Ever since his radio program ended its lengthy simulcast run on YES Network, the question has been where Mike Francesa's future television home will be. We're now much closer to finding the answer. Newsday's Neil Best, who is as plugged in to all of Francesa's comings and goings as anyone, reports that it will be Fox Sports 1 that provides a national simulcast to Mike's On.
There are some very interesting questions to this move by Fox and Francesa if this indeed comes to fruition. It was long thought that MSG would be the most logical landing place for Francesa's simulcast in the New York market. But now for the second time this year, a local New York show is going national with Francesa heading to Fox Sports 1. Earlier this year CBS Sports Network began a simulcast of the WFAN morning show Boomer & Carton.
How will a national audience respond to a show about New York sports? Granted, Mike Francesa is the kingpin of local sports talk radio, but we're ultimately still talking about a local show. Are FS1 viewers going to want to invest time in watching Mike Francesa talk about the Jets and Giants every Monday in the fall for hours on end? It's doubtful. Perhaps Francesa will change the tilt of his show towards a more national audience, but that's doubtful too. His first priority is still to his New York audience.
What about the Fox side of the equation? FS1 certainly needs the boost in star power and buzz with its daytime ratings still failing to get out of the starting blocks. Simulcasting Francesa's show gives the network a live programming option for the afternoon that should be relatively inexpensive. Simulcasting radio shows have become the trend in sports television to carry networks throughout the day with live programming. But decisions will have to be made with their current lineup.
FS1's live studio shows begin at 4 PM ET with NASCAR Race Hub and then Crowd Goes Wild at 5 ET and Fox Football Daily at 6 PM ET. Francesa's radio show traditionally runs from 1-6:30. Would Fox sacrifice two of their shows for Francesa? Would Fox run the first three hours of Francesa's show and maybe ask the host to talk about more national topics during those hours? We'll have to wait and see for those answers. But for now we can rejoice in the fact that the Mongo Nation is truly going national.
this is proof all of these "networks" have nothing to put on when they add a slug like this to "national" tv. In all of those sports bars with dozens of screens, the fat face of Francesser will blend in with the rest of the filler garbage on the air.
@Armando_Steeler mike & the mad dog were awesome together, but no show ever created is more **UN**listenable than either of them flying solo
@JeffCohen610 2 minutes of that show would getting higher ratings than "Crowd Goes Wild " got over the past few months
There is something similar happening in Toronto. Bob McCown has a 3 hour show. First 2 hours are a local show. The last hour is a syndicated, simulcast national show. So maybe Francesa can do a national show on FS1 from 1-4 and then a local show until 630?
What a strange move -- FS1 must really be desperate. Who (outside of New Yorkers) is going to care about listening to a New York homer do a bad radio show?
I just don't see Francesa bringing much to the table, other than the unintentional comedic value, of course.
From Fox's perspective, wouldn't it make more sense to put Mike on FS2? They can build the entire brand around him. You certainly can't put Mike on from 1-630 on FS1.
Very surprised of this since WFAN is owned by CBS. I would have thought they also would have put Francesca's show on CBS Sports Network to try and boost that network's presence.
@jihadistjohn That was a great show with those 2.. Know where the Mad Dog's at?
@eitancramer lol true. Curious how the national audience will tolerate 5 1/2 hours of, "March Madness is here, but let's talk Derek Jeter."
you can call him a big fat slob but one thing he is not is a homer. and sports radio is terrible in general. the only reason its ever worth watching is to laugh at fran. if you listen for insight or any intentional comedy then its a waste of time
completely agree and thought the same thing when he signed on to fs1
@RobHoffmann He's certainly better than the man YES replaced him with. Michael Kay is slaughtered in the ratings by Francesa. And considering that Francesa's simulcast on YES was a huge success, why wouldn't a fledgling channel like FS1 take a chance on something like this to help build a lead in to their other shows?
@WaltGekkoFrancesa said no to the CBS Sports Net cause he doesn't get along with the people who run the CBS tv networks,,
@WaltGekko Francesa openly said that he didn't want to go to CBSSN because he would have to change the format of his show to a more national audience. Wonder if going to FS1 changes any of that.
@Armando_Steeler are you serious?...he's had his own BORING unlistenable show on sirius/XM ever since they split (if you're serious)
@JeffCohen610 rather listen to that than McNabb or Katie Nolan
Francesa is the worst show ever,does FS1 really want to hear who's batting 6th for the Yankees for5 hours.He's lazy and unprepared everyday.
@jihadistjohn You're right about that. I like Mallard solo then with a partner
@Armando_Steeler neither guy has the knowledge to host a daily national show...the people who do the hiring in radio are at fault though
@jihadistjohn Na I thought he was on a regular radio station in NY
@Armando_Steeler alright...thought it was fairly common knowledge...easy to look up, anyway
@jihadistjohn I don't have Sirius XM, John