May 30, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) talks with radio personality Mike Francesa before the start of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Francesa ending YES simulcast, suggests Alex Rodriguez interview may have played a role

The Daily News reported the simulcast of Mike Francesa’s WFAN radio show on the YES Network was coming to an end after a decade over the weekend.

The 10-year+ simulcast relationship between WFAN’s Mike (Sports Pope) Francesa and the YES Network will be over by the end of January, the Daily News has learned. YES will replace Francesa’s afternoon drive show with ESPN-98.7’s “The Michael Kay Show.”

On Monday Francesa addressed the reasoning behind the decision. He was vague and didn’t explicitly say it. After speaking about economics playing a role he said that editorial control has been an issue.

“Editorial control is definitely an issue, always has been an issue,” Francesa says. “It’s always been a touchy issue. It almost ended the show a couple times through the years.”

“If they tell you it is not an issue then they’re not telling you the truth.”

According to The Big Lead, his interview with Alex Rodriguez didn’t sit too well with the Yankees, who own the YES network.

Francesa also noted that his infamous in-studio interview with Alex Rodriguez that likely didn’t sit too well with Yankees brass — the owners of YES — might have been a factor, too

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