Is Frank Seravalli a Philly guy?
He’s a Holy Ghost Prep alum and Penn State graduate who worked at the Philadelphia Daily News from 2009 to 2015 on the Flyers beat. He left the paper to take a job with TSN up in Canada, where he was their Senior Hockey Reporter, and is now moving on from that gig, according to him:
Personal news: Today is my last day at TSN. My decision.
If you told a Philly kid that he’d break 🏒 news on 🇨🇦 nat’l television for 6 yrs, he wouldn’t have believed you. Thank you 🙏
Not exactly sure what’s next, but I’m excited to see what’s out there in the universe for me.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) May 17, 2021
Frank isn’t sure what’s next, but I’m willing to bet it’s ESPN.
The network just acquired the NHL rights, and they’ll be beefing up their coverage of the sport, which previously consisted of Barry Melrose getting 45 seconds from the broom closet to talk hockey before Sports Center shifted back to topics like “Is LeBron James the best basketball player ever?” and “How many rings will Tom Brady win in Tampa?” Casting a wide net, ESPN was not.
That’s my educated guess. Frank Seravalli goes to ESPN. It seems like only yesterday he was denying that he was Kyle’s source during the “lazy Flyers beat writer” days of Crossing Broad:
Tensions in the Daily News and Inquirer newsrooms over Crossing Broad were high, and Flyers beat writer Frank Seravalli was presumed to be Scott’s inside source — a claim Seravalli denies, pointing to smackdowns he’s received from the site. At 26, Seravalli is the youngest beat writer in town, and admits he sees his work — and blogs like Crossing Broad — differently than his peers in the press box might. “As journalists, the nature of our job is to hold players and coaches accountable,” he says. “We’re not above being held accountable, too. Crossing Broad is like the sports media watchdog, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I don’t know Kyle Scott, but he’s got a successful thing going, and I don’t see it going away.”
Prescient take right there.
At the Crossing Broad sports book, Seravalli-to-ESPN is currently +175. Good value if you want to get in on that. On a serious note, it’s always cool to see a local guy go on to do well nationally, and it would be nice to see Frank take his next big step.