Play by Play: Ian Eagle (Pick #17)
-I'm happy to make Ian Eagle my lead announcer. He calls games the way they should be called, professionally and basic. He doesn't use catch phrases (Hello, friends) or histrionics (Sorry, Gus). I don't see a comedy show in his future (Artie Lange, anyone?), nor will he be bigger than the game (do you believe in miracles?) He'll just do football.
Analyst: Phil Simms (Pick #25)
-I think Aikman and Simms are the two best analysts in the game. Maybe I'll throw Collinsworth on there, too. I love his knowledge of the game. He's especially effective at telling viewers what's going to happen, not just what already happened. Bob Costas in the 6th round is the steal of this draft so far. This pick is second.
Play by Play: Brad Nessler (Pick #32)
-It’s obvious that I want a no-frills broadcast booth. NFL Network’s Brad Nessler is my kind of announcer. He has a strong voice and his calls are clean and clear. He will work well with whatever analyst I’m going to throw at him. And he doesn’t draw undue attention to himself. My stars are on the field, not the broadcast booth. Nessler knows that.
Analyst: Kirk Herbstreit (Pick #33)
-I am going to select the best college football analyst on TV today: Kirk Herbstreit. He’s not just a college guy; he’s a football guy. He knows football. But more importantly, he knows how to relay that knowledge to the TV viewer. It would not take him long to get up to speed on the NFL.
Host: James Brown (Pick #1)
-The gap between JB and all the other studio hosts is bigger than the gap at any other position.
Analyst #1: Tony Dungy (Pick #9)
-He's the best studio analyst on TV right now. He's insightful. He's likable. And most importantly to me, he's a former coach who is not likely to coach again. That allows me to trust his opinions more than others.
Analyst #2: Ron Jaworski (Pick #16)
-Ron Jaworski is the man most people think should still be on MNF. Incredibly well prepared; good on camera; and not afraid to be critical. He'll bring a smart energy to the studio and will be great when paired with Dungy.
Reporter: Rachel Nichols (Pick #24)
-I'm a broadcast network looking to staff my NFL Sundays. I need diversity in my on-air ranks. I have the smartest football show on TV right now. I'm a TV network; I don't care about breaking news. I'll leave that for my website and Twitter. My version of a TV reporter looks just like Nichols: well connected and hard working. She'll get the interviews I need. And she'll ask the right questions. She also will give my viewers some of the best feature stories in the business.
Wild Card: Mike Pereira (Pick #8)
-He may have been available later in the draft, but I wanted to make sure that I got him on my side. He provides a service to the viewers that nobody else can match on any other network. He helps set my football telecasts apart from everyone else. This is my wildcard pick.
Everybody overvalues play-by-play announcers and game analysts. The fact is that when games are close, people watch. When games are blowouts, people turn off the TV. No on-air talent — not even John Madden in his prime — has ever been able to stop that trend. People will unfavorably compare my play-by-play men, Ian Eagle and Brad Nessler, to Al Michaels and Joe Buck. And they’d be right. But it doesn’t matter. If I get the Cowboys-Giants, and they play a close game, I’m winning the ratings battle regardless of who I put in the booth. If Al Michaels winds up with the Jaguars and Bengals, and it’s a blowout, his network will lose the ratings battle. I was looking for professional announcers who don’t offend. That’s what I got.
As one of four networks with NFL rights in this draft, the only way I can stand out is with my pre- and post-game shows. It’s the only chance my coverage of the NFL will be different from everyone else’s. And my studio show is the best, by far. In James Brown, I have the best studio host in the business. In Tony Dungy, I have the best analyst in the business. In Ron Jaworski, I have the most prepared analyst in the business. In Mike Pereria, I can provide a service no other network can offer. And Rachel Nichols is a perfect compliment, given her league and team relationships and interviewing style. I don’t need to break news on my TV show; I need someone who has access to the newsmakers and can get them on camera. Nichols does that.
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According to Pitt's website, LaPhonso Ellis will no longer call ESPN2's game Sunday night. Instead it will be Adam Amin and Tim Welsh.
Sundays missing announcing assignments:
1 PM- Vanderbilt at Georgia (SEC Regional, ESPN3) Dave Neal, Larry Conley
4 PM- Penn State at Wisconsin (BTN)Tom Hart, Gary Williams
6 PM- Indiana at Iowa (BTN) Gus Johnson, Dan Bonner
Here's the missing broadcast assignments for Saturdays games.
11:30 AM- Bryant at Saint Francis-PA (NEC Net, ESPN3) Paul Dottino, Joe DeSantis, John Schmeelk
12 PM- Louisville at DePaul (Big East Network, ESPN3) Mike Gleason, Bob Wenzel
1 PM- Florida State at NC State (ACC Net, ESPN3) Tom Werme, Mike Gminski
1 PM- Maryland at Virginia (ACC Net, ESPN3) Tim Brant, Cory Alexander
1 PM- Wake Forest at Miami-FL (ACC Regional, ESPN3) Rich Waltz, Debbie Antonelli
1 PM- UTEP at Memphis (FSN) Ron Thulin, Perry Clark, Jenn Hildreth
1:30 PM- Kansas State at Baylor (Big 12 Net, ESPN3) Brad Sham, Stephen Howard
1:30 PM- Oklahoma at Iowa State (Big 12 Net, ESPN3) Chad McKee, Rich Zvosec
1:30 PM- LSU at South Carolina (SEC Net, ESPN3) Dave LaMont, Kara Lawson
1:30 PM- Tennessee at Alabama (SEC Net, ESPN3) Carter Blackburn, Kyle Macy
2 PM- Duquesne at Temple (A10 Net, ESPN3) Tom McCarthy, Steve Wolf, Jason Knapp
3 PM- Western Carolina at Elon (SoCon Net, ESPN3) Darren Goldwater, Dean Keener
3 PM- Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech (ACC Regional, ESPN3) Mike Hogewood, Eddie Fogler
4 PM- Texas at Oklahoma State (Big 12 Net, ESPN3) Dave Armstrong, Dan Hughes
4 PM- Seton Hall at Cincinnati (Big East Net, ESPN3) Tom Gelehrter, John Celestand
4 PM- Mississippi at Kentucky (SEC Net, ESPN3) Clay Matvick, Joe Dean Jr.
4 PM- Lamar at George Mason (ESPN3) John Castleberry, Pat Kennedy
4 PM- Lafayette at Lehigh (CBSSN) Bob Socci, Vince Curran
4 PM- San Diego State at Air Force (NBCSN) Paul Burmeister, Blaine Fowler
4 PM- Saint Joseph's at George Washington (CSN Mid-Atl) Byron Kerr, Glenn Consor
4 PM- TCU at Boise State (Mtn.) Rich Cellini, Andrea Lloyd
4:30 PM- Louisiana-Lafayette at North Texas (Sun Belt Net, ESPN3) Joe Davis, Dave Odom
5 PM- Illinois at Nebraska (BTN) Kevin Kugler, Jim Jackson
6 PM- LaSalle at UMass (CBSSN) Dave Ryan, Pete Gillen
6 PM- Charleston at Kent State (STO) Ty Linder, Steve Mix
6:30 PM- Florida Atlantic at Middle Tennessee (ESPN3) Chip Walters, Kyle Turnham
7 PM- Georgetown at Providence (Big East Net, ESPN3) Don Orsillo, Ron Perry
7 PM- Minnesota at Northwestern (BTN) Eric Collins, Shon Morris
7 PM- Sacred Heart at Saint Francis-NY (NEC Net, ESPN3) Matt Harmon, Terry O'Connor
7 PM- East Carolina at Central Florida (Bright House, CSS) David Baumann, Craig Brown
7:30 PM- USC Upstate at Lipscomb (ESPN3) Matt Stewart, Sonny Smith
8 PM- Texas Tech at Kansas (Big 12 Net, ESPN3) Mitch Holthus, Jon Sundvold
8 PM- Mississippi State at Auburn (SEC Regional, ESPN3) Dave Neal, Larry Conley
8 PM- Dayton at Xavier (CBSSN) James Bates, Steve Wolf
8 PM- Gonzaga at San Francisco (CSN Cal) Glen Kupier, Dan Belluomini
8 PM- Arizona State at Washington State (Root NW) Tom Glasglow, Francis Williams, Angie Mentink
8 PM- Western Kentucky at South Alabama (HSSN) Randy Lee, Hal Schmitt
9 PM- Wyoming at Colorado State (Mtn.) Ari Wolfe, Marty Fletcher
9 PM- Southern Miss at Houston (CSS) Craig Ackerman, Matt Bullard
10 PM- Portland at Pepperdine (Prime Ticket) Paul Sunderland, Mitchell Butler
For those who are wanting to know the women's basketball games, here are the ones I have listed for Thursday.
6 PM- Penn State at Purdue (BTN) Tom Hart, Mary Murphy
6 PM- Georgia at South Carolina (Sport South, ESPN3) Dave Baker, Debbie Antonelli
7 PM- LSU at Arkansas (Cox Sports, ESPN3) Chuck Barrett, Cindy Stein
7 PM- George Mason at Hofstra (ESPN3) Bobby Broyles, Marianne Stanley
7 PM- Delaware at Hofstra (FiOS1) Ralph Bednarczyk, Scott Greene, Eva Zaccaria
8 PM- Iowa at Michigan (BTN) Dan Kelly, Lisa Stone, Megan Bower
8:30 PM- Hawaii at New Mexico State (Aggie Vision, ESPN3) Kyle Doferalski, Melanie Viramontes
8:30 PM- Montana State at Northern Arizona (NAU-TV, Big Sky TV, NAU-TV online at http://extended.nau.edu/NAU-TV.aspx, FCS Pacific JIP at 9 PM) Mitch Strohman, Sharon Falor
9 PM- San Francisco at BYU (BYUtv, BYUtvsports.com/gameday) Robbie Bullough, Kristen Kozlowski, Harrison Collier
9 PM- Santa Clara at Gonzaga (SWX) Greg Heister, Stephanie Hawk Freeman
Ron Thulin, Mike Gminski and either Jenn Hildreth or Debbie Antonelli will be the Sideline reporter for the UTEP at Memphis game on FSN this week!
@CUbsfan Ron Thulin and Jenn Hildreth are correct for FSN's CUSA game Saturday, but Mike Gminski isn't. He will be doing one of the 4 ACC Network broadcasts. Perry Clark will be the analyst with Thulin doing play-by-play and Hildreth doing the sideline reporting.