SAN FRANCISCO, CA – FOX Sports Net’s affiliate in the Bay Area today announced that Leslie Maxie-Leonard and Julie Croteau have joined its San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s pregame shows. The announcement was made by Jeff Krolik, Senior Vice President and General Manager of FOX Sports Net in the Bay Area.
Fans can once again look forward to extended coverage of Giants and A’s baseball with 30 pregame shows. Maxie-Leonard and Croteau will join host Glen Kuiper as on-field reporters for the half-hour shows. Each pregame show will feature up-to-the-minute news, analysis, and interviews on that day/evening game.
“FOX Sports Net is looking forward to Julie and Leslie joining our team,” said Krolik. “Our viewers have come to expect the best coverage of the Giants and A’s, and the addition of Julie and Leslie will enable us to continue to do so.”
Croteau is a pioneer for all women and girls looking for opportunities in baseball. In 1988 she sued Osborne Park High in Manassas, Virginia, because it did not allow girls to play on it baseball team. Though she lost the case, she went on to be the first woman to play NCAA baseball at St. Mary’s City in Maryland (1988-92) and the first woman to coach NCAA baseball at the University of Massachusetts (1995-96). Croteau’s professional baseball career includes stints with the Maui Stingrays and Colorado Silver Bullets. Her broadcast experience includes baseball analyst for Liberty Sports and a baseball instructional tape with Nolan Ryan and Cecil Fielder.
Maxie-Leonard’s early athletics includes gymnastics and track. She went on to be a world-class athlete in track. Her talent earned her a berth on the 1988 Olympic Team in Seoul, South Korea in the 400-meter hurdles. A University of Southern California graduate, she was a recipient of USC’s “Outstanding Student Athlete Award.” Today, Maxie-Leonard is a mother and the wife of former Major League Baseball player Jeffery Leonard. Her extensive broadcast experience includes work for several CBS and NBC affiliates and ESPN. Maxie-Leonard was privileged to record the last interview of the late Jesse Owens.
FOX Sports Net, the cable home of the Giants and A’s since 1990, will once again deliver more Major League Baseball coverage than any other Bay Area television outlet. FOX Sports Net will offer viewers a comprehensive schedule of 59 Giants games (48 home, 11 road) and 59 A’s contests (39 home, 20 road), plus 23 Baseball Thursday battles, FOX Sports Net’s national game of the week.
FOX Sports Net is a service of National Sports Partners, a 50/50 joint venture between Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., and News Corp.’s FOX Entertainment Group. Equally owned by Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. and FOX Entertainment Group, FOX Sports Net now reaches more than 68 million homes nationwide.
Rainbow Sports, a division of Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., has dedicated itself to “Home Team” fans for more than 20 years. Rainbow Sports incorporates all of Rainbow Media’s sports assets, including its 50 percent ownership of FOX Sports Net and FOX Sports National Advertising, majority ownership of Madison Square Garden Properties, and the ownership and management of FOX Sports Net regional networks in six of the nation’s largest markets – Chicago, New York, New England, Florida, Ohio and San Francisco.
Jay dela Cruz
FOX Sports Bay