2019 marks the tenth anniversary of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. Since its inception, the film library has grown to more than 90 films. The brand has also spawned a series of short films, the seven and a half hour long Oscar winner OJ: Made in America, and a podcast series.
During Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game, ESPN unveiled what was on the horizon for the 30 for 30 brand in 2019. No details were provided, but an ad shown during the game teased stories about Dennis Rodman, Michael Vick, Florence Griffith Joyner, Lance Armstrong, Janet Guthrie, and the Tito Ortiz-Chuck Lidell rivalry that defined the UFC’s rise in the early part of this decade.
2019 begins for the 30 for 30 brand later this month. The first film of the year will be Deion’s Double Play, which focuses on the day Deion Sanders played in both an NFL regular season game and a Major League Baseball playoff game in two different cities, separated by more than 1000 miles, in a 24 hour span. It debuts on January 31.
Greg Olsen Wins Universal Praise From Sports Media Colleagues
“Greg Olsen has plenty of fans amongst his sports media colleagues and they were vocal on social media on Sunday.”
Usually, if a game analyst ends up trending on Twitter, it is because people are picking his work apart. Fans of Greg Olsen may have had their hearts skip a beat on Sunday when they saw his name, but clicking on the trending topic showed that the former tight end was drawing near universal praise for his work alongside Kevin Burkhardt in San Francisco.
Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated led the praise by echoing an observation plenty have made during the season.
Breer was not alone though. Greg Olsen has plenty of fans amongst his sports media colleagues and they were vocal on social media on Sunday.
FOX signed Tom Brady to a $375 million contract before the 2022 season kicked off. The plan is for him to join Kevin Burkhardt in the network’s top NFL booth when he retires. What that mans for Greg Olsen remains unclear.
No matter what his future holds, Olsen will get the chance to call a Super Bowl. He and Burkhardt will call Super Bowl LVII next month. FOX has said that Tom Brady is not part of its coverage plans for the game.
5 Former Red Sox To Serve As Analysts On NESN in 2023
“The network will have former Red Sox players Kevin Millar, Kevin Youkilis, Will Middlebrooks and Tim Wakefield split time in the broadcast booth along with Lou Merloni.”
NESN will be going with a rotating group of color commentators for Boston Red Sox games this season.
The network will have former Red Sox players Kevin Millar, Kevin Youkilis, Will Middlebrooks and Tim Wakefield split time in the broadcast booth along with Lou Merloni. Merloni will call the bulk of the Red Sox schedule, but not always on TV. He will split his time between the NESN and WEEI broadcasts.
Dave O’Brien will handle the majority of the play-by-play duties, but Mike Monaco will also call a select numberof games.
“We are continuously evolving our broadcast to bring viewers the best possible experience,” NESN president and CEO Sean McGrail said in a statement. “We’re excited about our booth lineup this year and look forward to an exciting season.”
The change comes after longtime color analyst Dennis Eckersley retired at the end of last season.
Jahmai Webster will be reporting from the field this year.
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Matt Ryan Joining CBS Sports As Guest Analyst This Weekend
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan is joining CBS Sports this weekend as a guest analyst.
Ryan will appear on That Other Pregame Show on CBS Sports Network at its regularly scheduled time of 9:00 AM ET before joining The NFL Today at 2:00 PM ET on CBS. The NFL Today — which usually airs from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM ET — begins at 2:00 PM ET before the network’s coverage of the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills at 3:00.
He will bring a fresh perspective to the CBS shows, after defeating two of the four remaining teams in the AFC.
The on-air opportunity could be viewed as a tryout of sorts for the 37-year-old quarterback. Ryan struggled in his first season with Indianapolis, playing in 12 of the team’s 17 games after being benched at the behest of owner Jim Irsay. Ryan was later reinserted to the starting lineup after the franchise fired head coach Frank Reich and replaced him with ESPN NFL analyst Jeff Saturday, before he was ultimately removed once more.
It is not the first broadcasting role Ryan has held. In 2020 — while still a member of the Atlanta Falcons — he hosted a 12-hour radiothon on 680 The Fan for Advance The Lives, a charity focused on combatting systemic barriers Black youth face in the greater Atlanta area.