Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Tigers announcers lose jobs after alleged choking incident near broadcast booth

Tigers announcers lose jobs after alleged choking incident near broadcast booth

Longtime Detroit Tigers television broadcasters Mario Impemba and Rod Allen won't return to the team in 2019 after the two got into a physical altercation, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press.

Now the two have apparently lost their jobs.

The pair were suspended this past month for an altercation that took place in the broadcast booth on September 4 when they were covering a game in Chicago.

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The issues started before a late-season game and continued afterward, with Allen allegedly pursuing and choking Impemba.

Allen's agent Tom Shaer denied the allegations at the time in a statement given to WDIV. They had been calling games together on Fox Sports Detroit for almost 17 seasons before the incident. But if it is the end for Mario and Rod, this ends a almost 17 year association for the two with FSD.

Impemba began working as Detroit's play-by-play man in 2002 and was joined by Allen in 2003. Neither have spoken publicly about the incident, which served as a sour ending to almost 17 seasons together in the broadcast booth. In their absence last season, Matt Shepard and Kirk Gibson called the majority of games, USA Today reported.

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