- Fox has this week’s NFL doubleheader. CBS runs a singleton.
- The lead broadcast teams are assigned: Fox’ Burkhardt and Olsen #1 team covers Green Bay-Tampa Bay in the late afternoon doubleheader. Unobtrusive Joe D, no relation to the Great Joe D has Baltimore at New England. CBS’ Nantz and Romo have Kansas City in Indianapolis.
- Amazon Prime kicked off its regular season last weekend with Al and new partner Herbie. Oh Herbie again. When I finally figured out how to download the programming purveyor, step-by-step, the garrulous one was talking up a storm. He did impress me at times during the telecast with incisive commentary. But the constant gab act reinforced how annoying he can be. Still, he’s prepared. Thursday they’ll have the backyard brawl, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
- Matt Millen is on Fox’ NFL roster this weekend, New Orleans at Carolina. Once number two in the Fox booth, a couple decades ago he survived a precarious major heart procedure. A good man, but on-air he’s more emotional, stylish and bigger into intonations than he is substance. That’s what usually catches up with these stylists. Even with Madden – to some point.
- The Phantom of the Opera will end too in late winter. In our football memories, pioneer folks like Paul Christman, George Ratterman or Al DeRogatis were never overbearing. No shtick. I thought they shot from the hip. Fans sang their praises but the stylists started to take shots at their their mics.
- Joe Buck and Troy Aikman have basically sounded the same at ESPN.
- Fox covers only 99% of country and CBS, the legacy network, 100%
- From All Ears: Amazon is hoping sports broadcasting will increase Prime memberships, which cost $139 annually for free shipping on Amazon, unlimited streaming of Amazon Prime movies and television shows, and more. Amazon Prime has approximately 200 million subscribers globally, with 80 million active Prime Video viewers.
- With 182 stations cleared, the Bucs-Packers game aired by Fox is the biggest of the two networks running telecasts on Sunday afternoon.
Thursday, September 22
AMZN SAP: Miguel Gurwitz, Rolando Cantú, Mayra Gomez
Sunday, September 25
Compass Media: Mike Morgan, Chad Brown
CBS SAP: Armando Quintero
CBS: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (15%)
CBS SAP: Benny Ricardo
FOX: Joe Davis, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver (23%)
ESPN Radio: Chris Carlin, Chris Canty
FOX: Dan Hellie, Matt Millen, Lindsay Czarniak (18%)
CBS: Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, A.J. Ross (24%)
ESPN Radio: Jorge Sedano, Max Starks
CBS SAP: Halim Zadat
8:20 PM- San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos
UNVSO: Carlos Mauricio Ramírez, Rolando Cantú
ABC: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Lisa Salters (100%)
Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner
█ Philadelphia @ Washington, Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth (22%)