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Pac-12 Commissioner Defends Late Night TV Starts

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It may not be fair to characterize Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott’s job status as “embattled.” None of the conference’s member schools have publicly called for him to be replaced. He sure does seem to be having to constantly defend his conference’s media rights deals though, which includes dealing with outside scrutiny and unhappy fans.

On Saturday, Scott spoke to reporters ahead of Oregon State’s game against Arizona at Reeser Stadium. He answered questions about the late night kickoff times on the East Coast that Fox and particularly ESPN reserve for Pac-12 competition. Some conference members, most notably the University of Washington, have complained that late night start times for most of the country’s fans don’t give their team enough exposure and results in being excluded from the College Football Playoff and worthy players being left off of Heisman voters’ ballots.

Scott says he is sympathetic to those concerns, but calls the late night kick times a business decision. “The reason we play almost a third of our games at night is that was a way to unlock significant value from television in our last negations. ESPN and Fox placed a high value on us giving them a little more flexibility and being willing to play more night games.” It isn’t a satisfying answer for football fans, but given the well-documented struggles of the Pac-12 Network to gain clearance on cable and satellite systems across the country, it is understandable that the conference would make a decision that netted them more money.

The 10 PM Eastern kickoffs allow networks like ESPN and FS1 to sell ad inventory for 14 hour football days. The Pac-12 is the only Power 5 conference with teams in the Pacific time zone. Scott says that is where the value is. “Playing more night games than we did in the past unlocked the kind of value our schools were looking for.”

Pac-12 football is not completely excluded from daytime kickoffs, but so many networks have exclusive deals with other conferences. The afternoon slot on NBC is reserved for Notre Dame. It’s CBS for the SEC. Fox rotates between the Big 12 and the Big Ten. The only real slot for the Pac-12 would be as part of ABC’s national game, which would have to share space with a number of conferences, most notably the ACC. Assuming no Pac-12 team wants to kickoff at 9 AM (or 10 AM for Utah and Colorado), it means that the audience and television time isn’t really available for Pac-12 football until night time hours.

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Chris Fallica Leaving ESPN for FOX

Neither FOX or ESPN would comment on the situation, but in the Awful Announcing report it’s believed that there will be a send-off of some sort for Fallica on Saturday.

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A prominent sports betting voice featured on ESPN’s College GameDay will be heading to rival FOX and their Big Noon Kickoff show starting in 2023. According to Awful Announcing, Chris Fallica, affectionately known as “The Bear”, will make his last appearance on GameDay will be this weekend.

Fallica has been with ESPN since 1995. Since 2013, Fallica had been featured on GameDay making betting picks with his patented “Bear’s Board”.

Neither FOX or ESPN would comment on the situation, but in the Awful Announcing report it’s believed that there will be a send-off of some sort for Fallica on Saturday.

Fallica joins Tom Rinaldi as the second former GameDay voice to jump over to FOX and be featured on Big Noon Kickoff.

Both shows have experienced incredible viewership growth this season. For GameDay, there have been several weeks this season that have seen some of the largest audiences in the show’s history.

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Tim Brando Believes Executives Look For Familiarity, Not Great Voices For Announcers

“Executives are going more for people they think they audience knows from having been in the studio. As opposed to man that’s a great voice, that guy really gets it, and his judgement is fantastic.”

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Tim Brando has seen the broadcasting industry has evolved in a lot of ways through the years, but one thing that’s remained constant is how infrequently some of the announcing gigs with major networks open up to younger voices.

That’s mainly because you have veteran talent already occupying those positions with no plans for the immediate future to step aside.

On a recent edition of The Sports Talkers Podcast, FOX Sports broadcaster and host Tim Brando spoke to Stephen Strom about the reality that many broadcasters face.

“Yeah there are a lot more jobs, but there are fewer great jobs,” Brando said. “A lot of guys are getting jobs, but it’s like a dead end.”

But in terms of hiring younger talent for network jobs, he thinks it’s become more about adding faces to broadcast booths rather than voices.

“There’s a tendency I think now in our business to hire more visible and perhaps more popular talent because they’ve been in the studio,” he said. “But they’re not ready to be in the booth. Not everybody can do both well.”

Tim added that there’s a nuance to calling play-by-play versus working studio coverage. Brando said that perhaps it has a lot more to do with young broadcasters bypassing getting their start in radio and going right into TV.

“It seems to me that in some circles anyway in our business, executives are going more for people they think they audience knows from having been in the studio,” he said. “As opposed to man that’s a great voice, that guy really gets it, and his judgement is fantastic.”

Brando did mention some of the younger voices at FOX who have risen to the bigger opportunities in the booth, and how they ultimately worked their way up. He said he’s had the chance to offer advice to a few of them and act as a mentor in a way, because that’s how it was for him breaking into the industry.

“I believe in pouring into the young broadcasters out there, I really do,” he said. “Because Curt Gowdy poured into me. I think there’s a responsibility and a level of accountability for the generation before to help those that are coming up that you really respect.”

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MLB Network Airing 38 Hours of Winter Meetings Coverage

Coverage will begin on Sunday at 7 p.m. with MLB Tonight leading into the announcement of the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee’s election results for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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The annual winter meetings for MLB are set to take place in-person for the first time since 2019 next week, and MLB Network is ready to bring viewers all the coverage possible from San Diego.

The network is devoting 38 hours of live programming on-site, with shows like MLB Tonight, Hot Stove, High Heat, MLB Now and Intentional Talk emanating from the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Coverage will begin on Sunday at 7 p.m. with MLB Tonight leading into the announcement of the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee’s election results for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Fans tuning in to MLB Network can expect to see Greg Amsinger, Fran Charles, Brian Kenny, Stephen Nelson, Alanna Rizzo, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Lauren Shehadi and Matt Vasgersian hosting their respective shows throughout the week. Sean Casey, Mark DeRosa, Al Leiter, Cameron Maybin, Kevin Millar, Dan O’Dowd, Steve Phillips and Harold Reynolds will contribute coverage as analysts.

MLB Network will also carry coverage of the inaugural draft lottery from the winter meetings on Tuesday, December 6 at 8:30 p.m.

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