Connect with us
BSM Summit
blank

Sports TV News

Todd Blackledge Leaving ESPN, Paired with Noah Eagle For Big Ten on NBC Booth

Blackledge will work as the color commentator for ESPN Radio’s coverage of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game as his final assignment for the network on Monday.

blank

Published

on

blank

According to a report from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, NBC has added Todd Blackledge to pair with Noah Eagle for its upcoming Big Ten on NBC broadcast booth.

Blackledge has worked as a college football game analyst for ESPN since 2006, ascending to become the company’s defacto number two game analyst behind Kirk Herbstreit. Before working for ESPN, Blackledge served as the lead analyst for CBS Sports’ coverage of college football. The former Penn State and NFL quarterback will work as the color commentator for ESPN Radio’s coverage of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game as his final assignment for the network on Monday.

Eagle is the 26-year-old son of broadcasting legend Ian Eagle. He currently serves as the radio play-by-play announcer of the Los Angeles Clippers. He also has worked as the announcer for NFL games airing on Nickelodeon, and worked as a play-by-play announcer for college football games airing on FOX Sports and FS1.

The Big Ten on NBC will air in primetime, with the network opting to broaden its college football horizons outside of its traditional offerings of strictly Notre Dame broadcasts. 2023 will begin the first of a seven-year deal for the Big Ten that sees its television rights move away from ESPN for the first time in the network’s history.

It has been previously reported that Maria Taylor would lead NBC’s college football studio coverage of its new property.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sports TV News

Kathryn Tappen Joining NBC’s Big Ten Coverage

Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by Melissa Stark.

blank

Published

on

blank

NBC has tabbed Kathryn Tappen as its sideline reporter for the network’s upcoming coverage of Big Ten football, according to a report from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post.

According to Marchand, Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.

Tappen has hosted Notre Dame football’s studio coverage and Peacock Sunday Night Football Final. She also worked as NBC’s lead interviewer for its coverage of the PGA Tour, but left that broadcast team at the end of 2022 as part of the network’s larger shakeup of its golf coverage.

The appointment of Kathryn Tappen conceivably concludes the Big Ten on NBC broadcast crew. Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge are expected to pair as the network’s play-by-play announcer and color analyst, respectively. NBC has yet to officially unveil its coverage plans for the 2023 college football season.

Continue Reading

Sports TV News

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.”

Jordan Bondurant

Published

on

blank

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.”

Continue Reading

Sports TV News

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.”

Jordan Bondurant

Published

on

blank

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.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

blank

Barrett Media Writers

Copyright © 2023 Barrett Media.