Whenever a fan watches or listens to their team’s broadcast, some might look for the play-by-play announcer to bring the same enthusiasm for the team that fans do. Well, Charlotte Hornets fans have that person with the voice of the team on Bally Sports Southeast, Eric Collins.
Collins was a guest this past week on The Lowe Post podcast with Zach Lowe. He mentioned that being that excited for a slam dunk or a buzzer-beater is something that is easy for him.
“I am a jumpy guy, I’m an excitable guy and I just decided at some point I love doing it, it makes me happy and I get a real enjoyment out of it and I get into the game. If I can get into the game this way, I sure hope it transcends to the TV screen and other people can get into it. To me, it’s a joyride and I want people to come along.”
When Collins first started calling professional games, he was the road announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2009-2013. Since Vin Scully was calling the home games, Eric Collins never got to call a walk-off win. When he started with the Hornets, he was hoping for buzzer-beaters. That did not happen for a while.
“After 5 years with the Dodgers, I come to the Hornets. I think there were 14 consecutive games decided by 1 possession and the Hornets lost. It was miserable because I was getting so excited. I had all this pent up energy and 14 consecutive times, they would spit the bit. When the tide finally turned, there was an eruption.”
Eric Collins told Lowe fans of opposing teams might not like his broadcasting style very much. That doesn’t mean he is willing to change.
“My broadcasting style is physical. Any sport that I do. In football, I can’t even sit down. Football has to be a standing situation. I stun the people I am around frequently because I kind of forget there’s actually human beings who are paying to sit courtside and are relatively close to me. Sometimes I will jump and I’ll raise a hand…Some people will look at me and kind of sneer. It doesn’t deter me.”
Stephen Watson Announced as New Host On Bally Sports Wisconsin
Bally Sports Wisconsin, the home of the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks, has announced a new host for their respective pre and postgame shows. Brewers Live and Bucks Live now have Stephen Watson as a host.
Bally Sports Wisconsin, the television home of the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks, has announced a new host of it’s pre and postgame offerings. Stephen Watson was announced as a new host for Brewers Live and Bucks Live.
Watson comes to Bally Sports Wisconsin from WISN-TV (Channel 12). There he had spent the last seven years as a sports anchor/reporter/host and covered all of Wisconsin’s major teams. In those seven years, Watson won three Emmy Awards.
“This is a dream opportunity to continue to cover two of the most successful franchises in sports right now while working alongside some of the most talented people in this industry,” Watson said. “Wisconsin sports fans are among the most passionate and dedicated in the country, and I look forward to matching their enthusiasm in my Brewers and Bucks coverage as a host and storyteller.”
Watson will share duties of hosting Brewers Live with Craig Coshun airing before and after each Brewers telecast. He will have similar responsibilities when hosting Bucks Live.
“We’re thrilled to add Stephen to our Bally Sports Wisconsin team. He is a proven content creator; his local knowledge and relationships will greatly benefit our telecasts,” said Tony Tortorici, executive producer, Bally Sports Wisconsin.
Watson is also a collegiate graduate of the area, graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 2011.
NBA Draft Ratings Rise 32% For ESPN and ABC
“The event peaked at 8:15pm ET when four and a half million viewers tuned in.”
The 2022 NBA Draft may have lacked the high profile prospect that prior drafts have had, but the intrigue surrounding the top three picks led to strong audience interest.
With all eyes on the Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Houston Rockets viewership for the draft rose 32% year over year for ESPN. The first round on ABC and ESPN averaged close to four million viewers (3,988,000).
Paolo Banchero wound up going #1 to the Magic, Chet Holmgren to #2 to the Thunder, and Jabari Smith Jr. #3 to the Rockets. The full two rounds of the draft averaged just over three million viewers (3,047,000). Round 2 aired exclusively on ESPN.
The first round on ESPN and ABC was the most-watched program for June 23rd across all of television in all key demos. The event peaked at 8:15pm ET when four and a half million viewers (4,500,000) tuned in.
Shannon Sharpe Apologizes to Richard Jefferson for Calling Him Lazy
FS1’s Shannon Sharpe took to social media to clear the air between him and ESPN’s Richard Jefferson over some comments Sharpe made about the former NBA champion.
Sharpe said Jefferson was lazy for only wanting to talk about basketball. Jefferson is an NBA analyst for ESPN and doesn’t normally appear on debate shows or provide analysis on other sports.
“There is not a person in this industry since I have retired that would ever refer to my work ethic as being lazy,” Jefferson said in a response video on his TikTok. “So as long as you live don’t ever do that again or this conversation is gonna be much different.”
Sharpe saw the video and apologized saying his assessment of Jefferson was lazy.
“I want to apologize, I come to you as a man, Rich, and apologize to you for my take on what you said,” he said.
Much like Jefferson did, Sharpe then went on to break down the differences between hosts on debate shows who have to watch and study various different sports and analysts like Jefferson who only specialize in analyzing one sport.
But ultimately Sharpe wanted to bury the hatchet and make it clear to the internet that there’s no problems between the two.
“Richard and I do not have a beef,” Sharpe said. “There is nothing going on, and this is my last time addressing this issue.”
Jefferson tweeted on Saturday accepting Shannon’s apology.