NESN Announces Series Of Alternate Telcasts Of Red Sox Games

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NESN announced Thursday the launch of a slate of new live alternate telecasts on NESN+. The alternate broadcasts, branded “Unobstructed Views,” will be hosted by baseball personality Jared Carrabis, beginning with the Boston Red Sox game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, June 25 at 7 p.m. ET.

“Unobstructed Views” will feature a rotating cast of co-hosts for each telecast, starting with former Red Sox reliever and current NESN studio analyst, Jonathan Papelbon for the first episode. The second alternate broadcast will feature co-host Ian Brownhill, who is a local New England content creator, known for his New England-inspired humor which has garnered him 1.5 million followers across Instagram and TikTok (@Ian.Brownhill). Papelbon will join again for the third alternate broadcast date on July 9, and Sara Perlman Mancini, a sports personality who has served as host, sideline reporter, and betting analyst for NBC Sports and Fox Sports, will join Carrabis for the fourth game on July 23.

“We’re always experimenting with new ways to enhance the game experience for Red Sox fans,” NESN COO Matt Volk said. “This viewing experience will be complementary to our live game telecast on NESN and will provide a new way for fans to engage with the Red Sox and NESN through differentiated conversation and real-time analysis from new faces and special guests.”
Tuesday, June 25 at 7 p.m. against Toronto Blue Jays: Jared Carrabis, co-host Jonathan Papelbon
Tuesday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m. against Miami Marlins: Jared Carrabis, co-host Ian Brownhill
Tuesday, July 9 at 7 p.m. against Oakland Athletics: Jared Carrabis, co-host Jonathan Papelbon
Tuesday, July 23 at 8:30 p.m. against Colorado Rockies: Jared Carrabis, co-host Sara Perlman Mancini
Tuesday, July 30 at 7 p.m. against Seattle Mariners: Jared Carrabis, co-host TBA
Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. against Kansas City Royals: Jared Carrabis, co-host TBA
Tuesday. Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. against Houston Astros: Jared Carrabis, co-host TBA
Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. against New York Mets: Jared Carrabis, co-host TBA
Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.: Jared Carrabis, co-host TBA
Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. against Blue Jays: Jared Carrabis, co-host TBA
https://nesn.com/2024/06/nesn-announces-series-of-alternate-telcasts-of-red-sox-games/
 

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If it gets the younger fans interested in watching the games and it's a separate broadcast, go for it. I just couldn't imagine any scenario where I'd actually prefer listening to Dave O'Brien, but here we are.
 

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I’ve heard the name Jared Carrabis but had to ask Google who he is.

Anyone have any perspective on how he’s likely to show up in this role? Because while it obviously matters who the co-host is for a given game, it seems like the appeal of these alternate broadcasts will depend in large part on whether you like Carrabis better than O’Brien.
 

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I’ve heard the name Jared Carrabis but had to ask Google who he is.

Anyone have any perspective on how he’s likely to show up in this role? Because while it obviously matters who the co-host is for a given game, it seems like the appeal of these alternate broadcasts will depend in large part on whether you like Carrabis better than O’Brien.
Jared will be very good to listen to. He will make things fun and exciting while not taking away from what's going on on the field.
 

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Can we get a 3rd channel with no announcers? Put an advertising frame around the screen for the whole game to make up for lost drop-in revenues.
 

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Twice during the NBA playoffs my elderly parents called me during the game and were quite confused why the telecast was just showing two guys talking and not much of the game. Thankfully they don't watch baseball.
 

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Can we get a 3rd channel with no announcers? Put an advertising frame around the screen for the whole game to make up for lost drop-in revenues.
I would pay a subscription service for this. Just the sounds of the game. I watch most games on mute now. If you ever watch some NESN games from the 80s, it is absolutely amazing how much less the announcers talked. Sometimes they will go 3 pitches in silence. I realize there are those who like the giggling about thrown pizzas or whatever, but I would pay good money for just ballpark sounds.
 

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Apologies in advance for a quick cross sport post, but since we cut the cord it wasn’t always easy for me to see the Celtics games (easier for Finals) But if ESPN had the game, they would sometimes make a free feed available, I think it was represented as ESPN3, but that was essentially a basketball all 22 equivalent. No voiceover… It was oddly compelling.
 

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I am not a big Dave O'Brien fan (I think that he's a really good radio guy, but he doesn't translate well to TV -- Dave, I saw what happened, I don't need to hear about it in excruciating detail. He also seems to let his color guys hang. Someone will tell an interesting story that is germane to the game and he'll be like, "Uh huh, yup. Two and two on Devers."), so hopefully this will be an improvement on the normal feed. But I have a feeling it will just be another guy talking a lot, but I find Carrabis interesting so maybe it'll work.
 

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I would pay a subscription service for this. Just the sounds of the game. I watch most games on mute now. If you ever watch some NESN games from the 80s, it is absolutely amazing how much less the announcers talked. Sometimes they will go 3 pitches in silence. I realize there are those who like the giggling about thrown pizzas or whatever, but I would pay good money for just ballpark sounds.
They also had less time to talk, because the games moved. Now that the games are quick(er), I was hoping for less talk.

It wasn't that long ago that for Bruins and Celtics, you could switch the language of the broadcast and the announcers would drop out and you'd only get the ambient sounds, including PA and organ. (I think it had something to do with multi-channel audio, though I was only using the TV speakers). Not any more, though.
 

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I'd be very into that. Watching the National Championship game months back I just used the stadium sounds option. Probably the best thing I've seen available in a while and I can't believe ESPN, of all places - came up with it.
 

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I am not a big Dave O'Brien fan (I think that he's a really good radio guy, but he doesn't translate well to TV -- Dave, I saw what happened, I don't need to hear about it in excruciating detail. He also seems to let his color guys hang. Someone will tell an interesting story that is germane to the game and he'll be like, "Uh huh, yup. Two and two on Devers."), so hopefully this will be an improvement on the normal feed. But I have a feeling it will just be another guy talking a lot, but I find Carrabis interesting so maybe it'll work.
i love dave o brien because he was the play by play guy on high heat baseball my fav baseball seiers graphics were awful but the rest of game was 10/10
 

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I like Carrabis. He's a true fan, he's witty and he knows the team and its history. He was Governor of Red Sox nation or something like that when he was a teenager. He grew up bloggingand vlogging about the Sox. He has real connections to the players and is not afraid to let his fanboy out. He seems to balance his cockiness and his self effacing humour well, and I think has outgrown the worst of the Barstool norms. I have no idea how all of that will translate to a live broadcast, but if it makes the game more relevant and exciting to a younger crowd, that will be a terrific outcome.
 

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I'd be very into that. Watching the National Championship game months back I just used the stadium sounds option. Probably the best thing I've seen available in a while and I can't believe ESPN, of all places - came up with it.
Some years ago, an MLB.TV subscription provided the option of watching with nothing more than ballpark sounds. It's not an option these days, and I don't remember when they discontinued it. I recently moved from Minnesota to Connecticut, so when I watch games on NESN, I prefer to listen to the radio feed on my laptop. The only problem is that the radio feed is slightly "faster" than the tv feed, so you end up hearing the result before you see it on tv.
 

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I like Carrabis. He's a true fan, he's witty and he knows the team and its history. He was Governor of Red Sox nation or something like that when he was a teenager. He grew up bloggingand vlogging about the Sox. He has real connections to the players and is not afraid to let his fanboy out. He seems to balance his cockiness and his self effacing humour well, and I think has outgrown the worst of the Barstool norms. I have no idea how all of that will translate to a live broadcast, but if it makes the game more relevant and exciting to a younger crowd, that will be a terrific outcome.
I kinda wish they just hired his podcast crew to do the broadcast. I think they have a good balance of levity mixed with actual baseball, which you kinda need to reach a broader audience that tunes out the pure analytics talk. However, I'm sure you need names like Papelbon and stuff to sell the deal.
 

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Am I remembering wrong, or is Jared Carrabis an incredibly annoying hot take douchebag?
 

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I listen to both of Carrabis’ podcasts pretty frequently at work and really enjoy both. Good mix of real baseball discussion and entertaining nonsense. He’s been in the booth for an inning or so at a time several times over the past few seasons I believe
 

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I’ve heard the name Jared Carrabis but had to ask Google who he is.

Anyone have any perspective on how he’s likely to show up in this role? Because while it obviously matters who the co-host is for a given game, it seems like the appeal of these alternate broadcasts will depend in large part on whether you like Carrabis better than O’Brien.
He's good. He'll be great. I've known him since he was in high school, and he's developed to be a media star - and effective.
 

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I just wish the Sox were on regular t.v. and then I could mute them.
I pretty much hate guests in the booth and all the lame talking.
Give us someone who doesn't like too talk much as an announcer.
How does Dave O'Brien hold a job ? I don't know this Cannabis kid but I know it is legal.