Katie Nolan thought Apple mistakenly asked her to join MLB booth
For those who thought the thought of placing Katie Nolan right into a Main League Baseball broadcast sales space on the nationwide stage was unusual, she agrees.
Nolan joined Kenny Mayne’s newest episode of his Hey Mayne podcast for Audacy the place the 2 former ESPN colleagues mentioned a variety of subjects, together with her season within the sales space with Apple TV+.
Earlier this yr, Apple agreed to pay MLB $85 million yearly in change for a Friday night time doubleheader that airs solely on their streaming service, which took impact throughout the 2022 season. Whereas Apple by no means shied away from the truth that they sought to create a distinct type of baseball broadcast, many followers have been nonetheless extremely important of the partnership. And for the followers who questioned whether or not Nolan’s skills match a baseball broadcast, she was simply as confused.
“Once I came upon what it was, I used to be like, are they confused? Do they know what I do?” Nolan recalled to Mayne. “What it was and the way loopy of an thought it was, mixed with the secrecy actually had me like, ‘one thing’s up. They’re joking, it is a mistake. Someone unsealed the mistaken doc. This isn’t the one they meant to present me as a result of this says within the sales space and that’s simply not a factor.’
“After which I bought on the cellphone with them they usually offered me on the thought of me. They offered me on the thought of this imaginative and prescient they’d for a baseball sales space. As with most issues that begin as visions, they don’t at all times find yourself being executed the identical means.”
Based on Nolan, Apple’s preliminary imaginative and prescient for his or her Friday Evening Baseball broadcast that was pitched to her was for it to sound like a podcast.
“Folks say that video games are too lengthy,” Nolan defined. “Fairly than attempt to velocity up the sport, which is one thing baseball’s been making an attempt to do for some time, they tried to make a extra fascinating listening expertise.”
However as the published was met with some pushback, Apple appeared to retreat from their preliminary thought a bit, placing their announcers within the unimaginable place of making an attempt to please baseball traditionalists, whereas additionally trying to draw a brand new viewers by providing one thing new.
Apple’s take care of MLB is for seven years, that means the streaming service has six extra seasons to determine how they wish to current its unique schedule of video games. Though Apple has not revealed its forged of announcers for the 2023 season, Nolan doesn’t sound like she can be keen to participate. The primary time Mayne talked about Nolan’s Apple TV Main League Baseball protection on the podcast, she stated, “Thank god it’s f*cking completed.”[Hey Mayne