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|
Curt Menefee to Call Two Seahawks Preseason Games
FOX NFL studio host Curt Menefee will be on the TV play-by-play for the preseason opener on August 13 and the finale on August 26.
The 2022 NFL preseason is going to kick off in earnest later this week, and the Seattle Seahawks have revealed their broadcast crews for two of the team’s three preseason contests.
FOX NFL studio host Curt Menefee will be on the TV play-by-play for the preseason opener on August 13 and the finale on August 26. He’ll be joined in the booth by former Seahawk Michael Robinson. The games will air locally on KING 5, the city’s NBC affiliate.
Additionally for the TV broadcasts, Paul Silvi and Ray Roberts will host the pre and postgame shows, with former Seahawk Michael Bennett working as an analyst.
On the radio, Steve Raible and Dave Wyman will call all three games. Jen Mueller will be the sideline reporter. Michael Bumpus will be the studio host and will be joined by former players Jordan Babineaux, Paul Moyer, Roberts, Marcus Trufant and Robert Turbin.
Radio broadcasts air on Seattle Sports 710 AM and KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM and are distributed across Washington on the Seahawks Radio Network.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett News Media. He also works for ABC8 News and Newsradio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond, Virginia. His prior experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and iHeartradio Richmond. He can be reached by email at Jordan.E.Bondurant@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
After Losing Out On Big Ten Rights, ESPN Turns Focus to NCAA Championships
According to Front Office Sports, ESPN’s contract for 29 NCAA Championships ends in 2024.
After reportedly losing out on the Big Ten’s television rights, ESPN is reportedly turning to securing the NCAA Championship rights from hitting the open market.
According to Front Office Sports, ESPN’s contract for 29 NCAA Championships ends in 2024. Those 29 championships include everything from Women’s basketball to ice hockey, wrestling, softball, and baseball. The network pays a reported $34 million for the rights to broadcast those championship events.
However, according to a study commissioned by the NCAA reveals that the women’s basketball tournament could be worth anywhere from $81 million to $112 million per year by its lonesome. The NCAA is reportedly considering selling the women’s basketball tournament rights as a standalone product in the next negotiation.
Sources told Front Office Sports ESPN remains interested in striking deals with the Pac-12 and Big 12 media rights, as well as renewing a deal for the College Football Playoff.
The news comes after Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand reported ESPN declined a final offer from the Big Ten for a portion of the conference’s media rights. The reported deal was seven years and $380 million per year.
ESPN Announces The Return of Stephen A. Smith to First Take
ESPN announced Smith will be returning to First Take on Monday, August 15th.
First Take has been without it’s anchor since the day after the NBA Draft in June. That’s when the ESPN personality took some time off to undergo shoulder surgery and to rehabilitate. However, it appears the wait for his return is almost over.
ESPN announced with a tweet that Smith will be returning to First Take on Monday, August 15th. They also teased a guest appearance from Michael Irvin.
This comes a day after Smith tweeted that the countdown was on for his return and we are one week away from the event.