The staff of Awful Announcing named their favorite television broadcast booths for NFL play-by-play. The only team to get more than one vote was Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon on CBS.
Jay Rigdon gave his vote to Harlan and Gannon mostly because of Harlan, writing “he’s dynamic in the best ways for big moments while dialing it back for more quiet periods, and he always feels like he’s complementing the game.” Phillip Rupp says Harlan and Gannon earned his vote for their teamwork. “Gannon is great at picking his moment to step in and complement Harlan’s play-by-play. They seem to work well together and they don’t really do anything that would make me not like them, so they’re my pick.”
The CBS team of Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts got Matt Clapp’s vote. “It wouldn’t matter who the color commentator is (of the current ones; not Phil Simms), I’m going with the Ian Eagle team. He simply makes any game more entertaining to me and brings that March Madness flavor to the NFL.”
Ben Koo says the addition of Tony Romo to CBS’s A-team has made that his favorite play-by-play booth in the NFL. “I’m partial to how much more knowledgeable and insightful he is compared to other color guys, but I generally just like his goofy energy. He seems totally unconcerned with the normal pitfalls of the job and just kind of blabs, most of which either lands as insightful or funny.”
The final vote was from Joe Lucia. His vote goes to the Fox team of Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis. He says viewers may have been understandably skeptical of how a baseball play-by-play guy like Burkhardt would do on an NFL broadcast, but “he’s taken to calling the NFL like a fish to water.” Lucia also compliments Davis’s ability to cover and learn as much about the NFL as he has about college football.
Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys
The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.
Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.
But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.
Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.
Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:
Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.
Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”
Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.
The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.
Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.
“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”
Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”
He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.
Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.
NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer
“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”
According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.
Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.
The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.
The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options.
A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.