More to come, but here’s the official rundown from Fox Sports.
Since 1996, MLB on FOX is one of the most successful franchises in sports television, built on a foundation of 40 Emmy Awards, unprecedented coverage, innovations, legendary voices and some of the best moments in sports history. This season, MLB on FOX welcomes in a new era as the national Saturday home of the nation’s pastime with exciting new voices, a Los Angeles-based pregame show and a new nightly highlights program on FOX Sports 1, America’s new sports network.
FOX Sports lifts the curtain on 2014 by today announcing that Emmy Award-winning play-by-play broadcaster, Joe Buck, the voice of MLB on FOX since its inception, is joined by analysts Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci as the new lead game broadcast team for MLB on FOX. The announcement was … Continue Reading
The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre reports that Fox Sports plans to go with a three-man booth for its new No. 1 baseball team this year. Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci will join Joe Buck.
The move to bring in Reynolds, who has been at MLB Network since 2009, as a replacement for Tim McCarver hardly is a surprise. His name has been at the top of speculation for months. It will cap a huge comeback for the former Seattle Mariner, whose broadcast career was in shambles after he was dismissed by ESPN in 2006 over sexual harassment allegations. He later sued for wrongful termination and the case was settled out of court.
The decision to give Verducci such a high-profile role is a major surprise. The veteran baseball writer for Sports Illustrated has some experience calling games for TBS, MLB … Continue Reading
Steve Elkington probably should stay off Twitter for a while.
The veteran golfer is an active tweeter. However, he did one tweet too many when it came to Michael Sam at last week’s NFL Combine.
When Elkington started feeling the intense heat, he followed up by saying he was making a point about ESPN’s excessive coverage of Sam.
Even if that was Elkington’s intent, it was an incredibly poor way to do it.
Jason Sobel of GolfChannel.com had this to say about Elkington in a column:
I don’t know Steve Elkington personally. His long run of relevance as an elite professional golfer was dying down by the time I started covering the beat in 2004, so other than maybe a couple of long-forgotten news conference questions and recalling that he owned a beautiful swing and an ugly wardrobe, I
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David Scott of ESPN’s Front Row did a Q/A with Vince Doria about the backstory for last night’s news about Michael Sam.
Sam’s representatives wanted both ESPN and the New York Times to break the story. As a result it required some coordinating.
What was the arrangement with the New York Times?
In a conference call last week that included Howard, sports editor Jason Stallman of the New York Times, and me, we determined that both outlets would do their interviews (yesterday), and we would break the story simultaneously at 3 p.m. ET on Monday. That was the timetable Bragman wanted. I don’t think Jason nor I was terribly comfortable with holding the material for 24 hours – we knew other media had been chasing the story, and might decide to break it without an interview – but those were
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Let’s face it, there’s no escaping Tim Tebow. He may be out of football, but he hardly is out of the spotlight.
Today, Tebow served as co-host for Good Morning America. Sunday, he will be featured in ads for T-Mobile. The spots show that as a TV pitchman, Tebow could be another Peyton Manning.
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If you need to be warmed up on this cold January day, take a listen to Jack Buck’s legendary call of Ozzie Smith’s game-winner in 1985.
From MLB Network on tonight’s installment of My Most Memorable Game.
Co-hosted by Bob Costas and Tom Verducci, Ozzie Smith will reminisce about his walkoff home run to end Game Five of the ‘85 NLCS at 9 p.m. ET and Bob Gibson talks about his record-setting 17 strikeout performance in Game One of the ‘68 WS at 9:30 p.m. ET
When I struck out [Al Kaline], it was 15 and that’s when Tim [McCarver] was making me look at the scoreboard and I had no idea what he wanted me to do. I just wanted the ball so we could keep going, and then I turned around and looked … Continue Reading
OK, Richard Deitsch. I can hear you. Enough with the Skip Bayless, right?
Earlier today, I posted my Chicago Tribune column on Bayless. As you would expect, I had much more that I could squeeze into 750 words for the newspaper.
Thanks to the infinite Internet, I thought I would share more from my interview with Bayless, which took place at the hotel where he lives year-round in Bristol. It provides more of an idea of what makes him tick.
How did you enjoy your Chicago years? What struck you about being a columnist in Chicago?
Some of the best years of my career.
Because it’s the most passionate sports city in America. The interest stays high 365 days a year for every sport, including the Blackhawks, even when they’re down. And I loved living downtown. It was a … Continue Reading
A good night for sports viewing besides games.
ESPN’s new 30 for 30 is The Price of Gold, recounting the incredible saga of Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding (8 p.m. ET). Interestingly, Kerrigan did not participate in the film. She will be part of a NBC documentary about it. Coincidentally, Kerrigan is working the OIympics for NBC.
Still even without Kerrigan, the film is terrific. Here is a link to Ben Koo’s review in Awful Announcing.
Meanwhile, more pleasant memories will be recounted on MLB Network. My Most Memorable Game makes it debut at 9 p.m. ET.
In tonight’s episode, Cal Ripken Jr. has a hard time staying composed while discussing Game No. 2,131.
Here’s the official rundown on the series from MLB Network:
Major League Baseball legends recount unforgettable games in their careers in MLB Network’s … Continue Reading
Go out to lunch, and they make changes at ESPN….
The Vince Doria retirement watch finally is over. Whoever had early 2015 in the pool wins.
However, the transition is beginning now. ESPN President John Skipper announced that Rob King will assume control of SportsCenter and ESPN’s news operations.
Also, it looks like 2014 is shaping up as a farewell tour for Doria.
Skipper writes: “Vince has elevated us immensely each day of his time with us, and his contributions deserve more time and consideration than a passing reference in a note such as this. . . stay tuned.”
Also, a big new position for John Wildhack.
Here is John Skipper’s memo to the staff via ESPN Front Row.
ESPN President John Skipper sent the following note to the company this afternoon announcing changes within the content division:
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Dan McNeil is returning to WSCR-AM 670 in Chicago.
Earlier this morning, his partner, Matt Spiegel, posted this via TwitLonger:
Dan McNeil returns today at noon, and the Mac and Spiegs show will reconvene.
I know many of you have hungered for information and details about the show; I’m sorry I haven’t been able to respond and provide them along the way. The situation was simply too delicate personally, legally, and professionally to comment on publicly.
I look forward to Mac being able to tell you about his absence and return, in his words, as he sees fit.
Laurence Holmes is a complete pro, a great host, and a phenomenal teammate. It’s been awesome to work with him these 7 weeks and get a rhythm going; I enjoyed my radio tryst. We appreciate those of you that stuck with us,
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