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Bob Costas, Joe Buck Not Interested In Being Cardinals TV Voice

Whoever they hire should be a very good baseball broadcaster who can give them 20, 30 years.”

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The St. Louis Cardinals will have a new voice calling play-by-play on TV beginning in 2023. Greats like Bob Costas or Joe Buck won’t be among the pool of candidates.

Bally Sports Midwest, the team’s regional sports network, mutually parted ways with broadcaster Dan McLaughlin recently after McLaughlin was arrested and charged with his third DUI.

McLaughlin had called Cards games on television for 24 seasons, so the opening is the first in quite a while. But those pining for guys like Costas and Buck to consider taking the role will have to look elsewhere.

“It’s not the right time in my life,” Buck said according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Buck is concluding his first season as the voice of Monday Night Football on ESPN. Buck had apparently already been approached about doing select Cardinals games, but he said he knew this opportunity requires and all or nothing approach.

“I don’t think it’s fair to do just a few games, you have to be committed to this,” he said.

Buck’s father Jack called Cardinals games for 47 years, so when news of the vacancy spread, the minds of many went right to Joe considering the familial ties.

Costas added that at one point in time the Cardinals play-by-play job was one he’d love to have, but now at 70 years old he just can’t do it.

“If there ever was a local team whose games I would have done, it’s the Cardinals,” he said. “But that time long since has passed. It’s not going to happen.”

“Whoever they hire should be a very good baseball broadcaster who can give them 20, 30 years,” Costas added.

Plenty of names have been floated around as potential candidates, but one thing for sure is that the team and Bally are going to fill the spot with someone who will be in it for the long haul and someone who can deliver the quality broadcasts Cardinals fans have come to expect.

“We’re in the early stages,” Bally Sports Midwest general manager and senior vice president Jack Donovan told the Post-Dispatch. “This role is important to Cardinals fans, so we’ll be open-minded and thorough with the goal of having a play-by-play announcer in place before spring training. We’re working closely with the Cardinals to identify great candidates and find the best fit.”

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Peter King: Sean McVay Wants to be a Star, ‘Not Just Some Guy on TV’

“I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

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L.A. Rams head coach Sean McVay will remain at his post for the 2023-24 season. The team tweeted that news Friday afternoon, seeming to, at least for now, put the rumors of McVay leaving coaching for a TV job to rest.

ProFootballTalk’s Peter King wrote in Football Morning in America on Monday that McVay understands the kind of position on television he’s looking for may not necessarily be there for him.

“I don’t think that was the only thing about TV that appealed to him, but I don’t think McVay was interested in being Just a Guy on TV,” King wrote. “I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

King noted that McVay has been told to “Do what makes you happy” by folks with the Rams. He also said he believes coaching is what Makes McVay happy. Especially with a chance to shake up his coaching staff and being involved in trying to bring the team back from a 5-12 season in their follow-up campaign to winning the Super Bowl.

“He wants to be challenged, and this staff wasn’t doing it,” King said. “Offensive coordinator Liam Coen may not have been what McVay wanted in an OC—a coach who would challenge him and bring new ideas to him—and that could be why he’s going back to the University of Kentucky as a coordinator.”

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Lisa Salters Makes Monday Night Football History Completing 11th Season on Sideline

“Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.”

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Monday night’s Cowboys/Bucs wild card playoff game set a new milestone for ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters.

The network tweeted that Salters completed her 11th season in that role. That makes her the longest tenured reporter in Monday Night Football history.

Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.

“When I first got the call to do Monday Night Football, I would have never thought that 10 years later I would still be doing it,” Salters said last year in a video reminiscing on ten years on Monday Night Football. “I was at home and I got a phone call from my boss Vince Doria and he said, ‘Hey, I was wondering if you would be interested in being a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football‘, and I couldn’t believe what he just asked me.”

Salters is also featured on network coverage of the NBA, something she’s been doing since 2005.

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No Conspiracy Behind ESPN Monday Night Playoff Game Selection

“The decision to continue with 4/5 games in the Monday night window came down to convenience.”

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ESPN has only carried NFL playoff games on Monday night for two seasons but has been a part of wild card weekends dating back to the 2014-15 campaign.

With the exception of one season, a 4-seed versus 5-seed matchup has always been covered by the Monday Night Football broadcast team in that stretch of nine seasons. That continued with Cowboys/Bucs this year.

In 2021-22, with the NFL expanding the playoff field to seven teams, the first Monday night playoff game was played. The Rams cruised past the Cardinals 34-11.

Last week, the decision was the source of much speculation. TV executives shared a number of theories about why ESPN landed the game that had the most star power in the Super Wild Card round of the playoffs.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post wrote that no speculation was necessary. The decision to continue with 4/5 games in the Monday night window came down to convenience. The new format, the games that have a likelihood of altering seeding for the divisional rounds have already been played.

The 4/5 games this weekend proved to be pretty entertaining. The Jaguars rallied from down 27 to beat the Chargers. Al Michaels and Tony Dungy were ripped on social media for how they called a particularly exhilarating game for NBC. So it turns out Joe Buck and Troy Aikman would’ve called either one of the weekend’s best games.

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