Week # 2:
Brief comments, full schedules, announcers, coverage and geography. Below, spotlight on Brandon Gaudin who’ll be working a Fox game this weekend
- CBS has a singleton, Fox the doubleheader. New York, Miami, Detroit and Nashville get only the late game from Fox
- Brandon Gaudin calls his first NFL game for Fox, teaming with Cris Carter (profile of Brandon below)
- Dick Stockton, sharp last week, teams with Mark Schlereth who was underwhelming last week, missing two critical observations, a key face-mask penalty and a criticized time-out late in the game. Only a coach can take the time-out, not a player. Mark should have known it.
- Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis get Fox’ most widely distributed first game, getting the historical rivalry, Dallas and Washington. The game goes to half of America.
- Jim Nantz and Tony Romo are in Oakland where their Chiefs-Raiders game goes to a third of the country, mostly out west. My stream of consciousness: Raiders-Chiefs always triggers memories of AFL days and Curt Gowdy presiding over the NBC telecast when these two would clash.
- On ESPN, Bogger sounds good in a lead analyst role. Tessitore sounds like he’s still tweaking the tone and rhythm of his call. Yet he sounded much more relaxed last weekend. Always liked him on college.
Schedule- Times are Eastern:
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers – 8:20p NFLN
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens – 1:00p FOX
Brandon Gaudin and Cris Carter
4% of U.S. including Baltimore, Phoenix, Tucson and Louisville
San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals -1:00p FOX
Thom Brennaman and Chris Spielman
7% of U.S. including San Fran, Sacramento, Bakersfield, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton
Los Angeles Chargers at Detroit Lions – 1:00p CBS
Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon
15% of U.S. including Southern California, Denver, Detroit and parts of Midwest
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – 1:00p FOX
Chris Myers and Daryl Johnston
16% of the U.S. including mostly 50 Midwest markets
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans – 1:00p CBS
Andrew Catalon and James Lofton
9% of the country including Houston, 13 additional Texas markets and Northern Florida
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins – 1:00p CBS
Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
15% of the country including four South Florida markets, Boston and New England
Buffalo Bills at New York Giants 1:00p – CBS
Greg Gumbel and Trent Green
13% of the U.S. including New York State and a handful of outside markets
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers – 1:00p FOX
Kenny Albert and Ronde Barber
10% of U.S. including: Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo, Seattle, Portland
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans – 1:00p CBS
Spero Dedes and Adam Archuleta
7% of the U.S. including Indiana, Tennessee and a handful of markets
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins – 1:00p FOX
Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis
52% of the U.S. and over 100 markets including Southern Cal, Texas, Colorado and Texas
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders – 4:05p CBS
Jim Nantz and Tony Romo
32% of the U.S. including San Francisco and many markets west of the Mississippi
Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos – 4:25p FOX
Dick Stockton and Mark Schlereth
18% of the country 50 made up of 50 markets including biggies, Chicago, Denver and Detroit
New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams – 4:25p FOX
Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
81% of the country and over 150 markets incl. NY, LA, New Orleans and swaths of the south
Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons – 8:20p NBC
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
Monday, September 16, 2019
Cleveland Browns at New York Jets – 8:15p ESPN
Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland
Brandon Gaudin- Fox
Brandon Gaudin is the first in Fox’s stable of occasional NFL announcers to earn an assignment this season. He’ll call Sunday’s matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens alongside Hall of Famer Cris Carter. This will be this 35-year-old’s first NFL game on TV, yet he has plenty of experience.
He first did radio, covering college basketball at his alma mater, Butler. He did so when the team made a national championship run in 2011. His calls of Butler’s last-second wins over Old Dominion and Pittsburgh were featured on SportsCenter. In 2013, he moved to Atlanta to become the radio voice for Georgia Tech football and basketball.
Soon after getting the job at Georgia Tech, he added Westwood One to his growing national resume, calling his first NCAA Tournament game on network radio in 2015 and his first NFL game in 2016. He left Georgia Tech for a multi-sport role with the Big Ten Network and Fox Sports1 after the 2015–16 school year. Brandon has continued to call NFL and college basketball games for Westwood One.
Gaudin is now in his fourth year as the voice of the Madden NFL video game, a job he landed before making his NFL play-by-play debut. Every week during the season, he travels down to EA Sports’s studios in Florida and records new calls.
In other words, he’s busy.