Alex Rodriguez will not broadcast the New York Mets game on ESPN next weekend, due to a potential conflict of interest, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.
Rodriguez is part of a business group that is reportedly bidding to buy the New York Mets from the Wilpon family, and having him on the call for games involving the Mets could get dicey. ESPN Senior Vice President Mark Gross said the network will "shy away" from having Rodriguez call Mets games, according to DiComo.
Right now, next week's Sunday Night Baseball game is the only Mets game scheduled to air on ESPN this season, but that could change later in the year as the season goes on.
While this decision makes sense as Rodriguez is involved in business dealings with the Mets, it's a shame for TV viewers. Despite being one of the most disliked players in MLB during his playing days, Rodriguez has built his reputation up through his broadcasting jobs, which include color commentary on Sunday Night Baseball and a studio analyst position with Fox Sports.
His long career and his stature as one of the best players to play the game of baseball, even with the steroids use, make him a knowledgable analyst and an insightful broadcaster to listen to. We'll see how things change if his group moves forward with purchasing the Mets, but it would be a big loss for ESPN and Fox if he were no longer able to broadcast games.