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Impemba and Allen out as Tigers' broadcasters

Rod Allen and Mario Impemba have reportedly lost their jobs calling Tigers games after an alleged attack over a chair at work. More Rod Allen and Mario Impemba have reportedly lost their jobs calling Tigers games after an alleged attack over a chair at work. More
Cary Erickson | 12 October, 2018, 10:42

After a physical altercation between Rod Allen and Mario Impemba halted their broadcasting of games on September 4, the team is preparing to move forward without them.

Now the two have apparently lost their jobs.

As expected, the Detroit Tigers will have a new television broadcast team next season.

The altercation was because of a disagreement over a chair in the booth, sources told Local 4. Allen's agent called those accusations "utter fabrications".

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The Tigers and Fox Sports Detroit haven't commented publicly about the reports.

After the fight, the pair were suspended from the booth and the Tigers brought in Matt Shepard and Kirk Gibson to call the rest of their games.

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.

Impemba had been the primary play-by-play voice for the Tigers since 2002, with Allen joining him the following season. Neither have spoken publicly about the incident, which served as a sour ending to almost 17 seasons together in the broadcast booth.