For the last decade, Mike Pereira has served as the top NFL rules analyst on FOX Sports. He’s great at it, to such an extent that other networks felt obligated to follow suit and hire rules analysts of their own.
But part of the reason Pereira has been successful as the FOX rules analyst is because he spent 14 years as an NFL official prior to taking up a career in broadcasting. It’s probably fair to say Pereira wouldn’t be a great NFL rules expert had he never officiated in the league, making it odd that FOX once attempted to add Pereira’s analysis to their MLB coverage.
Joining midday hosts Greg Papa and John Lund on KNBR in the Bay Area, Pereira said that a few years into his tenure with FOX, they had the idea of using him as rules analyst for their MLB broadcast, but it was nixed by Joe Torre. The plan was to send Pereira to school, let him train as an umpire and come back as the rules expert for both the MLB and NFL coverage on FOX.
But that alludes to the idea that FOX believes Pereira’s a talented NFL rules analyst based on his general judgement ability, and not his football expertise. If that’s the case, why stop at baseball? Why not make Pereira a FOX analyst on The Masked Singer or Hell’s Kitchen?
Ultimately, Pereira believed Torre’s decision to nix the idea of using him as baseball’s rules analyst was a good one. “He was right,” Pereira said on KNBR. “If I was a baseball umpire and here’s a football official that said I disagree with this call, I wouldn’t have had the credibility whatsoever with the umpires.”
As the MLB chief baseball officer, Torre was probably more against Pereira filling the role for FOX than he was with the specific idea of having a rules expert on the broadcast. Surely there are retired umpires who would be interested in the job. But according to Pereira, FOX had trouble finding an ump willing to forgo their league benefits.
“We did interview some umpires, retired umpires to see if they were interested or if they’d be any good,” Pereira said. “And we found a couple that seemed to be pretty good but to be truthful they have a great disability program with MLB and they were told that they would lose their disability if they were paid by Fox to be a rules expert. So we never found one.”
Personally, I’m not sure how necessary a baseball rules expert is. NFL rules are very complex whereas the baseball rulebook is much less convoluted. In baseball, replay is mostly used to look at a “bang bang play” such as a close call at first base. But most of those are judgement or timing calls that can be better determined with replay, rarely does an MLB broadcast booth need clarification or explanation from a deemed rules expert.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”