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The Bird & Beard will be moving up this fall on the NFL on CBS by John Breech | CBSSports.com
When the NFL seasons kicks off in September, it will mark the 55th year that CBS has broadcasted the league. When the network broadcasts its first regular season game on Sept. 7, you’ll see some familiar faces and some new faces.
Here are the official announcer pairings for the 2014 season.
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms//Tracy Wolfson
Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts
Greg Gumbel/Trent Green
Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
Spero Dedes/Solomon Wilcots
Andrew Catalon/Steve Beuerlein/Steve Tasker
Wolfson and Tasker won’t be the only sideline reporters in 2014. CBS will also be utilizing network newcomers Jenny Dell and Evan Washburn. Wolfson is moving over to the NFL full-time after spending the past 10 seasons as the lead sideline reporter for the SEC on CBS.
Nantz and Simms will be on the call for 14 Thursday night games this year as part of the NFL’s new deal with CBS. Eight of those 14 games will air on CBS and simulcast on NFL Network. The other six games will be shown on NFL Network only, but Nantz and Simms will still be on the call.
Nantz and Simms will still be on the call for many Sunday games, but they won’t be pulling Thursday/Sunday double-duty every week this fall. When Nantz and Simms have a week off, the No. 1 CBS game will go to the new No. 2 pairing of Fouts and Eagle.
Fouts and Eagle have been working together as a tandem at CBS since 2010.
Newcomer Trent Green, who was hired by CBS in April, will be paired with long-time network play-by-play man Greg Gumbel. Gumbel had been paired with Dan Dierdorf since 2006, however, Dierford retired from CBS following the 2013 season setting the stage for Gumbel’s new partnership with Green.
Game coverage also will include play-by-play announcers Brian Anderson and Tom McCarthy, as well as analysts Adam Archuleta and Chris Simms.
James Brown once again will anchor The NFL Today from New York. Brown will be joined by veteran analysts Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, along with newcomers Tony Gonzalez and Bart Scott. Jason La Canfora will continue to serve as the network’s NFL Insider.
Maria Taylor Named to SEC Network Lineup from ESPN Mediazone Release
ESPN Sideline Reporter Signs Multi-Year Deal as Host, Sideline Reporter and Analyst
The SEC Network, ESPN’s 24/7 network devoted to the Southeastern Conference, has reached a multi-year deal with Maria Taylor to serve as studio host. She will also be a sideline reporter for SEC football games and an analyst for volleyball and select women’s basketball contests.
“In a short amount of time at ESPN, Maria has established herself as an engaging reporter and knowledgeable analyst from sidelines and in the studio,” said Stephanie Druley, ESPN vice president, production of college networks. “Maria’s versatility in both on-air skill sets and experience as a two-sport SEC student-athlete make her a perfect fit for the SEC Network.”
Taylor is the first studio host named for the network which launches August 14. She will have an integral role in the network’s daily news & information show and other programming from the Charlotte, N.C. studios. In addition, she will report from SEC stadiums every Saturday in tandem with the SEC Network’s lead college football commentating team of Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer. She was previously the reporter on ESPN2’s Saturday night primetime telecast.
Taylor was a two-sport student-athlete at Georgia – volleyball and basketball – and will share her SEC athletic expertise from both courts on the SEC Network. In college she was named to the All-SEC volleyball team three times and has since covered women’s college volleyball, including the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship, as an analyst on ESPN networks for the last two seasons.
As a basketball analyst and reporter, she has worked regular season games for ESPN networks and also served in studio for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Show, Preview Show and the Tournament.
“I am beyond thrilled to be part of the SEC Network. It feels like I’m coming back home,” said Taylor. “I played in this conference and I know first-hand that the standard of excellence expected of the players, coaches, and Universities that reside in the SEC. It is humbling to have a role in the network.”
The former Bulldog joins a growing roster of nationally acknowledged SEC players and renowned sportscasters that includes:
Booger McFarland, college football analyst
Greg McElroy, college football analyst
Brent Musburger, lead play by play
Paul Finebaum, host of The Paul Finebaum Show
Jesse Palmer, college football analyst
Marcus Spears, college football analyst
Tim Tebow, college football analyst
Joe Tessitore, host of SEC Nation
Also word is that Tim Brando & Tony Barnhart both from CBS has joined the SEC Network also.
Shane Battier Will Be ESPN College Basketball Analyst Next Season After Retiring From the Heat
By: Jason McIntyre from the big lead
Shane Battier, who said two months ago that he would be retiring after this NBA season barring an “act of God,” has agreed to a multi-year TV deal with ESPN to be a college basketball analyst next season, multiple people told The Big Lead.
It’s unclear yet if ESPN will use Battier, 35, as a game analyst, in the studio, or on the set of College Gameday, which is being revamped. Battier’s agent, Jim Ornstein, didn’t return a call today seeking comment. ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said the network had “no comment.” The deal isn’t expected to be announced until after the Finals are complete. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
NBC’s Flanagan Dropped From Notre Dame, FNIA Duties
NBC Sports sideline reporter Alex Flanagan has been removed from the network’s Notre Dame football coverage, a spokesman confirmed to The Big Lead. Flanagan had been roaming the sidelines for Notre Dame coverage since 2007. She will also not return to the network’s Football Night in America NFL pregame show, where she served as an on-site reporter.