Comcast SportsNet announced today that former Philadelphia 76er and NBA veteran Alaa Abdelnaby is the newest member of the Sixers broadcast team partnering with Marc Zumoff and Molly French (formerly Molly Sullivan) for the 2015-16 season. This trio will make their debut tonight at 7 p.m. when the Sixers take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in a preseason matchup on The Comcast Network.
Abdelnaby played five seasons in the NBA, including a stint with the Sixers in 1995. His broadcasting resume includes working as a color commentator for Westwood One Radio. He also serves as a color commentator and studio analyst with CBS Sports Network. Abdelnaby has called a number of NCAA Tournament games including the 2015 Final Four featuring 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor as a member of the Duke Blue Devils. Alaa is a 1990 graduate of Duke University.
“The opportunity to join the Comcast SportsNet and 76ers family and work alongside Marc and Molly is tremendously exciting,” said Abdelnaby. “The 76ers are building something special and I look forward to sharing their story with our viewers.”
“Alaa is a seasoned broadcaster who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our telecast. He will be a great partner for Marc and Molly, and we are thrilled about the opportunity to work with him” said Comcast SportsNet President Brian Monihan. “With this young Sixers team, Alaa’s tremendous passion for the game of basketball, his insights, and feel for the players will prove a valuable asset to our telecasts, and our viewers.”
“We are proud to welcome back Alaa to Philadelphia and have no doubt that the experience he brings from his time at Duke, his NBA career and broadcast work at a national level will be embraced by our city and fans,” said Sixers Chief Executive Officer Scott O’Neil. “Along with Marc Zumoff and Molly French, we are very excited about our broadcast team – routinely considered one of the best in the NBA – and look forward to their debut season.”
In addition to the game on October 8, Zumoff, Abdelnaby and French will call one additional preseason game on Friday, October 16 at 7 p.m. when the Sixers play the Washington Wizards on Comcast SportsNet.
During the regular season, Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network will broadcast all 82 Sixers regular season games, with 71 airing on Comcast SportsNet and the remaining 11 on The Comcast Network.
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Cris Collinsworth Wonders If Tom Brady Knows Broadcasting Is a Hard Job
“It’s a seven day a week job. For somebody that has reached where he’s reached in the NFL and made that kind of money, I’m honestly really surprised.”
Many in the sports media industry were surprised by the news that Tom Brady will join FOX Sports as the lead NFL analyst when he eventually decides to end his playing career. That includes the current lead analyst of NBC’s Sunday Night Football telecasts, Cris Collinsworth.
“I’m a little surprised,” he said on the latest episode of The Cris Collinsworth Podcast. “There’s no amount of money they could throw at him that would have influenced him. He’s going to still be working weekends for half the year no matter what it is.”
Collinsworth mentioned that he hears from most people and they ask him what the TV life is like when they are thinking about getting into the industry. Tom Brady was not one of those people. He hopes the GOAT knows what he is in for.
“It’s hard. I’m working on the airplane when I’m flying home from the other game. I’m working on the next game. It’s a seven day a week job. For somebody that has reached where he’s reached in the NFL and made that kind of money, I’m honestly really surprised. I guess the money now has gotten to the point where it’s of interest to everybody.”
While some might be unsure about how Brady will do in the FOX NFL booth with Kevin Burkhardt, count Collinsworth in as one of those people who think Brady will do a great job.
“I think he’ll be fantastic. Every conversation I have ever had with him about the game of football, you always go oh, I didn’t know. He’s always been pretty open and honest with us. He has a real personal side to the game…He’s got it all, but I’ve got to say I am surprised.”
Sunday Night Baseball Viewership Up On ESPN
“Telecasts are averaging 1.73 million viewers.”
The first month of the 2022 MLB regular season has concluded and ESPN is celebrating an uptick in viewership for Sunday Night Baseball.
The network announced on Tuesday that viewership for Sunday Night Baseball is up 4% compared to this time last year. In addition to that, compared to the 2020 full season average, ratings are up 40%.
Telecasts are averaging 1.73 million viewers. The Dodgers/Cubs game on May 8 averaged 1.781 million and peaked at over 2.1 million viewers during the 8-8:15 p.m. window.
Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez and David Cone comprise the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast booth, with Buster Olney contributing reports.
Nickelodeon Gets Christmas Day NFL Game
“This will be the network’s first regular season game.”
The NFL’s Christmas triple header will include a little slime this year. The afternoon game between the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos will be simulcast on CBS and Nickelodeon.
Nickelodeon has ramped up its NFL presence each year since 2020. The network has aired a kid-friendly broadcast of a Wild Card Round playoff game each of the last two seasons. Last year’s tile between the 49ers and Cowboys drew an audience of 41 million.
Before the start of last season, the studio show NFL Slimetime debuted. This will be the network’s first regular season game.
Kickoff is set for 4:30 pm Eastern on Christmas Day. No details of what Nickelodeon’s coverage may include are available yet. Nate Burleson, Noah Eagle and Nickelodeon star Gabrielle Nevaeh Green have been on the call of the network’s previous NFL broadcasts.