ESPN will not make any changes to its Saturday Night Football broadcasts on ABC. Chris Fowler is back as the play-by-play man and is teamed Kirk Herbstriet, who just won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Game Analyst, and sideline reporter Maria Taylor.
The network has four other broadcast teams that will remain unchanged.
- Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy and Tom Luginbill
- Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard and Allison Williams
- Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, and Rocky Boiman
- Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Todd McShay
Those groups will call games on either ESPN or ABC depending on the week’s schedule.
The biggest change for ESPN’s college football coverage will be the addition of Sean McDonough, who moves from ESPN’s NFL broadcasts on Monday Night Football to the play-by-play role on ESPN’s Saturday Night Primetime game. Other changes include Mark Jones and Adam Amin trading broadcast teams. Andre Ware will move from the SEC Network to ESPNU, where he will team with Kevin Brown.
Pairings for the 2018 SEC Network broadcasts will be announced during SEC Media Days this week. The full roster of ESPN commentating teams is below.
|ABC Saturday Night Football||Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor|
|ESPN Saturday Night Primetime||Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe|
|ESPN or ABC Saturday||Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay|
|ESPN or ABC Saturday||Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill|
|ESPN or ABC Saturday||Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams|
|ESPN or ABC Saturday||Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich|
|ESPN or ABC Saturday||Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath|
|ESPN or ABC Saturday||Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman|
|ESPN Thursday||Dave Flemming, TBD, Laura Rutledge|
|ESPN or ESPN2 Friday||Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Harlan|
|ESPN or ESPN2 Friday/Saturday||Clay Matvick, Dan Orlovsky, Paul Carcaterra|
|ESPN or ESPN2 Saturday||Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones|
|ESPNU Saturday||Kevin Brown, Andre Ware|
|ESPNU Saturday||Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia|
|ESPNU Saturday||Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison|
|ESPNU Saturday||Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey|
|ESPNU Thursday – HBCU||Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker|
|All Networks||Mark Neely, Ray Bentley|
|All Networks||Dave Lamont, John Congemi|
FanDuel TV Strikes Deal With ONE Championship Martial Arts
“We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”
FanDuel TV and ONE Championship Martial Arts have struck a deal that will see the MMA, Muay Thai, kickboxing, and submission grappling series air weekly events on the newly launched channel.
“We’re eager to continue expanding the variety of content we’re offering at FanDuel TV to introduce our audience to emerging sports,” said FanDuel Chief Commercial Officer Mike Raffensperger. “We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”
ONE Championship is a top-five global sports property for digital viewership and engagement according to Nielsen measurements.
“We are thrilled to join the FanDuel TV lineup and give our passionate U.S. audience yet another way to engage with ONE Championship,” said ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong. “Having a quality partner in FanDuel will help raise the profile of our company in the region and provide their viewers with action-packed martial arts events like they have never seen before.”
Bob Costas Re-Lives First Announcing Assignment For NBC
“My biography usually says I began with them in 1980, but technically the first time I was on the air with them was in December 1979.”
Legendary sports broadcaster Bob Costas appeared on KNBR’s Tolbert & Copes Thursday to discuss the death of Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry. But before the conversation turned to the recently departed pitcher, the show asked Costas about what he has announced that would surprise someone. He reminisced about his first time on the air for NBC.
“My very first assignment for NBC, my biography usually says I began with them in 1980, but technically the first time I was on the air with them was in December 1979,” Costas recounted. “There was a program on NBC then called Sports World. It was an anthology series that was their answer to the gold standard, ABC’s Wide World of Sports.
“So they traveled the globe, like Wide World of Sports did. So they sent me, wearing a red NBC jacket, to Tokyo to cover a sumo wrestling tournament with seven-time world power-lifting champion Larry Pacifico as my color man. Now, this is all the Japanese I learned as we came on the air: ‘Minasan kon’nichwa watashinoamaeha Bob Costas’, which means ‘Hello everyone, my name is Bob Costas’. If ever there was typecasting, when they sat and looked at their roster of announcers and went ‘Who should we send to the sumo wrestling? It’s gotta be Costas, who’s entire body weight would constitute one meal for the sumo wrestling champion.”
Costas departed NBC Sports in 2019 after 40 years with the network, announcing MLB, NBA, and the Olympics, in addition to his work with the network’s sumo wrestling coverage.
Matt Leinart, Alex Smith Make Wager Over Pac-12 Championship Game
“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous. I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.”
FOX Sports analyst Matt Leinart and ESPN analyst Alex Smith have made a friendly wager over the upcoming Pac-12 Championship Game.
USC, Leinart’s alma mater, is slated to play Utah, where Smith attended, in the game Friday evening on FOX from Las Vegas.
The two agreed to don the other player’s jersey. “At least it will be 11,” Smith said, noting he and Leinart both wore the number during their playing days.
“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous,” Leinart said when presented with the offer. “I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.” Smith jokingly responded by calling USC “Free Agent University”. He added he would overnight Leinart a jersey to ensure he had one if the Utes were victorious.
Garrett Searight is the Editor of Barrett Sports Media and Barrett News Media. He previously was the Program Director and Afternoon Co-Host on 93.1 The Fan in Lima, OH. He is also a play-by-play announcer for TV and Radio broadcasts in Western Ohio.