Tonight, the 91st MLB All-Star Game will take place at Coors Field in Colorado. Joe Buck and John Smoltz will be on the call for the event that hasn’t been played since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be fans in the stands and it will feel like somewhat of a normal atmosphere.
While Buck was playing in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe last week, he took the time to join the Green Light with Chris Long podcast. The two went over what happened in Seattle last week when Yankees radio announcer John Sterling did his home run call that was actually replay of a previous home run due to having to call the game remotely from Yankee Stadium.
Buck sympathized with the decision. He noted that announcing games remotely has been challenging.
“I’ve done games remotely now and while there are benefits of getting in your car and going home from a studio and not dealing with traffic after a game, you don’t want to be that myopic with your view,” Buck told Long. “I want to see everything. I’ve done games remotely where there’s a ball on the field, where did that come from? If the camera is not showing it, you are just guessing.”
Not everyone can tell when Buck, Smoltz, or any other broadcaster is working from a remote studio. Joe Buck says he has been calling games long enough to pick up on some major audio differences when a broadcast team is in the booth versus when they are not.
“We have audio mics all over the stadium…There’s also a lot of natural crowd noise that comes out of the mic that is right in front of my face. A lot of times you can hear when an analyst or play-by-play guy hits the kill switch on the mic. Part of the audio goes out. I can almost hear someone sound like they were removed from actually being immersed in the stadium. I didn’t love it.
“I couldn’t really tell with the level of play-by-play or analysis if they weren’t there or not, but it just was a sound thing. You just have to be really careful and you have to take your time and you can’t jump the gun.”
With fans now back in the stands, Buck makes it a point to use the crowd noise in his broadcasts as much as he can. Some people may think he doesn’t care, but as he told Long, it is exactly the opposite:
“I ride the crowd noise as much as I can. I don’t feel like there’s anything more important that needs to come out of my mouth right now than listening to a great crowd. A lot of the times people say he’s too nonchalant, he doesn’t care. It’s actually the opposite. I would rather you hear the crowd and make you on the couch feel like you are there than just me dominate and talk wall-to-wall. I don’t feel the need to say anything other than put a stamp on what just happened and then shut up and let the crowd go crazy.”
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NBC Officially Unveils Noah Eagle, Todd Blackledge as New Big Ten Booth
“With their collective college football experience and great enthusiasm for the game, Todd, Noah and Kathryn join a production team that can’t wait to kick off the Big Ten season.”
NBC made the announcement Thursday, after weeks of speculation about the moves.
“We are excited to showcase Big Ten Saturday Night on the NBC Sports’ primetime marquee,” said NBC Sports Executive Producer Sam Flood. “When you hear Todd’s voice, you know it’s a big college football game. It has been that way for decades.
“Noah is one of the industry’s rising young play-by-play commentators, who has excelled calling numerous sports across multiple platforms for a wide range of audiences. We are thrilled to pair him in the booth with Todd.
“Kathryn has told the stories of so many memorable Notre Dame Football moments over the last decade in her on-field reporting and interviews,” Flood continued. “With their collective college football experience and great enthusiasm for the game, Todd, Noah and Kathryn join a production team that can’t wait to kick off the Big Ten season.”
Blackledge joins NBC after working as a college football analyst for the network for the past 17 seasons. Previously, he was the an analyst for CBS and ABC, making 2023 his 30th consecutive season covering college football as an analyst.
Eagle is the son of broadcasting legend Ian Eagle, and currently serves as the radio voice of the Los Angeles Clippers. He comes to NBC after calling college football games for FOX Sports in 2022.
Tappen has spent the past nine seasons working NBC’s college football coverage with Notre Dame. Eight of those nine seasons were spent as the network’s sideline reporter before anchoring the studio coverage from South Bend in 2022.
2023 will mark the beginning of a seven-year contract for NBC to air Big Ten football games in primetime. The move is one of the biggest notable expansions in the college football arena for the network since its partnership with Notre Dame began in 1991.
CBS Tried ‘Intervention’ With Tony Romo
“They knew, they anticipated this. That’s a credit to them, the people in charge there. But it has not gotten better.”
After his performance during the 2022 season, many have questioned why CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has seemed off his game after seeing high praise during the early stages of his broadcasting career.
A recent nugget from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post claims CBS executives attempted an “intervention” with Romo before the season.
“Tony Romo needs to study more,” Marchand said during The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast. “He needs to be better prepared. As you move away from the sidelines, you need to do more work. I know CBS is aware of this. They tried an intervention last offseason. They knew, they anticipated this. That’s a credit to them, the people in charge there. But it has not gotten better.”
Marchand also argued that it appears as if Romo’s partner — Jim Nantz — is content to let the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback struggle.
“This was the narrative out of CBS when Romo was getting all of the publicity: you heard from Nantz’ side and people from CBS that Nantz was the one creating Romo,” quipped Marchand. “The issue now is, why isn’t Nantz helping Romo get to this next level?”
Romo — who signed a 10-year, $180 million contract with CBS in 2020 — addressed his critics in an interview with Jenna Lemoncelli of The New York Post, saying he’s simply trying new things.
“I mean, some changes are good, some you’re like, ‘Ah, I shouldn’t do that’. But I always trial and error a bunch and sometimes it works.”
The 42-year-old Romo appeared to push back on the insinuation that he doesn’t prepare for broadcasts like he used to during the interview.
“You’re going to fail all the time, but at the same time, you succeed because of that, as long as you think about it and try to understand how to improve and then go about the process to make that happen, which is work ethic and commitment. But you got to have a plan for it before.”
Jason Benetti: Negotiations With Chicago White Sox ‘Kind of A Pain’
“I just thought it would be easier. But just because it wasn’t easier doesn’t mean it didn’t get done.”
Jason Benetti and Steve Stone recently saw their contracts renewed by NBC Sports Chicago to team once more as the television voices of the Chicago White Sox. Benetti says the talks about a renewal weren’t without their hiccups.
In a profile with Chicago Sun-Times writer Jeff Agrest, Benetti said the talks about the situation weren’t exactly what he envisioned.
“The really good news is we got somewhere good,” Benetti said. “It was kind of a pain, really. There were some things that we had to get through that I thought were silly, and I’m sure they thought some of the stuff that I was talking about might’ve been silly. But we got there in the end.”
Agrest reported the Atlanta Braves were watching the situation with bated breath. Their television play-by-play announcer, Chip Caray, recently departed for the same position with the St. Louis Cardinals.
One of the sticking points in the negotiations between the White Sox and Benetti was how many regular season contests he would miss due to his work with FOX Sports. Benetti is announcing MLB and college football games for the network in 2023 and did his first NFL work for FOX Sports this season. Benetti admitted that were points of frustration along the way.
“I think the work has been strong and I appreciate the heck out of the fans and I have loved the Sox for all my life. I just thought it would be easier. But just because it wasn’t easier doesn’t mean it didn’t get done. Where I have put myself, totally honestly, the place I am is we got it done, and that means something. It means both sides wanted it to happen.”
Chicago White Sox Senior Vice President of Revenue and Marketing Brooks Boyer told Agrest he didn’t see any complications in the negotiations.