Today Fox unveiled their announcing teams for the upcoming NFL season, their 20th since acquiring the NFC package from CBS in the mid 90's. There are significant changes up and down the lineup including new faces and departures of longtime announcers. In an immense shock, Chris Myers and Tim Ryan have been named Fox's new #1 announce team and will call Super Bowl XLVIII in New York.
Anyone buy that? Anyone?
Ok so there aren't THAT many changes, but you'll still see some new faces on NFL Sundays. Here's the entire list of Fox's seven announce teams...
1) Joe Buck, Troy Aikman & Pam Oliver
2) Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
3) Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick & Laura Okmin
4) Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch & Erin Andrews
5) Chris Myers, Tim Ryan & Jennifer Hale
6) Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber & Kris Budden
7) Sam Rosen, Heath Evans & Molly McGrath
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Pam Oliver are all back for their 12th season as the A Team, which makes me feel incredibly old and is also a testament to the job security that comes with being a top sports announcer. The #2 and #3 teams remain the same as well, although it's interesting Fox put the Albert/Johnston/Siragusa trio ahead of Brennaman and Billick in their announcement.
Fox made a rare switch in the NFL Playoffs last year, promoting the Brennaman/Billick team to a Divisional Round playoff game at the expense of Kenny, Moose and Goose. It was the first time that trio missed out on a playoff game since 2008. Unfortunately, Billick had one of the roughest fourth quarters in recent memory for an analyst so Fox may return to the status quo this year.
The formation of a completely new broadcast team at the #4 spot is where the first major change happens. SNY's Kevin Burkhardt joins the exclusive club of NFL play by play men as he's joined by John Lynch and Erin Andrews, who will combine full sideline duty with her Fox College Football hosting job. It's her first full season back on the sidelines since moving to Fox from ESPN.
Chris Myers and Tim Ryan return as the #5 team and Dick Stockton moves down the batting order to the #6 team with former Buc Ronde Barber, who has signed on with Fox and FS1 as an NFL analyst. He's got to be better on TV than Tiki, right? Finally, Sam Rosen and Heath Evans are back to round out the lineup.
So who's missing? Mike Martz does not return after joining Fox as a game analyst last year, which honestly isn't much of a surprise. Ron Pitts, who has been with Fox for several years as both a game analyst and play by play man, appears to be the odd man out. I'm sure Cardinals, Panthers, and Rams fans will greatly miss him. Also, it doesn't look like Fox has plans to use its #1 college team of Gus Johnson and Charles Davis on any NFL broadcasts this year.
Oh, and Rob Riggle is back for another year as the NFL on Fox's official funny man. Woo.
What are your thoughts on the NFL on Fox announcing lineup? Let us know in the comments below.
Riggle's show today was by far the worst. We (8 of us) try to avoid the pregame shows on Fox Sports because they are so bad, but today I accidentally turned it on too soon and the misogynistic 'game show' parody turned my stomach. We watched it as if it was a train wreck for about 6 seconds before my husband grabbed the remote and switched it off saying "holy crap, what a douchebro". That about says it all.
FOX - please find any two people who are remotely unbiased to do NFC West games. Chris Myers & Tim Ryan should be 49er announcers. Week in - Week out whether they do a 49er game or another divisional opponent their bias comes through. No professionalism even attempted. Put down your 49er pom poms. The only announcers calling NCAA or NFL games that are more bias are Mayock and the ND homer of the week!
I was bothered throughout the New England/New Orleans game by how much the broadcast team (especially Thom Brennaman) blatantly pulled for the Patriots...aren't these guys supposed to be pros????
Myers and Ryan are the most anti Cowboy announcers ever. Ryan knows nothing about Romo and Bryant. Tim look at the film. Terrible announcing.
Fox sent email that Buck,Aikman,&Oliver are the A team! Others are not rated & will have to bring it every week to earn a playoff game. Erin Andrews will become part of the A team on Thanksgiving day,the playoffs& the Super Bowl!
This is FOX'S 20th anniversary with NFL and they need some good announcers if the network wants to keep free games on the air insted on cable.
I wish that Thom Brennamaan and Brian Billick will stay at the number 2 announce team those guys no how to call a football game more so than Joe Buck, Troy Aikman is fine. However listening to Brennaman and Billick is like drinking a fine wine. JM.
Matt Yoder...you called it right. Ron Pitts has been a staple in Panthers country. Part of me is sad I will not hear him on Sundays. LOL.
Dick Stockton has stayed way too long at the fair. PLEASE?. Get some younger talent (and I am in my 60's). Stockton is THE WORST.
It dosen't suprise me that Ron Pitts isn't work as a PBP man or Analyst for the NFL on FOX this year, because he has been doing that for the 1st 19 years of their coverage!
Does anybody know why Jaime Maggio isn't a Sideline Reporter for the NFL on FOX this year, especially since she worked as a Sideline Reporter for the NFL on FOX for the last 4 years???
Does anybody know why Krista Voda or Kristina Pink aren't Sideline Reportes, after working as a Sideline Reporters for games last year???
GuJo and Davis might see work late in the year if a lack of NFC primetime games sees Fox end up with eight games.
Buck Aikman and Oliver. Personally the #2 team is better! But then again so is most everybody's backup QB!
@CUbsfan I don't know about McGrath, but Kris Budden is coming from WBIR in Knoxville, TN where she was an outstanding sports reporter. I watched their station until I moved for grad school, and she was always well-prepared and well-spoken. May end up being the highlight of that broadcast team...
@CUbsfan usually the sideline reporters are more of a revolving door once you get beyond the top 3-4 teams, they've been filled by many people over the years, some even week to week by local Fox reporters depending on location
@CUbsfan Voda will be on Fox Sports 1 and remaining with NASCAR. I suspect she will be the main host for RaceDay each Sunday on Fox Sports 1, which she wouldn't be able to do if she was doing NFL sidelines. Kristina Pink is now the sideline reporter for the FOX College Football game of the Week with Gus Johnson and Charles Davis. If they call any NFL games this year, she'll be teamed up with them.
@Agitator he was better with steve tasker on cbs he just doesnt have that extra umf on fox maybe because theyre volume is a lot lower than cbs
@myoder84 @CUbsfan Myoder84 that dosen't look like the case as much for this year, because FOX had only 2 Sideline Reporters in Heidi Androl and Jill Savage work as a Sideline Reporter for only 1 week last year and all of their other Sideline Reporters worked as a Sideline Reporter for most of the rest of the weeks!!!
@CUbsfan Maggio is the field reporter for the Angels on FS West. That will keep her occupied until October. The TBS games will be in October, taking her up to November, which is when the NBA season begins.
I think there's the possibility she could be a sideline reporter for CBS though. I believe CBS will bring back sideline reporters this year for the CBS Sports Network pregame show, and if they have them for the pregame show, they'll likely have them paired up with specific broadcast teams. All of these could spell why she's not doing FOX NFL games. Or it could just be a coincidence.