Et Cetera of Sports Media for August

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Et Cetera of Sports Media for August: College Football/NFL Broadcasting Crews

The Month of August is set for the College Football & NFL Broadcasting Crews for the upcoming season, so we have some right for NFL on FOX, ESPN College Football & FOX College Football

NFL on FOX Crews (Source: Awful Announcing)

new NFL on FOX Logo

1) Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews

2) Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver

3) Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale

4) Thom Brennaman, David Diehl and Laura Okmin

5) Kenny Albert, Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Tony Siragusa

6) Dick Stockton, Donovan McNabb /Kirk Morrison/ Brady Quinn (if he returns from the Dolphins) and Kristina Pink

The most interesting news in the NFL on Fox broadcast lineup may be who will be slated to join the weekly commentary teams from time to time in spot duty.  Yes, there are plans for Gus Johnson (and Charles Davis) to return to the NFL on Fox broadcast booth to announce a couple games a midst the busy college football schedule.  But Gus Johnson is not the only Fox Sports announcer crossing over from another sport to call NFL games this fall.  There are also plans for UFC announcer Mike Goldberg to make the transition for a limited number of games as well.  On the play by play side, Sam Rosen and FS1’s Justin Kutcher will also feature along with FS1 analyst Brendon Ayanbadejo.

The lineup for the perennial leader in the clubhouse for Sunday morning pregame shows, Fox NFL Sunday, remains the same for 2014.  Curt Menefee will host alongside Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, and Jimmy Johnson.  Jay Glazer, Mike Pereira, and Rob Riggle all return in their roles.  That’s not all the pregame action though as Fox Sports 1 will air Fox NFL Kickoff at 11 AM ET, hosted by rising star Joel Klatt along with Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss, and Brian Urlacher.


FOX College Football Crews (from FOX Sports Press Release)

new FOX College Football Logo

Gus Johnson-Charles Davis-Molly McGrath (FOX Primetime)
Tim Brando-Joel Klatt (Thursdays)
Joe Davis-Joey Harrington-Kris Budden
Craig Bolerjack-Ryan Nece

Tim Brando, TBA (Brady Quinn if he returns) on select Saturday Games

Just Kutcher, Cory Wire will also call select games

This year, FOX broadcasts a one-hour prime-time pregame show on Saturdays leading into the

biggest game of the week. Rob Stone (@RobStoneONFOX) hosts alongside analysts Joel Klatt

(@joelklatt) and former college and NFL head coach Dave Wannstedt, a new addition to the FOX

Sports lineup. College football insiders Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB), Stewart Mandel

(@slmandel) and Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) also contribute to the network’s studio coverage.

Feldman and Mandel joined FOX Sports since last season, leaving their prior positions at and, respectively.

In addition, analysts Petros Papadakis (@PetrosAndMoney) and Coy Wire (@CoyWire) as well as

rules expert Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) contribute to FOX Sports’ wide-ranging college football

coverage. FOX Sports’ rich stable of college football analysts also offer their expertise regularly on

FOX Sports 1 studio shows AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE.

FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF airs live at 12:00AM ET, followed by a series of re-airs on Saturday mornings that lead into FOX Sports 1’s first game each Saturday, set for kick off at 12:00 PM ET.

FOX SPORTS LIVE: Countdown To Kickoff
In-Studio Talent
Talent Role Note
Joel Klatt Analyst Former Univ. of Colorado QB; Set 44 school records
Matt Leinart Analyst Former Univ. of Southern Calif. QB; 2004 Heisman Trophy winner;
Two-time first-team All-American
Dave Wannstedt Analyst 39 years of coaching experience; Two-time National Championship winner as assistant coach – Pittsburgh (1976), Miami (1987)
Petros Papadakis Analyst Former Univ. Of Southern Calif. FB; 2000 team captain
Bruce Feldman Insider senior CFB reporter and columnist;
Author – Meat Market, Cane Mutiny, Swing Your Sword
Stewart Mandel Insider senior CFB columnist; Author – Bowls, Polls and Tattered Souls, The Thinking Fan’s Guide to the College Football Playoff
Clay Travis Insider The Coverage college football blogger;
Author – Dixieland Delight, On Rocky Top


On both NFL on FOX & FOX College Football Coverage, Brady Quinn has signed with the Miami Dolphins, if he does get cut then he will return to FOX, but if not in-house will replace his spot with Brando.


ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, SEC Network and ESPN Radio Game Announcer Pairings Note: Additional commentators will contribute throughout the season. (Source: ESPN Mediazone)

ESPN College Football


Game Telecast Play-by-play Analyst Reporter
Saturday Night Football Chris Fowler Kirk Herbstreit Heather Cox
ESPN College Football Primetime Brad Nessler Todd Blackledge Holly Rowe
ESPN or ESPN2 Prime Time Joe Tessitore Brock Huard Shannon Spake
ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC Mark Jones Rod Gilmore Jessica Mendoza
ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC Sean McDonough Chris Spielman Todd McShay
ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC Dave Pasch Brian Griese Tom Luginbill
ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC Beth Mowins Joey Galloway Paul Carcaterra
ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC Mike Patrick Ed Cunningham Jeannine Edwards
ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC Bob Wischusen Matt Millen Quint Kessenich
ESPNU Anish Shroff Kelly Stouffer Cara Capuano
ESPNU Adam Amin John Congemi
ESPNU Clay Matvick Anthony Becht
ESPNEWS Eamon McAnaney Dan Hawkins
ESPNEWS Mike Couzens Rene Ingoglia
ESPN Radio Bill Rosinski David Norrie Joe Schad


Game Telecast Play-by-play Analyst Reporter
ESPN College Football Primetime(Thursday) Rece Davis Jesse Palmer & David Pollack Samantha Ponder
ESPN or ESPN2 Friday Dave Flemming Danny Kanell Allison Williams
ESPN or ESPN2 Tuesday or Wednesday Dave Lamont Desmond Howard
ESPNU Thursday (HBCU) Mark Neely Jay Walker  

SEC Network

Game Telecast Play-by-play Analyst Reporter
SEC Network Brent Musburger Jesse Palmer Maria Taylor
SEC Network Dave Neal Andre Ware Laura Rutledge
SEC Network Tom Hart Matt Stinchcomb Heather Mitts

ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and SEC Network Studio Assignments

Show Host Analyst Contributor
College GameDay Built by The Home Depot (Saturdays: 9 a.m. to noon on ESPN) Chris Fowler Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard & David Pollack Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, Scott Van Pelt & Gene Wojciechowski
SEC Nation (Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon on SEC Network) Joe Tessitore Marcus Spears & Tim Tebow Paul Finebaum & Kaylee Hartung
Pre-game, halftime and post-game, College Football Countdown (Saturdays on ABC) John Saunders Mack Brown & Danny Kanell
Pre-game, halftime and post-game, College Football Final (Saturdays on ESPN) Rece Davis Lou Holtz & Mark May
Pre-game, halftime and post-game (Thursdays on ESPN) Scott Van Pelt Brian Griese & Mark May
Pre-game, halftime and post-game (Saturdays on ESPN2) Adnan Virk Butch Davis & Robert Smith
Pre-game, halftime and post-game (Saturdays on ESPNU) Matt Schick Kevin Carter, Jason Sehorn & Charles Arbuckle
Pre-game, halftime and post-game, SEC Scoreboard (Saturdays on SEC Network) Dari Nowkhah Greg McElroy & Booger McFarland
College GameDay on ESPN Radio(Saturdays at noon) Matt Barrie Trevor Matich & Brad Edwards


New Inside the NFL Crew on Showtime:

Inside the NFL


Ed Reed, Current Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall and Boomer Esiason Join Phil Simms & Host Greg Gumbel on INSIDE THE NFL as Weekly Series Moves To Tuesdays Beginning September 2

NEW YORK(August 14, 2014) – Former 12-year NFL veteran safety and nine-time Pro Bowler Ed Reed, current Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall and Boomer Esiason join Phil Simms as analysts, along with new host Greg Gumbel, on INSIDE THE NFL when the series begins its seventh season on SHOWTIME on Tuesday, September 2nd.

The announcement was made today by Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports® and Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports and Executive Producer, THE NFL ON CBS.

INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME will move to Tuesday nights with the premiere on Tuesday, September 2nd at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The show, produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films, will air every Tuesday during the NFL season through February 4th, 2015. NFL Network will re-air the show on Wednesdays (9 p.m. ET) throughout the season.

“The additions of Greg as host, along with new analysts Boomer, Ed and Brandon, combined with Phil, follow along in the tradition of excellence that fans have come to expect from this show,” said McManus. “With Ed just coming off the playing field and Brandon still on it, this show truly brings a unique perspective that is unseen on any other show.”

“We’ve assembled, perhaps, the most dynamic cast in this show’s long history,” said Espinoza. “Of course, the program will continue to deliver breath-taking highlights and exclusive features. And now, we are coupling the respected and accomplished personalities of Simms, Boomer and Greg Gumbel with a defensive perspective from Ed Reed and Brandon Marshall’s perspective directly from the field.  We are as excited as ever for the new season.”

Reed, a Super Bowl champion and nine-time Pro Bowl safety, takes on his first full-time role as an analyst after a 12-year career in the NFL.  Marshall, a five-time Pro Bowl receiver in nine seasons thus far, will trade his pads and cleats for a suit and microphone once a week in his first start as an analyst—serving as the first active NFL player analyst in the show’s 37-year history—while sports media veterans Esiason and Gumbel are joining INSIDE THE NFL for the first time. Simms will continue in his role that began when the series moved to SHOWTIME in 2008 while adding “CBS/Thursday Night Football” to his robust in-season schedule.

INSIDE THE NFL covers every game, every week, with trademark highlights from NFL Films, special, in-depth features and spirited debate on the hottest topics in the league.

In just seven seasons on SHOWTIME, INSIDE THE NFL has won seven Sports EMMY® Awards, including two for Outstanding Studio Show. Past hosts of the storied program dating back to the 1970’s have included Chuck Bednarik, James Brown, Nick Buoniconti, Cris Carter, Cris Collinsworth, Bob Costas, Len Dawson, Jerry Glanville, Jimmy Johnson, Peter King, Dan Marino, and Warren Sapp.

INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.



Thursday Night Football

Featuring Multiple Locations, Coverage Begins at 6:00 PM ET with ‘NFL Total Access Kickoff’ on NFL Network and ‘NFL Thursday Night Kickoff’ at 7:30 PM ET on CBS and NFL Network
James Brown, Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher to be Joined by Rich Eisen, Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci Live On-Location Every Thursday
‘Postgame Show’ Wraps Up On-Location Coverage Each Week

The complete pregame and postgame talent roster for Thursday Night Football on NFL Network and CBS is set. Joining the previously announced set featuring host James Brown and analysts Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher will be an additional set featuring host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci.

Every Thursday at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, Eisen will kick off the NFL week with Irvin, Faulk and Mariucci live from outside the stadium on NFL Total Access Kickoff. The cast will provide news and analysis of the upcoming matchup, as well as highlight the atmosphere and festivities outside the stadium as fans arrive for every Thursday Night Football game on CBS and NFL Network.

At 7:30 PM ET, Brown, Sanders and Cowher anchor NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from inside the stadium. The show will air on CBS and be simulcast on NFL Network during Weeks 2-8 and air exclusively on NFL Network during Weeks 9-12 and 14-16. During halftime, Brown, Sanders and Cowher host the Halftime Show on CBS and NFL Network.

Brown, Sanders and Cowher also will appear on NFL Total Access Kickoff in the 6:00-7:30 PM ET window, while Eisen, Irvin, Faulk and Mariucci will appear within NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from 7:30 PM ET to kickoff.

Additionally, throughout the course of the 2014 Thursday Night Footballschedule, NFL Network and CBS analysts such as Tony Gonzalez, Kurt Warner, LaDainian Tomlinson, Willie McGinest, Terrell Davis and more will appear on-location on both the NFL Total Access Kickoff and NFL Thursday Night Kickoff pregame shows.

Immediately following each game, the Postgame Show airs live from the stadium on NFL Network and CBS. Eisen, Irvin, Faulk, Mariucci and Sanders reprise their wildly entertaining postgame show, providing highlights, analysis and live interviews. Each week, a player or coach from the winning team will join the crew on-set to discuss the victory, receive a gift bag which will vary each week and leave their handprints on the Winning Hands wall.

The full slate of 16 regular-season Thursday Night Football games will be produced by CBS with its broadcasters and production team, including Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson. The Thursday Night Football schedule kicks off on September 11 with Steelers vs. Ravens from Baltimore.

2014 Thursday Night Football Schedule
Kickoff times are 8:25 PM, ET unless otherwise noted

Sept. 11 (Week 2): Steelers at Ravens Nov. 6 (Week 10): Browns at Bengals
Sept. 18 (Week 3): Buccaneers at Falcons Nov. 13 (Week 11): Bills at Dolphins
Sept. 25 (Week 4): Giants at Redskins Nov. 20 (Week 12): Chiefs at Raiders
Oct. 2    (Week 5): Vikings at Packers Dec. 4  (Week 14): Cowboys at Bears
Oct. 9   (Week 6): Colts at Texans Dec. 11 (Week 15): Cardinals at Rams
Oct. 16 (Week 7): Jets at Patriots Dec. 18 (Week 16): Titans at Jaguars
Oct. 23 (Week 8): Chargers at Broncos Dec. 20 (Week 16): Eagles at Redskins*
Oct. 30 (Week 9): Saints at Panthers Dec. 20 (Week 16): Chargers at 49ers*

Weeks 2-8 and one of the Saturday games from Week 16 will be broadcast by CBS and simulcast on NFL Network. Weeks 9-12 and 14-16, including one of the Saturday games during Week 16 will be televised on NFL Network.

*The kickoff times for each of the Saturday games – Philadelphia at Washington and San Diego at San Francisco – will be determined at a later date.


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