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FOX SPORTS ADDS NOTED BROADCASTER TIM BRANDO
TO IMPRESSIVE COLLEGE SPORTS ROSTER
Veteran Broadcaster to Call College Football and College Basketball
on FOX and FOX Sports 1
Brando Makes FOX Sports Debut First Week of College Football Season
New York –Tim Brando, a veteran broadcaster with decades of experience calling over 25 sports, is
the latest addition to FOX Sports’ impressive and rapidly growing roster of college sports personalities
and contributors. FOX Sports Executive Producer John Entz announced on June 26 that Brando joins FOX
Sports’ coverage of college football and college basketball on FOX and FOX Sports 1 beginning this
season. Brando’s broadcast partner, as well as the full FOX Sports college football announce teams,
will be released at a later date.
“Tim is one of the most recognized voices in college sports,” Entz said. “Adding someone with his
experience and credibility to our college football and basketball coverage is a fantastic addition for
Brando (@TimBrando) comes to FOX Sports with an impressive resume that includes his daily show,
The Tim Brando Show, on Sirius XM Radio. Winner of the prestigious Lindsey Nelson Award in 2014,
a national honor given annually to a college football broadcaster, Brando is one of the most
authoritative voices in the world of big-time college athletics. He has called more than 25 different
sports during his prolific career, including college football and basketball, and he has been one of the
most recognizable voices of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament since 1996. Brando also served
as host of CBS Sports’ College Football Today and At The Half studio shows, did play-by-play for
CBS Sports’ NFL coverage for several years and has done play-by-play for Raycom’s coverage of
ACC basketball and hosted Raycom’s Emmy Award-winning show Football Saturdays.
Brando joins Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel as other recent additions to FOX Sports’ expanding
college sports coverage. Feldman was announced in April as a FOX Sports senior college football
reporter& columnist, and Mandel earlier this month as a senior columnist focusing on college football
CBS SPORTS ADDS FORMER NFL REFEREE MIKE CAREY TO THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL AND THE NFL ON CBS AS NFL RULES EXPERT FOR 2014 SEASON
CBS Sports has added former NFL Official Mike Carey to the broadcast team for coverage of Thursday Night Football on CBS and NFL Network, and THE NFL ON CBS coverage on Sundays during the 2014 NFL season. The announcement was made today by Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports and Executive Producer, THE NFL ON CBS.
Carey will provide rules analysis, interpretation and explanations on Thursday nights from the game site, as well as NFL Network’s studio in Culver City, Calif., and on Sundays from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.
“So many times throughout the years of watching Mike officiate, I often thought it would be great to have him someday work for CBS explaining the calls on the field,” said McManus. “We’re excited that this has now come to fruition. He will be a great complement to our Thursday Night Football and Sunday afternoon coverage.”
Carey spent 24 years as an NFL official, including 19 as a referee. He joined the NFL from the Western Athletic Conference in 1990 as a side judge. Carey was promoted to referee for the start of the 1995 NFL season becoming only the second African American referee in NFL history, and was the first to referee a Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLII; New England Patriots-N.Y. Giants). In addition, he has officiated four playoff games as a side judge (two Wild Cards and two Conference Championships) and 14 playoff games as a referee (eight Wild Cards, five Divisionals and Super Bowl XLII).
Carey is the co-owner of Seirus Innovation, a privately held company that manufactures ski and snowboarding gloves, face protection, and other cold-weather accessories. He also is an inventor who owns or shares eight ski apparel patents. Carey is a past Chairman of the Board of Snow Sports Industries of America’s, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the NFL Officials Association.
Carey received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Santa Clara University in 1971 and was a running back on its football team. He was elected to the Santa Clara University Board of Trustees in 1995, and currently serves as chair of the Trustee Student Life Committee. Carey previously served on the University’s Board of Regents. He also serves on the Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Diego.
Carey and his wife, Wendy, have two daughters, Drisana and Danica, and currently reside in his native San Diego, Calif.
“Lead Off,” the CBS Sports Network late-night show co-hosted by Doug Gottlieb and Allie LaForce has been canceled. (Sports Business Daily media reporter John Ourand was first on the news). The network said it was due to LaForce moving to a new role as a sideline reporter on CBS’ Saturday SEC game and Gottlieb’s radio show being simulcast daily on CBSSN, beginning August 25. Gottlieb’s radio show will originate from the CBS Sports Radio studios in New York City.
KATHRYN TAPPEN JOINS NBC SPORTS GROUP
Experienced Host & Reporter Will Contribute to NHL Live, Football Night in America, Notre Dame Football & More
Tappen to Join Coverage from Super Bowl XLIX, 2016 Rio Olympics & 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics
Tappen will continue on NHL Network’s Coverage of Signature NHL Events
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 9, 2014 – Kathryn Tappen is joining NBC Sports Group to work on NHL Live, Football Night in America, Notre Dame Football, and to host additional studio programming, NBC Sports Group announced today. She will also be part of NBC Sports’ coverage from Super Bowl XLIX in January-February 2015, and NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 2016 and the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February 2018.
“With extensive studio and reporting experience as well as in-depth knowledge of the NHL, Kathryn is the perfect fit for our growing stable of properties and programs,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports & NBCSN.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the NBC Sports team and to work on some of the most high-profile events in sports,” said Tappen. “This opportunity represents the best of both worlds as I can continue to work on hockey, including signature events for NHL Network, while also covering sports that I’ve worked on in the past and have had a passion for since childhood, such as the Olympics, the NFL and college football.” he will also contribute her award-winning reporting skills to Football Night in America and to Notre Dame Football. For Football Night, the most-watched studio show in sports, Tappen will serve as the on-site reporter covering the high-profile afternoon game. She will share these duties throughout the season with Alex Flanagan and Carolyn Manno. At Notre Dame, Tappen will report from the sidelines for all Fighting Irish games that air on NBC.
Her first assignment comes August 30 when Notre Dame hosts Rice in the Irish’s first game of the 2014 season.
IT’S OFFICIAL: HOLLY SONDERS JOINS FOX SPORTS IN JANUARY
Posted by Ken Fang of fangsbites.com on Jul 17, 2014 14:00
Last week, word surfaced that Morning Drive co-host Holly Sonders was leaving Golf Channel and would join Fox Sports after contract talks with NBC broke down. Sonders joined Golf Channel back in 2011 to launch Morning Drive with her now-husband Erik Kuselias and Gary Williams.
While everything was reported and Golf Channel confirmed her departure, we had not heard from Holly until today when she made the move official on her Twitter account.
The Big Lead reports that Sonders has to wait until the end of the year because her Golf Channel contract expires then and Kuselias tried to package both him and her to Fox as a package deal.
Sonders would join the NFL on Fox as a sideline reporter and also be part of Fox’s golf team which will cover the U.S. Open and other USGA events beginning in 2015.
From RICHARD DEITSCH of SI.com
– Sean McManus from CBS Sports said viewers will sometimes see local CBS sports reporters serving as sideline reporters on a Sunday broadcast on doubleheader weeks
– Fox has hired ESPN announcer Joe Davis for its college football and college basketball coverage. Davis joined ESPN in 2012 as a 24-year-old broadcaster, a very young age to do play-by-play work at a national network. Last year he called the ESPNU late Saturday college football game with David Diaz-Infante. He’ll call Pac-12 and Big 12 games for FS1 and will also do some MLB regional games. His first two FS1 assignments are MLB games on August 9 (Cardinals-Orioles) and August 16 (Yankees-Rays).
Erin Andrews replaces Pam Oliver on Fox’s No. 1 NFL team
Pam Oliver is no longer Fox’s top NFL sideline reporter. And after this coming football season, she will no longer be a sideline reporter at all.
Oliver confirmed the news to Sports Illustrated on Sunday night (July 13) that she will move to the network’s No. 2 team for her 20th NFL broadcasting season. Erin Andrews has been elevated to the No. 1 sideline spot, joining the team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Oliver’s last season working as a reporter on the NFL will be spent with the No. 2 Fox team of Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch.
After a painful couple of months, Oliver said the disappointment of that news has subsided and that she has accepted her new professional reality. But it was a shock last April when Fox Sports executives traveled to Atlanta, where she is based, to tell her in person that she would no longer hold the job that has been her professional life for two decades. Oliver says that while she respected Fox Sports president Eric Shanks and executive vice president of production John Entz delivering the news in person, she was stunned when they initially informed her that not only was she being removed from Fox’s No. 1 NFL team, but also that she was being taken off the NFL sidelines completely in 2014.
“To go from the lead crew to no crew was a little shocking,” Oliver said. “I said I wanted to do a 20th year [on the sidelines]. I expressed to them that I was not done and had something to offer. Again, I think it was predetermined coming in. Not at that meeting, but two years ago it was determined that no matter what I did or did not do, a change would be made for this year.”
After meeting with her bosses, Oliver spoke with her agent, Rick Ramage. They held meetings with other outlets –- for both sports and news roles –- before she ultimately worked things out with Fox. Shanks and Entz eventually agreed to give Oliver one final year on the NFL sidelines.
Removing the well-regarded and well-connected Oliver from the No. 1 team, not to mention initially wanting her out of sideline reporting altogether, seems counter to what a sports network should want in an NFL reporter. Why the decision to make the switch? SI.com contacted Shanks on Sunday night(July 13) in Minneapolis, where he was preparing for Fox’s coverage of the MLB All-Star game on Tuesday at Target Field.
“I think in the last five years we have made a lot of changes with the NFL crews,” Shanks said. “We have made changes to keep our coverage across the board fresh, including the addition of Burkhardt and Lynch -– which has been one of the more exciting pairings we have put together. This is kind of the next move in that evolution.”
A veteran NFL reporter -– who has worked in television and asked for anonymity -– offered another reason. “She’s not blonde, nor is she in the demographic,” said the reporter. “I’m not naïve and I understand it’s a business, but I think that Fox did not treat her as befits a woman who has been the female face of their sports operation for the past 19 years.”
Oliver signed a new multi-year contract for Fox Sports last week and will be doing long-form pieces, specials, major interviews and some producing as well. She will continue her work on Showtime’s 60 Minutes Sports.
Erin Andrews leaving college football duties to focus on Fox’s NFL coverage
One of the college football’s most well-known broadcasters is stepping away from the sport.
SI.com has learned that Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews, who hosted Fox Sports 1’s college football pregame show last year after high-profile college football assignments at ESPN, will no longer have a broadcasting role in the sport. The move coincides with the news Sports Illustrated broke earlier this week that Pam Oliver is moving to the network’s No. 2 team for her 20th NFL broadcasting season and Andrews has been elevated to the No. 1 sideline spot, joining the team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Andrews also has entertainment responsibilities with Dancing With The Stars.
Fox is expected to announce its full college football lineup in the upcoming weeks, including who will replace Andrews. A representative from Fox Sports declined to comment when contacted Thursday night.
Andrews was a major part of college football coverage at ESPN, where she worked as a sideline reporter on ABC and ESPN’s top games and hosted the first hour of an expanded College GameDay program on ESPNU. She then moved from ESPN to Fox two years ago with Fox looking for college football talent, a transaction that came with Fox heavily investing in college football, including entering a 12-year-agreement with the Pac-12 in 2012 and a 13-year agreement with the Big 12 the previous year.
Last year, with the debut of Fox Sports 1, Andrews was tabbed to host Fox College Saturday. The show was given the impossible charter of competing against GameDay and was pummeled in the ratings: The ESPN juggernaut averaged 1,830,000 viewers while FCS averaged 73,000.
As for Andrews, the NFL is something that has been on her mind for a couple of years. Upon being hired by Fox in 2012, Andrews told SI.com that she would not close out the idea of doing sideline reporting on college games for Fox, though she had her eye on the NFL. She said working in the league “has always been a dream.” That dream is now reality.