Most sports fans can’t get enough Gus Johnson. The energy he adds to a sporting event is unmatched and his authenticity is beloved.
We love the sound of Johnson calling a game, but unfortunately for him, the longtime play-by-play announcer doesn’t get the same enjoyment out of hearing his voice. It can be tough for broadcasters to listen back to their work. Surely, there are some who love to hear themselves speak, but for many, being your own harshest critic is uncomfortable.
“I never watch games. I never watch. I hate it,” Johnson said on the Green Light with Chris Long podcast. “I despise hearing my voice. I despise it. That’s everybody, though. You can ask Joe Buck and Jim Nantz and Al Michaels.”
Chris Long didn’t fully believe Johnson, arguing that there’s no way Kevin Harlan hates his own voice. And while I don’t have the issues BSM’s Demetri Ravanos has with Jim Nantz, I do believe the CBS icon enjoys hearing himself speak. Any announcer bold enough to take their tie off and hand it to a senior from the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champion, viewing it as an honor, certainly admires the sound of their own voice.
Johnson has been with FOX Sports since 2011, meaning it’s been a decade since we last heard him call an NCAA Tournament game. With CBS Sports, Johnson was a major part of March Madness from 1996 – 2011, where he regularly added excitement to the end of close games. Johnson is still in the midst of an incredible career, but it’s a shame he can’t enjoy some of his highlight calls for college and pro sports, and he can only play Madden NFL 11 (the franchise’s best installment) on mute.
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.
3.72 Million Tune In To See LeBron James Break Scoring Record
Lakers star LeBron James surpassed the NBA’s all-time scoring record on Tuesday night, and TNT benefitted from the milestone ratings wise.
According to Sports Media Watch, Tuesday night’s game averaged 2.98 million viewers. That figure made it TNT’s biggest regular season audience in over two years.
The broadcast peaked at 3.72 million around 11:45 p.m. when James passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the record.
Reporting also indicated that the game was the number one single-network program on TV in key demographics.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He’s a multimedia journalist and communicator who works at the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Jordan also contributes occasional coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, WRIC-TV 8News and Audacy Richmond. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
Disney Makes ESPN Independent Division In Corporate Restructuring
Disney is in the process of reorganizing and restructuring the company, and details have emerged about the company’s plans for ESPN.
Deadline reported on Wednesday that ESPN will be one of three standalone segments comprising Disney. Entertainment and Parks, Experiences & Products are the other two segments.
The reorganization comes amid the exit of former CEO Bob Chapek and the re-entry of CEO Bob Iger. As one of Iger’s first moves back running Disney, he announced a restructuring of Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.
It was also reported that Jimmy Pitaro will continue as the president of ESPN.
In total, more than 7,000 jobs will be eliminated after the restructuring.
Roger Goodell: ‘Wouldn’t Surprise Me’ To See Thursday Night Football Move to Flex Scheduling
“Not today, but it’ll certainly be something that’s on our horizon.”
In 2023, Monday Night Football will join Sunday Night Football in having the ability to flex NFL games into its window. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday Night Football could someday join that elite club.
During his “State of the League” speech Wednesday, Goodell said Thursday Night Football having the ability to flex matchups “wouldn’t at all surprise me”.
“Not today, but it’ll certainly be something that’s on our horizon,” the NFL Commissioner said.
ESPN bargained for the ability to move higher profile games into Monday Night Football during its negotiations with the league for the next television contract that begins this upcoming season.
NBC has long held the ability to shift a select number of games from earlier windows into the Sunday Night Football primetime slot.
Amazon Prime Video just completed the first of an 11-year contract that sees the streaming platform spend nearly $1 billion per year on the Thursday Night Football package.
One of the largest storylines of Amazon’s debut season with the NFL was the near-constant ridicule from play-by-play announcer Al Michaels over the lackluster TNF schedule. Michaels made headlines over several weeks for his candor on the lack of interesting matchups, going as far as to joke that if the schedule didn’t improve he would retire.