One of the staples for the New York Mets' coverage on SNY over the past seven years has been field reporter Kevin Burkhardt. Burkhardt, who took over for Chris Cotter in 2007 as SNY's Mets' beat reporter, has seen his star rise in the broadcasting world over the last year. Burkhardt has gotten a significant role with Fox Sports, serving as a play by play man for the NFL in 2013 and anchoring Fox Sports 1's studio coverage of baseball on the weekends. Given his expanding responsibilities with Fox, Burkhardt announced that he will be leaving SNY at the end of the 2014 season, Dan Burke of the New York Post reports.
Burkhardt recently signed a three year contract with Fox Sports that is set to take effect in 2015. Burkhardt will become a big part of Fox's live sports coverage, continuing in his play by play duties with the NFL and also taking on bigger roles in baseball and college basketball coverage. Burkhardt and his family will relocate from New Jersey to Los Angeles to accommodate his new career move. Burkhardt had nothing but positives to say about his time with the Mets and SNY, telling Burke
"It has been a great ride, a lot of great people. I'll be excited, but sad at the same time."
It will be sad to see Burkhardt go, but this was a great career move for him. Burkhardt surprised a lot of people with how good he was in the NFL booth, and Fox rewarded him and his partner John Lynch with a playoff game last season. Burkhardt's expanded role with Fox this season indicated the writing was on the wall with SNY, so the news isn't entirely unexpected. SNY has not indicated who will fill Burkhardt's shoes yet, but one name to watch is reporter Steve Gelbs. Gelbs has been filling in on days that Burkhardt is unavailable this season, and he could get the full time job in 2015 if he impresses SNY brass.
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