Roberts, however after a seesaw battle, Carton and Roberts have lately dominated the Kay present.

Within the fall rankings e book, “Carton and Roberts” was second with a 7.5 share, available in the market within the male 25-54 demographic — which is what sports activities radio stations market to — whereas “The Michael Kay Present” dropped to 14th with a 2.9 share from 3-6:30 p.m., based on Nielsen Audio.

Kay has considered leaving earlier than; particularly after longtime boss and pal Tim McCarthy, the station’s longtime GM, was let go in 2021. Kay determined to remain on, which, like Francesa, stored him from the chance to depart on prime.

Michael KayMLB through Getty Photos

To begin the yr, ESPN, with its enterprise partnership with Good Karma Radio, has made extra of a dedication to native radio in New York, which is a should to compete in opposition to FAN. 

This week, ESPN expanded the Rick DiPietro and Dave Rothenberg morning present to air from 6-10 a.m. That is the station’s first actual head-to-head problem to “Boomer & Gio.” Whereas Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti have an enormous lead, morning listeners now have extra of a alternative than when ESPN was working its tightly produced nationwide present.

If ESPN decides to not unsettle its new morning franchise, then internally Carlin would determine to be a robust candidate to switch Kay, as he’s a confirmed New York radio commodity and has appeared with La Greca and Rosenberg typically. Carlin and ex-Big Chris Canty presently maintain down ESPN’s nationwide afternoon slot and fill in for Mike Greenberg, who’s on his mid-morning present seemingly part-time. Bart Scott and Alan Hahn are additionally on the station’s roster from noon-3, however ESPN could not wish to break up up the pair.

In the meantime, there’s one massive splash that will ignite a future, epic sports activities radio warfare.

That’s Christoper “Mad Canine” Russo. Russo left Francesa in 2008. Since then, Russo, 63, has been a staple on SiriusXM, the place he has a channel named after him and seems to be glad.

However he has a budding relationship with ESPN, the place he has teamed up with Stephen A. Smith on “First Take” for Wednesday spark-filled appearances.

At this level, it must be regarded upon as a protracted shot as Russo’s present contract isn’t up till 2024, based on a supply.

However it’s all very intriguing, as a result of Kay is seemingly warming up his voice to say his trademark “See ya” for the ultimate time on afternoon sports activities radio in September.

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