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NESN and Jenny Dell part ways

Feb 20, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT

Jenny Dell, Will Middlebrooks (tweeted by Jenny Dell)

It was reported in January that NESN had reassigned sideline reporter Jenny Dell when it was revealed that she was in a romantic relationship with Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Now that reassignment has become a full-blown parting of ways:

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, who oversees all of NESN’s on-air operations, acknowledged Thursday morning that Dell has decided to pursue other opportunities outside of the sports cable franchise after she and Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks acknowledged on New Year’s Eve that they were in a relationship.

I think it’s fun that that a reporter having a relationship with a player is a conflict of interest but the team’s chairman controlling the content of the network is not, but I guess that’s not worth exploring too deeply, huh?

In any event, I expect Dell will land someplace comfortable soon. She’s seen as a rising star. Places like Fox and ESPN have baseball programming out the wazoo and a need of faces to put on the screen around and during it. She won’t be out of a job for long.

  1. Stacey - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Dell’s not the first NESN reporter to become involved with a Red Sox player and probably won’t be the last.

    • Caught Looking - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      Yeah, Middlebrooks was not the first player to hear “Dude, you’re getting a Dell”

  2. Bhavin Bavalia - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Also a conflict of interest? Owning the largest newspaper in the city your baseball franchise calls home.

    • rje49 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      newspaper…. I remember them…

    • genericcommenter - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Well, I know some cities/states where the same company owns the newspapers, tv stations, banks, and state government.

  3. AlmostForty - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    I can’t believe the Phillies did this to her. When will it end?!?

    • newpairofsox - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:25 PM


  4. uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Apparently the Red Sox ownership believes Middlebrooks has more value to the franchise than Dell otherwise the piece might have read “Middlebrooks has decided to pursue other opportunities outside of the Red Sox franchise after he and sideline reporter Jenny Dell acknowledged on New Year’s Eve that they were in a relationship.”

  5. crispybasil - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    I saw Jenny Dell in-person while attending a game at Fenway last year. I was sitting in the aisle and she walked by. It’s a strange thing to have had my life peak so early.

  6. discountdoublecheck - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    I’ll never understand the big deal. As long as he doesn’t throw her a screwball on national tv and they both do their jobs who cares?

    • rje49 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      Yeah, but I’ll bet they have some dumb rule forbidding it.

    • kevinbnyc - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      I would love to know what “throw her a screwball” is a euphemism for.

      • apkyletexas - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        It’s what Ebby Calvin LaLoosh does to Millie in Bull Durham.

  7. ez4u2sa - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Red Sox Nation will mess Jenny. She was the best sideline reporter NESN has had in a while. On the plus side, Werner has an eye for reporters to fill this role that make watching the broadcast more enjoyable. We’ll be on the lookout for her replacement but, in the meantime, good luck to Jenny!

    • misterschmo - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      While I agree Ms. Dell was very nice, many of us still pine for Ms. Whatney.

    • negaduck - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      her name is sarah davis and we are in love

  8. halladaysbiceps - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Earlier this year, and I forget what website did it (maybe Bleacher report or some other clone site), listed the top 25 female sideline reporters with revealing pics (bikini shots, etc). And I can tell you this Jenny Dell ranked up there close to #1 and for good reason. Man, she is smokin’ hot! If I were a Red Sox fan, I would be bummed not being able to look at her anymore daily.

    • El Bravo - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      Thank ye olde lourde for the internets.

      • halladaysbiceps - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        Ah, El Bravo, you saw the pics. You were blind, but can now see. Praise Jenny Dell!

      • therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        …and now he’s going blind again.

    • pastabelly - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      NESN has no shortage of Jenny Dells. Some of them even know sports.

      • halladaysbiceps - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        God bless NESN for their talent, then. The more Jenny Dells, the better.

  9. bobwsc - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    scrap the field reporter spot and add a third man to the booth, maybe Eckersley, or rotate the 3rd guy along with Don and Jerry. that might help deflect a bit from Jerry this year too. if Eck was there fully time, Remy would have that wheezing laugh going non-stop.

  10. stex52 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    It’s not like it’s really journalism. The whole conflict of interest thing is silly.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      I’d like to feel sorry for her, but I really can’t.

  11. slaugin - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Are you kidding? Maybe the best looking but she brought absolutely nothing to the broadcast. Heidi was by faaaar a better sideline reporter…too bad Varitek screwed that one up

  12. nymets4ever - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    If all you care about is eye candy, that’s one thing. But for those of us who view sideline reporting as a legitimate way to add substantive, interesting content to a broadcast…Mets fans have it good with Kevin Burkhardt. Hope he stays with SNY for a long time, though he seems destined for bigger and better things.

  13. runteddyrun - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    She’s a 10.

  14. albion223 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    On air personality sideline reporter for cable channel covering a major league baseball team. Please send polaroid pictures to Mr Tom Werner, head of on air production Boston Red Sox.

    No baseball knowledge necessary, just God given assets…

    • historiophiliac - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:07 PM


  15. sophiethegreatdane - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    I find it wholly inappropriate for Middlebrooks to simply dive straight into a relationship with the sideline reporter of his team.

    I thought you were supposed to initiate the “Favrian Gunslinger Courtship Maneuver” — you know, texting pics of your junk to her for a year or two

  16. bigleagues - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    It’s this simple…

    Single attractive females in media or sports management jobs + single (or not), attractive male athletes = inevitable breeding attempts.

    Heidi Watney wasn’t my thing (6′ tall, HUGE pooper, if that’s your thing, cool – not mine). Jenny was. Now Jenny is gone 😦

    But I’m still seeing this as an opportunity…. this could mean a lot more Jamie Erdahl and I’m hoping NESN goes hard after bringing in Melanie Collins, Erin Hawksworth or perhaps a Kelly Nash.

    • stex52 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      I don’t mind the thought of someone who actually knows sports. Bill Brown did it at Houston for years. Eye candy has its place. But not much point of it in that context.

  17. rje49 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    The term leaving “to pursue other opportunities” always brings a chuckle for me. In my business, if it was “effective immediately”, it didn’t fool anyone. It meant “Fired”.

  18. aceshigh11 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Bring back Heidi!

  19. mikhelb - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    And yet it was not a conflict of interest when a former director in the Red sox organization was appointed to investigate PED usage in the MLB and decided that the ties if redsox players with steroid dealers were not enough so as to investigate them nor name them in his report… even when he knew that Manny Ramírez and David Ortiz tested positive in 2003 (and themselves accepted that fact years later).

    It was not a conflict of interest wheb Epstein recommended his subordinate via Lucchino to be appointed GM of the Padres and said GM sent him the best SD Padres player in Adrián G. (Epstein later rewarded Hoyer with a GM position when Theo signed with the Cubs and again recommended a former protegé to be GM of the Padres, who gave Theo and Hoyer the only “good” player they got for Adrián).

    Not a conflict of interest when they knew in a private investigation that Jerry Remy’s son was dealing pot and steroids to players and decided to keep him in the team until he was busted; of special interest since a few years earlier in 2000 when steroids where found in a car belonging to Manny Alexander and a bat boy was signaled as ‘the culprit’.

    • thesportsjudge - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      Someone has a hate-on for the Red Sox.

      • Kevin S. - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:39 AM

        Maybe, but can you actually refute anything he said?

      • thesportsjudge - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        No. I don’t really follow baseball close at all. I go on PHT every day, and decided to check out HBT, for some reason(I don’t remember now.)

  20. musketmaniac - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Not News, reporters and players. don’t blame it on the gender, I’m sure redsox third baseman were nailing reporters way before women were allowed access to their locker room.

  21. johnnycantread - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Seems silly that Jenny Dell working for NESN is a “conflict of interest”, while Senator Mitchell’s connection to the BoSox was not.
    Still waiting for someone to explain about the Mitchell Report, the BoSox, and how it wasn’t a conflict of interest.

  22. bigdaddy44 - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Fox, please, please, get rid of the annoying, infuriating, completely talentless Erin Andrews and replace her with Jenny Dell. Viewers will then stop turning the channel in disgust.

  23. Minoring In Baseball - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    I think this is a bad move by NESN, as she was very popular with Red Sox and other baseball fans, also. Obviously the Sox Nation won’t stop watching the games due to this, but for the network to claim a conflict of interest is kind of ludicrous. No doubt she’ll find work soon, though.

    • option7 - May 7, 2014 at 2:47 AM

      This one is on Jenny Dell. She decided to cash in on a player and violate the normal code of conduct in a professional workplace. Like it or not her future employers will look at her as unprofessional especially if her relationship with Middlebrooks does not result in a marriage. If the relationship flames out then she will be tainted that she will be ready to do it again and again since she has no self control.
      She may have looked ok to some but there are many better looking reporters that actually know sports and are genuine like Jamie Erdahl.
      Dell’s career is not that important to her to be professional at work. She should have left NESN for another position before making her relationship public but she instead basks in the glow of the tabloids to boost her popularity however negative it may be. She will likely not be taken seriously. I wouldn’t hire her…

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