Friday, August 01, 2008
Hazel Mae had been busy blogging over at Sawxheads, but apparently she'll need to pack up soon and report to the MLB Network. The ex-NESN anchor has long been rumored to have something on the back burner and according to USA Today, the MLB-N is it....
After joining NESN in 2004, she covered the Red Sox, anchored NESN's SportsDesk, and hosted the Ultimate Red Sox Show and The Buzz. She left in June, according to NESN. Her contract expires at the end of this summer.I mistakenly thought that Bostonians loved the NESN reporter when she left, but a lot of people couldn't stand her. There are/were a ton of rumors about her love life as well which seemed to over shadow her work as a broadcaster. It's been rumored that she wouldn't work for a team/network that wouldn't let her to so (i.e. leaving Toronto) and her dating list includes Ricky Davis, ex-Blue Jay Kevin Barker and ESPN's Steve Levy.
One possible landing spot is MLB Network, baseball's new 24-7, cable channel which is staffing up for its Jan. 1 national launch. The network is expected to reach more than 50 million homes across the country and air live games on Saturday nights.
Mae could not be reached. Susan Lipton, Mae's agent and senior director of broadcasting at IMG, says MLB Network is one of many outlets with a possible interested in her client. Mae asked NESN not to pick up her option, she says, and NESN granted her wish. "Hazel wants to stay within sports and explore other opportunities," Lipton says.
MLB Network executives declined comment.
It'll be an interesting hire to say the least.
After New England run, broadcaster Mae set to make her move (USA Today)