The Los Angeles Dodgers will have a new voice in the television booth during the 2016 season, which is also slated to be the 67th and final season for Hall of Famer Vin Scully.
On Wednesday, the team announced that 27-year-old Joe Davis will come on board to call 50 road television games on SportsNet LA, where he’ll be joined by Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra and Alanna Rizzo. Notable news, as it also leads us to ponder whether Davis will be the choice to take Scully’s seat full time beginning in 2017.
Chances are that’s exactly what the Dodgers have in mind. Bringing in Davis for the 2016 season will allow him to get his feet wet with the team. Perhaps more importantly, it will allow Dodgers fans to get familiar with his voice and create a relationship ahead of Davis replacing the irreplaceable.
“Joe Davis has put together an outstanding play-by-play resume,” said Dodgers executive vice president and chief marketing officer Lon Rosen. “We are thrilled to have one of the top young sports broadcast talents in the nation join our great television team.”
Davis’ resume really is quite impressive. He’s currently working for FOX Sports, where he has announced Pac-12 and Big 12 sports, as well as regional MLB games. He’s also worked for Comcast Sports Southeast, ESPN and ESPN Radio. During his time at ESPN, Davis became the youngest person to announce a bowl game, calling the 2013 Poinsettia Bowl at age 25.
He’s obviously on the fast track to stardom in broadcasting, but it’s amazing to think that as relatively young as he is, he’s still four years older than Scully was when he joined the Dodgers booth as a 23-year-old.
It’s also interesting to point out that Davis would be walking into a similar situation as Scully, who initially worked alongside another broadcasting legend Red Barber. Scully has admitted that Barber was a little a rough on him at times. He had limited opportunities to develop his skills with both Barber and Connie Desmond calling games, but in due time he still managed to develop the confidence needed to be successful.
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FOX Will Use Chris Fallica On Belmont Stakes Coverage
“While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.”
The Bear will be more than just a college football presence when he moves to FOX. Chris Fallica wrapped his final duties for ESPN last week and is now headed to a new network and will tackle some new responsibilities.
Fallica’s new role at FOX will involve plenty of sports gambling content. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports that content will include horse racing.
“One Fox Sports source said look for him to appear on the Belmont Stakes coverage,” Deitsch wrote in his weekly media column.
Starting in 2023, horse racing’s Triple Crown will not be seen all in one place. While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.
How the network intends to use Chris Fallica on the broadcast is not clear. Given that he is coming to the network to contribute to gambling conversations, it is likely he would either be making picks or at least reviewing odds right up to the start of the race.
NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake
“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”
The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.
“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”
Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.
Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.
Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”
Greg Olsen Believes He and Kevin Burkhardt Can Handle Games ‘On Any Stage’
“Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”
“If you’re asking me, I think Kevin and I have shown that we can handle a game on any stage – on any day. We just did it on Thanksgiving. We’ll do it again around Christmas. And obviously throughout the [NFL] Playoffs,” said Olsen. “So whatever decision they make. Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
“But as of now, I anticipate Kevin and I, the two of us, with Erin and Tom down on the sidelines, the four of us, broadcasting the Super Bowl in February in Arizona. Until I’m told otherwise, that’s how we’re proceeding.”
Olsen also told FOS he has negotiated a new contract with FOX Sports, but declined to share details. He is slated to be replaced on the top broadcast crew once Tom Brady ends his playing career. Brady will then begin a 10-year, $375 million contract to serve as the network’s top NFL game analyst and brand ambassador.