The Phillies have signed a new contract with NBCUniversal and Comcast SportsNet that is supposedly worth $2.5 billion over 25 years. According to the Associated Press, the network has made the decision for broadcaster Chris Wheeler and color analyst Gary Mathews to step down from their current positions.
The team released the following statement:
As the longest-tenured member of the Phillies broadcasting team, Chris Wheeler will return to his club roots after stepping down from his role as a Phillies broadcaster. With 37 years of broadcasting experience, combined with his front office background where he began his Phillies career, ‘Wheels’ will take on a new role allowing the organization to continue to benefit from his knowledge, experience and dedication to the game. Additionally, Gary Matthews will continue to work with the Phillies bringing his exceptional background as a major league ballplayer, broadcaster and commenter to new roles at the Phillies.
Wheeler says that he is excited for the new role that he will be taking on. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Phillies broadcast team for 37 years,” Wheeler said in a statement. “I certainly respect the decision that was made and I look forward to my new role in the Phillies organization.”
Mathews had a similar reaction, and says that he is excited to be staying with the Phillies. “I enjoy working for the Phillies and want to retire as a Phillie,” Matthews said. “This is a great opportunity for me to remain in the area and also do my charity work.”
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