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ESPN Announces New Year’s 6 Bowl Game Broadcast Teams

ESPN has released the television and radio broadcasting teams for the New Year’s Six Bowl games and the two College Football Playoff semifinal matchups.

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Viewers are ready for New Year’s Six Bowl mania and the College Football Playoff.

ESPN has released the television and radio broadcasting teams for the New Year’s Six Bowl games and the two College Football Playoff semifinal matchups.

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic – No. 7 Florida vs No. 6 Oklahoma. Kickoff is set for Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. ET.

Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, and Holly Rowe will leadoff calling Cotton Bowl action for ESPN. The ESPN Radio broadcast will include Brad Sham, Dusty Dvoracek, and Ian Fitzsimmons.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will bring in the New Year. No. 9 Georgia takes on undefeated No. 8 Cincinnati at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. You’ll see Mark Jones, Dvoracek and Kris Budden on TV. Dave O’Brien and Mike Golic Jr. will be on the ESPN radio call at Noon ET.

The first College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One will be live from Arlington, Texas. This is the first time since World War II that the Rose Bowl won’t be played in Pasadena, California.

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Notre Dame. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge Todd McShay, and Allison Williams will be on TV duties. Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, and Holly Rowe is your radio team.

The College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl features two-heavyweights – No. 2 Clemson vs No. 3 Ohio State at 8 PM ET. Inside of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, “ESPN’s lead Saturday Night Football crew of Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, and Maria Taylor will be joined by Tom Rinaldi in New Orleans on ESPN, and Sean Kelley and Barrett Jones will team up for the ESPN Radio broadcast,” Amanda Brooks reported.

On Saturday, Jan. 2, the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and Captial One Orange Bowl round out the packed New Years Six slate.

Fiesta Bowl – No. 25 Oregon and No. 10 Iowa State’s telecast broadcasters: Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr. and Quint Kessenich. ESPN Radio: Marc Kestecher and Ben Hartsock will call remotely from Glendale, Arizona.

Capital One Orange Bowl (Hard Rock Stadium) – No. 5 Texas A&M vs No. 13 North Carolina.

Television announcing team: Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, and Katie George. Radio announcing team: Double duty for Sean Kelley and Barrett Jones.

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Peter Burns Apologizes To Ben Watson After On-Air Joke About Wife

In a tweet, Burns said “the truth is that I crossed the line”, noting that Watson “couldn’t have handled it better with his humor and class”.

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SEC Network host Peter Burns has publicly apologized to analyst Ben Watson and his wife Kirsten for an off-color joke he made during halftime of Saturday’s Florida/Vanderbilt game on the network.

While joking about Watson’s suit being lighter in color than everyone else’s on set, Watson said he didn’t care what the other hosts thought about his suit, just as long as his wife thought he looked nice, and asked her to “send the text” letting him know he looked good. Burns quipped “that’s not the text she sent me” before going to commercials. When the show returned, Burns and Watson were not on set, and the former NFL tight end insinuated the pair had a strong disagreement during the break.

Later that evening, Burns tweeted a picture of the pair with the caption #Friendship, which Watson retweeted saying Burns needed to publicly apologize. He did that Monday evening.

In a tweet, Burns said “the truth is that I crossed the line”, noting that Watson “couldn’t have handled it better with his humor and class”.

An ESPN representative had previously told OutKick the entire situation was a joke, calling it a “performance bit”, adding Watson “100% deserves an Emmy nomination”.

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Rece Davis: College GameDay Needed Someone Like Pete Thamel for Years

“It’s like because of this podcast and that, people have started to think of us as two guys who might someday star in a buddy movie.”

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ESPN’s College GameDay has a formula to it that has made the show work for so long. It’s not scripted at all, but it’s organized in a way that gives the show structure.

And sometimes time constraints force producers and the hosts to have to make adjustments on the fly, like eliminating segments or elements within segments.

GameDay host Rece Davis talked about it on Monday’s edition of the College GameDay podcast with ESPN senior college football writer Pete Thamel. Davis praised Thamel for his contributions to the show but acknowledged that often Thamel whose hits on the show end up struck because of time.

“All of us sacrifice some, but you’re one of the ones who take heavy hits in terms of things getting cut,” Davis said. Thamel’s tweets are often featured throughout the show, and Davis makes it a point to recognize Thamel on the air. “That’s why I try to give you a shoutout when I see the tweets pop up on the screen, which are amazing by the way.”

Davis said Thamel’s ability to provide up to the second information on relevant and timely stories in college football has been a welcomed change to the show.

“You’ve brought something to GameDay that GameDay’s desperately needed for years,” he said. “It’s like because of this podcast and that, people have started to think of us as two guys who might someday star in a buddy movie.”

GameDay will be on location this weekend for the showdown between Michigan and Ohio State. This past weekend the show was live from Montana State.

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Miami Marlins Continue Broadcast Changes, Drop J.P. Arencibia

The former big league catcher worked the club’s opening road series and more than 60 games for Bally Sports Florida.

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After announcing last week that Miami Marlins play-by-play announcer Glenn Geffner wouldn’t return to the booth next year, the club continues to make changes. J.P. Arencibia won’t return as an analyst for the club in 2023.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Arencibia was informed he will no longer work on either the team’s television or radio broadcasts next season. The former big league catcher worked the club’s opening road series and more than 60 games for Bally Sports Florida. It was his first season as a television analyst. According to Jackson, the reason for Arencibia’s departure is “unclear”, adding a reason “was not offered”.

The club will continue to use a rotation of analysts in 2023, with Jeff Nelson, Gaby Sanchez, Rod Allen, and Tommy Hutton working in the booth.

Arencibia was brought on for the 2022 season after the Marlins dropped former Rookie of the Year Todd Hollandsworth from the clubs televisions broadcasts after the previous season concluded.

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