Detroit Tigers broadcasters Mario Impemba and Rod Allen won't return

Detroit Tigers broadcasters Mario Impemba and Rod Allen won't return

The Detroit Tigers will have a new look in the TV broadcast booth for the 2019 season.

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

After a late-season falling out escalated to a physical altercation on September 4, longtime Fox Sports Detroit broadcasters Rod Allen and Mario Impemba will not return next season, according to multiple persons with knowledge of the situation.

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Allen's agent denied that his client choked Impemba, according to Lynn Henning and Tony Paul of the Detroit News.

The two worked together for almost 17 years in the Tigers broadcast booth and had opposing personalities and broadcast styles, according to The Athletic's Katie Strang. In their absence last season, Matt Shepard and Kirk Gibson called the majority of games, USA Today reported.

Impemba has been the play-by-play voice for the Tigers since 2002 and Allen has done color commentary since 2003. Neither have spoken publicly about the incident.

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