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@CUbsfan Don't assume anything. Sims worked 0 Westwood One games last year until baseball was over. Westwood One has Chuck Cooperstein and Tom Franklin who did the Westwood One games until baseball ended for McCarthy and Sims.

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@ForeignCharacter That may be true, but only to a degree. The fact is the Rangers were using McLemore as an analyst for 1 inning every home game last year. They already had him on the TV staff, and fans wanted to hear more from McLemore. At the same time they didn't want to stop using Grieve and pay someone else when Busby was going to be out for surgery. Having Grieve move over and do the play-by-play, which I thought he was better at than being an analyst, helped satisfy both of their worlds. It also kept FOX from having to spend any additional money by hiring another play-by-play man.

From what I understand, option B was to have Nadel and Matt Hicks call the games if Grieve bombed, so they weren't going to bring in Bill Jones either way. They also technically could have had John Rhadigan move back to play-by-play, but I think they feared the fans backlash after how poorly he performed in 2011.

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Last year Johnny Holliday and Ray Knight didn't do any Nationals broadcasts. Carpenter and Santangelo called all the non-ESPN/ FOX games last season, and they acted way too much like homers. I give them a C. Santangelo did ok at not being a homer in his FOX games, and that is the only reason I don't give them a F.


Chip Caray is the worst play-by-play announcer in the game. Joe Simpson is one of the worst homer analysts in the game. That should give them a F, but Glavine and Smoltz offer good insight and bring it up to a D. 


I haven't heard Craig Minervi call a game. In fact last season when Rich Waltz was unavailable, they had Tommy Hutton call the game as part of a 3-analyst booth. Waltz and Hutton deserve an A, but I had to give them an overall B solely because Hutton wasn't ready for those play-by-play responsibilities and they didn't let him have any practice to get ready for the games where he was play-by-play (unlike the Rangers where they had Grieve do play-by-play for 3 innings a game leading up to Busby's absence last season). 


Cohen, Darling, and Burkhardt are all A++++++++ announcers. Hernandez tends to be a B, but last time I checked 3 > 1, so they get an A.


Stairs and Moyer are brand new. They are improving as analysts with every game they do, but so far Stairs has done 2 regular season games while Moyer has been at every regular season game. It's difficult to improve when you aren't present. McCarthy is an A, Schmidt is an A, Moyer is a B, and Stairs is a C, so overall they average a B. 

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I know a lot of people dislike Busby as an announcer. I'd like to know why. Let me be honest here. i think the best Tv announcers are those who have transitioned from the radio. Why do I feel this way? Because they still call the game like it is on the radio. When I need to get up to refill my pizza or soda, I can do so and still know what is happening without seeing the TV because they call the game like it is on the radio. With that being said, most Rangers fans can't stand Grieve and which they'd have McLemore replace Grieve full-time. If Mc were the full-time analyst, I would give them an A. With Grieve though, it is a B.


As for the rest of the teams, Sims and Blowers are too biased. Rizzs and Goldsmith seem to mellow out Blowers when they call the game, but they call it like it is on the radio. Still, they aren't the worst in the division. I give them a C.


I can't comment on Babbit since this will be his first season acting as an analyst for select games. Kuiper does a very good job of calling the games, but Fosse tends to tell outdated stories and quite possibly makes the most mistakes out of all the AL West announcers. Fosse's mistakes give them a B.


Bill Brown and Alan Ashby have great chemistry for the Astros, and Geoff Blum provides a lot of insight many analysts don't provide. The only problem- they are on Comcast Houston, so you never get to see them. I give them a B solely because I can't stay tuned in to the entire broadcast when they call a game. They are good announcers, but the lack of interesting signature calls or explaining inside information puts me to sleep.


As for Rojas & Gubicza, to me they are the second worst team in the division and are the only team I give an F too. All I hear on one of their broadcasts is Angels this, Angels that, how great are these Angels, these Angels are under performing, etc. I can deal with one man being a homer, but both of these announcers tend to be majorly homers. I will never watch one of their broadcasts if I can avoid it. 

2 days, 9 hours ago on

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My spidey sense is tingling. I'm beginning to sense holes that Dick Stockton and Justin Kutcher will cover.

3 days, 12 hours ago on

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@CUbsfan  Schedule availability mostly I would suppose. If Stone is available, he's the analyst, period. 

4 days, 4 hours ago on

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@CUbsfan  Former catcher for the Twins (1981-1989)

4 days, 5 hours ago on

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Personally I think the AL Central has the worst announcers in baseball. Harrelson is too much of a homer. His biase makes me want to puke. It's only when the White Sox lose that I can find his commentary enjoyable.


By far Lefebvre and Physioc are the best announcers in this group, and they both work for KC. It is Rex Hudlers calls that bring them down. I can't comment of Jeff Montgomery who hasn't been an analyst during the game in the past 2 years. 


Impemba and Allen are just too dry during their calls. If I'm ever having problems falling asleep, all I need to do is turn on a Twins game and I'll be out within 5 minutes. 


Underwood and Manning get a C from me solely because they too have too much homerism in their calls, though they aren't as bad as Hawk. 


And I think everyone has commented enough of Bremer and Blyleven. 

4 days, 8 hours ago on

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@RushVogel I have been getting all the sports media releases from FOX since I requested them in January. I technically am part of the media, filling out the daily Tv schedule for my local paper. I also get them so I can post the announcing information on my sports blog- Eye on Sky and Air Sports. On the very day the NFL Preseason schedule was released (April 9), they (FOX Sports) released an article saying the NFL on FOX returns this August. In that press release, they state that Burkhardt, Lynch, & Erin Andrews will do the Chiefs/ Panthers game on August 17 while Buck, Aikman, and Pam Oliver will do the Chargers/ 49ers game on August 24.


They awarded Burkhardt and Lynch last postseason due to their excellence during the regular season. However Alberts, Moose, and Goose actually didn't call the #2 game for FOX after week 8 last season. I suspect it is because they are wanting to get younger. Or perhaps they just realized they needed to get better broadcast teams. Like it or not, Erin Andrews should have always been the #2 sideline reporter. FOX certainly rectified that.

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@RushVogel Everyone keeps putting Albert/Johnson/Siragusa as the #2 team. Guess what. They aren't anymore. Burkhardt and Lynch were granted the second game on championship weekend, and now they've been granted the second pre-season game on FOX for 2014. That's right. there's no Albert/ Johnston/ Siragusa preseason game this year.


I also don't see FOX picking up Marino. Sure, he's not on the NFL on CBS Pregame show anymore, but I'm pretty sure he is still assigned to Monday Morning QB for CBS Sports Network. That would mean Marino isn't available for FOX to use.

1 week ago on

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Gonzaga will finish ahead of BYU when BYU returns 5 starters who started at points this last year. They will have 9 seniors on their roster for the 2014-15 season, and more than 92% of the time those teams usually win their conferences. The only players they lose are Matt Carlino, who is going to graduate school elsewhere, and Eric Mika, who is going on his mission. Replacing them are Chase Fischer (transfer from Wake Forest), Isaac Neilson (return missionary), Jordan Chatman (return missionary). Jamaal Aytes (transfer from UNLV),  and Ryan Andrus (new high school graduate). 


Fischer will fill in Carlino's point production. He is a better shooter. Just look at his numbers at Wake Forest and you see that. Winder, Halford, and Fischer all typically average around the same amount of points as Carlino and are better defenders. Collinsworth will play the point guard, and he averages a lot less turnovers. There has also been some talk of Winder being moved to PG if necessary.


Replacing Eric Mika will be Ryan Andrus and Jamal Aytes. Now I realize Aytes won't be able to start playing until sometime in December, but they will provide the depth BYU lacked in terms of big men this year alongside Austin and Sharp. 


Would I have them in a way too early pre-season poll. Doubtful, but I also wouldn't include Gonzaga, and I would have BYU ahead of the Zags.

1 week, 1 day ago on

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@canadian_xing  That is what NHL.com says. They added it strangely enough on Tuesday. When I checked the schedule on Monday, they had no NHL Network games scheduled this week.

1 week, 3 days ago on

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FOX has already announced that Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, & Erin Andrews will do the Chiefs/ Panthers game while Joe Buck, troy Aikman, and Michele Tafoya will do the Chargers/ 49ers game. 

1 week, 3 days ago on

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@CUbsfan That is correct. NBCSN released all their info yesterday, and Stars/ Coyotes is NOT included on the press release. Neither is a game Friday at 7:30 PM. Both of them are dependent on playoff scenarios heading into those dates. Should NBC add a game on one of those days, they have said they will post the info at NBC Sports Press Box- http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/04/07/push-for-the-playoffs-nbc-sports-group-presents-up-to-10-nhl-games-with-playoff-implications-in-final-week-of-regular-season/

1 week, 4 days ago on

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It should be noted that NBCSN has reserved the right to add additional games on Friday and Sunday night. They will do so depending on playoff importance. 

1 week, 4 days ago on

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@morganwick  Dick Vitale doesn't call double headers PEROID! That's why Jay Bilas called the second NCAA Semifinal game with Shulman for ESPN America (International feed). And there's no way ESPN would bring in Gus Johnson from FOX or Doug Gottlieb from CBS to call games. They have enough of their own talent to keep from needing to bring in any other group. 


And no, Pasch & Walton wouldn't be a gimmic. Pasch & Walton happen to be the #1 Pac-12 broadcast team. They'd use their #1 broadcasts teams from the ACC, Pac-12, Big Ten, Big XII, SEC, and American before any other groups. 

1 week, 4 days ago on

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@tag42481 It doesn't change what I said about Tessitore. Tessitore is contractually obligated to start broadcasting Friday Night Fights as soon as the basketball regular season is over. This is why Farnham is teamed up with Flemming during the first half of championship week and during the Women's Tourney broadcasts. 

It also doesn't change that Burke is their #1 analyst for the women's games, so she wouldn't be available. As a result, you could probably expect Bob Knight calling games either way.

And finally it doesn't change that for the last two years, even though Bilas is at the Final Four he has only called the second semifinal. Last year Nessler & Vitale called the first semi and then the championship. This year Shulman & Vitale called the first semi and will be calling the championship. 

I also fail to see why they wouldn't be using Roxy Bernstein since he is their #2 announcer for Pac-12 games behind Pasch. Bernstein is consistently used more than Blackburn during regular season games. Likely Bernstein would be on the ESPN group while Blackburn would be relegated to the NIT or Women's Tourney. Heck, if even half of these announcers were used, the women's tourney would have half of their announcing assignments be new as well. 

1 week, 5 days ago on

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ESPN wouldn't use a 3-man booth for the Championship when they haven't used it the past 2 years for the ESPN America International broadcast. It'd be just Shulman & Vitale.


Yes, Burke being on the men's tourney would be a stretch as long as they have the women's tourney. 


You are missing 4 needed broadcast teams for 2nd/ 3rd round matches, seeing as there are 8 sites. One of the missing teams would be Dave Pasch/ Bill Walton. They'd do one of the two West Region matches. The other would be Dave Flemming and Farnham. Tessitore wouldn't be used since he'd be doing Friday Night Fights. 


My guess for the other 3 missing 2nd/ 3rd round teams would be Roxy Bernstein and Miles Simon or Corey Williams; Tom Hart & Len Elmore; and Rece Davis and Bob Knight. Davis could move to the studio starting with the Sweet 16, but I think they'd have him call 1st round matches. 

1 week, 5 days ago on

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Still no love for BYU Sports Nation? The sports talk program is now simulcast on BYUtv and airs Monday- Friday at Noon ET.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on

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@stuie299  I don't know if we'll get more Knight, but it does mean ESPN will have a new analyst for the women's tourney 1st round next year. Dykes was teamed up w/ Melissa Lee calling 1st Round games this year.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on

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The Padres broadcast team is missing Mike Pomeranz (play-by-play from select games) and Mark Sweeney (analyst for select games).

2 weeks, 4 days ago on

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The rest of the broadcast teams were announced earlier today. For the team casts, all the main TV play-by-play announcers are being used. Most of the analysts aren't since they are part of the teams radio teams as well.  Here's all the broadcast info outside of the TBS/ CBS main team. 


Westwood One will use Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), John Thompson & Bill Raftery (analysts), Jim Gray (sidelines), Jason Horowitz (studio host), and Bill Walton (studio analyst) for both Final Four games and the championship. 


Florida vs. Connecticut: 

TNT (Florida)- David Steele, Mark Wise, James Bates


truTV (Connecticut)- Eric Frede, Donny Marshall, Swin Cash


ESPN America (International)- Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale


Kentucky vs. Wisconsin: 

TNT (Kentucky)- Rob Bromley, Rex Chapman, Dave Baker


truTV (Wisconsin)- Wayne Larrivee, Mike Kelley


ESPN America (International)- Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas


National Championship:

ESPN America (International)- Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale

2 weeks, 4 days ago on

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@MattGalvin Did you not read what I wrote? It's not Nessler for the championship either. Dan Shulman is calling both semi's and the championship for ESPN America.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on

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@MattGalvin Correction. Nessler isn't calling any games. Dan Shulman and Dick Vitale will call one semifinal while Shulman and Jay Bilas will call the other. Shulman & Vitale then have the championship. However they did ACC games during the regular season, not American, so they wouldn't fit the classification of local team announcers.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on

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@CUbsfan @MattGalvin No. One team cast will be on truTV. The other will be on TNT. TBS will carry the Regular Broadcast. 

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@CUbsfan No, because I rarely listen to music, much less CD's. I do know John Tesh uses part of it every night with the intro to each hour on The John Tesh Radio Program (Music & Intelligence for Your Life). 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on

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@JudgeJB  Brian Anderson is also the lead play-by-play man for the Milwaukee Brewers and will be calling the Brewers game that day. 

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Raftery couldn't do either the truTV or TBS broadcast. The Westwood One Radio team for the Final Four and Championship is Kevin Kugler, John Thompson, and Bill Raftery with Jason Horowitz and Bill Walton at the studio. 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on

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@qcsportsnet @MattGalvin  I agree with you, but the reason I specifically said CSS announcers for Florida & Kentucky is because they have their own TV contracts with IMG. Considering IMG isn't letting their radio teams do a simulcast, I'm not sure they'll let their TV announcers do it either. 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on

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Yes, I was very upset that NBC didn't use Roundrock for their Olympic Basketball coverage in 2012 after using it in 2008. 

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@MattGalvin  They can't. Learfield and IMG aren't allowing them to use the radio talent, which is why this article was written. Could this mean CSS talent gets brought up to do the broadcast for Florida and Kentucky? FSN/ESPN would also be a possibility. Likely we'll have BTN talent for Wisconsin.  ESPN did all the American games, so UConn's will be the hardest to find, unless they get UConn's SNY team to do the game. 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on

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David Aldridge will be the sideline reporter for Thunder/ Mavericks. Israel Guttierez will be the sideline reporter for Heat/ Pacers. 

3 weeks, 4 days ago on

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Haas Pavilion doesn't host one more game before the semifinals. SMU hosts Cal in the quarterfinals at Moody Coliseum. 

3 weeks, 4 days ago on

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Eh, I expect Billick to turn up w/ Westwood One, Sports USA, or Compass Media. I suppose he could also end up at ESPN and call games for ESPN Radio, but they have so many analysts already that that one doesn't seem likely. 

3 weeks, 5 days ago on

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CBI Round 1-  Wyoming at Texas A&M at 8 PM will air on FCS Pacific live. 

1 month ago on

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@haraldo In football and men's basketball they can't. They have 1 to two games a week on ACC Network and one to two on ACC RSN (Fox Sports Net). All the others are already on ESPN Networks.The same applies for men's basketball, though you double those numbers above (2 to 4).


They did have a few women's basketball exclusives on CSS this year from the ACC. They'd have had to move to a game of the week format minimum to fill-in the missing SEC content on the women's basketball side. 


I'm sure it also has to do with declining viewership.

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The Atlantic Sun already streams their games. The only difference here is that some of the games that would have aired on CSS Friday nights will now move back over to A-SUN TV. Or perhaps they join ESPN3 to air the Friday Night package exclusive;y. ESPN3 was already simulcasting the CSS broadcasts.

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Canadiens/ Maple Leafs Saturday on NHL Network is a CBC Simulcast.

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