Week #18 at stake; ESPN’s Herbie will show us what he knows about NFL; Fox and CBS both have DHers
By David J. Halberstam   01/06/2022   0
From a business perspective, few will argue that the NFL is brilliant. Each decision is so well thought out. All moves, times and games are laid out meticulously. Look at the standings this weekend. There are lots to be determined.
Beginning with a Saturday afternoon doubleheader through the season’s final gun on Sunday night, viewers will watch assiduously. Millions will be set for the playoffs.
The league, as far as I know, doesn’t force-feed talent on the networks. We can criticize all we’d like or not, but the ones who pay the fiddlers call the tunes. So the decision makers are CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN. The league doesn’t butt in very much on that front.
So looking ahead and seeing that the first names hit our eyeballs are Chris Fowler and Kirk ‘Herbie’ Herbstreit, it makes you wonder. And to think that Herbie will interject what he’d like about the NFL when his biggest assignment of the year is Monday night?, (Yes, the Alabama-Georgia title game is coming up.) For ESPN led by Herbie, football coverage has become a mockery. Herbie himself pretty much said publicly that he wants an NFL gig at ESPN. Good friend he is, of Griese and Riddick trio. (Chris Fowler, left, with Kirk Herbstreit)
May I suggest that the Bristolites examine their roster of talent. Dave Pasch does Arizona Cardinals on radio and Bob Wischusen, has been calling Jets games for years. They also do excellent work for ESPN.
David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.