ASA SportsBeat

"Sportscasting in the News"


November 8, 2019 - The following is some of the sportcasting news that has been making headlines recently. We hope to bring you these updates each week.

~ Lou Schwartz, President


In what could be a first, Jim Nantz and Tony Romo, CBS'  No. 1 broadcast team, took to the sidelines to call part of the third quarter of the Los Angeles Chargers’ unexpected win over the Green Bay Packers this past Sunday.  "To our knowledge, this has never been done before,” Nantz said during the broadcast, noting that announcers sit courtside to call basketball games and right off the green during golf matches.

Neil Funk, Chicago Bulls TV voice,will work a reduced schedule of game this year. Jason Benetti, Lisa Byington, JB Long, Adam Amin will all serve as fill-ins for the Lifetime ASA member.

ABC & ESPN have set their XFL TV teams. Steve Levy, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill and Dianna Russini will call the XFL Kickoff, West Final, Championship and Saturday Games on ABC. Tom Hart, Joey Galloway and Pat McAfee will call Sunday Games on ESPN and ABC. Kickoff is Feb. 8, 2020.


Cris Carter is out at Fox Sports. The Pro Football Hall of Famer and co-host of FS1's "First Things First" has not appeared on the morning show since October 30. There is a  report that Carter was suspended pending an investigation and another that said Carter had it out with his FS1 bosses for not being included on Fox's "Thursday Night Football" coverage.

Mike Francesa, sports talk radio pioneer, announced he has agreed to a new deal with radio.com and will be leaving his afternoon show on New York City’s WFAN Radio in December. Francesa, a staple on the afternoon drive since 1989, said he will still be involved with WFAN, just not in his familiar post.

Disappointing news that Lifetime ASA members Gary McCord and Peter Kostis, two stalwarts of the CBS golf broadcast team, will not return in 2020. Both faced expiring contracts that will not be renewed.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men’s basketball is discontinuing radio broadcasts in favor of streaming. The change will save the department the five-figure fee it pays for radio. Lifetime ASA member Wayne Larrivee will remain as the play-by-play voice.

Cayleigh Griffin is the new Houston Rockets host/reporter on ATT SportsNet Southwest.

According to sources, ESPN is considering breaking up its “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team. Sources say Alex Rodriguez is safe, but there is a chance that Matt Vasgersian and Jessica Mendoza will be moving on.

Carolina Hurricanes broadcaster Mike Maniscalco underwent successful surgery recently to remove a large non-cancerous mass from his abdomen and is looking forward to returning to work as soon as possible.


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