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ABC taps Filippelli VP

Veteran ankled Fox Sports

NEW YORK — Veteran baseball producer John “Flip” Filippelli has ankled Fox Sports to join ABC Sports as veep of production.

In his new position, Filippelli will be in charge of day-to-day production for all ABC Sports broadcasts. He’ll report to ABC Sports prexy Howard Katz, who announced Filippelli’s hiring Wednesday.

Filippelli “is a person that I believe can and will make an enormous contribution to the task of putting ABC Sports back on top where we belong,” Katz said.

During his nearly four-year stint as senior coordinating producer for baseball at Fox Sports, Filippelli produced two World Series, the 1997 All-Star Game and Fox’s broadcast of slugger Mark McGwire’s record-breaking 62nd home run.

Prior to joining Fox in 1995, Filippelli was coordinating producer for the now-defunct Baseball Network broadcast alliance between ABC, NBC and Major League Baseball.

He joined NBC in 1975 as an associate director for the net’s All-News Radio Network, and in 1978 transferred to the sports division.