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No Jim Knox on Rangers broadcasts in 2017

Jim Knox says he will not be part of the Rangers television broadcasts in 2017

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Jim Knox will not be part of the Rangers' television broadcasts in 2017, per a statement Knox tweeted out today.

This is surprising news -- Knox has been a fixture as part of the Rangers broadcasts in the role of (as Jeff Sullivan once put it) "the Guy in the Stands."  Knox would do segments with fans at the game, which would take place while the game was going on.

Knox was something of a polarizing figure, with some folks enjoying his oftentimes wacky bits, and others finding him annoying and a distraction from the game.  Along with the departure of Steve Busby, this presents a significant shift in the telecast for 2017.

UPDATE -- The tweet from Jim Knox that includes his statement: