Mike Francesa opens up about leaving YES Network

After more than a decade together, Mike Francesa and the YES Network are parting ways.  On his show Monday, Francesa opened up about the decision and the television future of his radio show.  Also, the host opined on why YES didn't seem interested in continuing the relationship for economic reasons, editorial reasons, and even possibly Francesa's close relationship with Alex Rodriguez.

The major question I have is this – if editorial control is a big concern over YES Network and Michael Kay's ESPN Radio show is replacing, then how much say will YES have over that program?  Kay is the TV voice of the Yankees of course and isn't going to go against the team's wishes, but I wonder how YES is going to have some say editorially over an ESPN Radio program.

As far as Francesa's future, New York has two other regional sports networks where the pope can find a home – SNY and MSG.  CBS Sports Network could be a potential option nationally, but it's hard to envision that happening seeing as how CBSSN is simulcasting WFAN's morning show Boomer & Carton.  

Wherever Mikey winds up, it'll provide a great opportunity for Francesa to brag about how he beats Kay in the ratings on radio and now on television!  He's not going to be without a simulcast for long, which is great news for anyone watching intently for the next time he rests his eyes.

[WFAN Audio]

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