Bobby Valentine will return to the broadcast world, this time on radio. The former Red Sox manager, who lasted just one season in Boston, is becoming part of the NBC Sports Radio network as a contributor to its coverage of Major League Baseball beginning this month. The network says Valentine will call in weekly to affiliated stations and NBC Sports Radio talk hosts with his candid thoughts and observations on baseball. In addition, Valentine will become a part-time co-host of a soon-to-be-announced daily Monday through Friday talk show that will debut in April as the network expands its programming lineup.
Valentine said, “I can't wait to get started on NBC Sports Radio. I'm looking forward to talking to our affiliates and network shows, and to being a major contributor to the network. I always state my honest opinion and I can't wait to share it with NBC Sports Radio listeners.”
Bobby Valentine was part of ESPN’s baseball coverage as a game and studio analyst before taking the Red Sox job before the 2012 season.
WHBO 1040 AM in Tampa Bay is the local NBC Sports affiliate.
For those hoop junkies that can’t get enough basketball in their TV diet, CBS Sports Network debuts its first season of NBA Development League coverage this week. Tonight (Tuesday), the Los Angeles D-Fenders meet the Idaho Stampede at 10:00 p.m. Jason Knapp and Alaa Abdelnaby announce the game from Reno Event Center in Reno, Nevada.
Additionally, CBS Sports Network will provide exclusive coverage of the NBA D-League 3-Point Shootout and the NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest from the 2013 NBA D-League Showcase on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Throughout the season, CBS Sports Network will air 10 regular season contests, as well as playoff games and coverage of the NBA D-League Finals.
CBS Sports Network is available locally in Tampa Bay cables systems usually as part of a sports tier package.
NHL expert Jeffrey Payne joined Don Henderson and myself last night on “Sports Talk” to talk about the latest on the apparent end of the NHL lockout, the NFL playoffs and the BCS championship game. Click here to listen to podcast.