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greg-AnthonyGet ready for a major change with CBS’s college basketball coverage this season. Longtime studio analyst Greg Anthony has become the network’s lead game analyst and he’ll partner with lead gamecaller Jim Nantz when Nantz ends his football commitment. Anthony has been with CBS since 2008 and also appears as an analyst for NBA TV.

What does that mean for Clark Kellogg? The network has been moving Kellogg to be its lead college basketball studio analyst, a role he held for 16 years before calling games. Kellogg will also serve as a game analyst on 10-12 regular-season games this season. Why the move? CBS thought Kellogg was better suited for the studio and Anthony for the arena. “It’s a net-win for CBS and for Clark and Greg,” CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said.

While the on-air staffing for the NCAA tournament usually gets named in March with a joint CBS-Turner announcement — CBS declined on Sunday to answer any questions on NCAA tournament staffing — it’s near-certain Anthony will now call the Final Four and championship game with Nantz and Steve Kerr of Turner Sports.

Read more at Sports Illustrated where this story was originally published.

Esiason-WFANThe contract for WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” radio show to be simulcast on MSG expired Friday, so as of now the program will not be seen on television beginning Monday.

MSG is believed to want the show back — if the price is right — and has had talks aimed at a renewal but with no agreement. The show also has had discussions with the YES Network, which has simulcast Mike Francesa’s WFAN program since 2002.

If MSG is presented with a formal offer from YES it will have the right to match terms, but that had not occurred as of late Friday afternoon.

If the show does depart for YES — or anywhere else — it will be off of TV during a contractually mandated waiting period believed to last into early next year.

MSG issued a statement that read, “We are proud to have been the television home of ‘The Boomer & Carton Show’ for the past three years, and although to date no agreement has been reached to continue the show on the network, Boomer, Craig, WFAN and the entire staff have been tremendous partners to MSG over the years.”

The uncertainty over the show’s simulcast future will have no effect on its radio home on WFAN.

Read more at Newsday where this story was originally published.

Carton, Francesca engage in war of words

September 16, 2013
Courtesy of Newsday

Craig Carton and Mike Francesa are colleagues on WFAN radio and might soon be colleagues on YES, which has made a bid to simulcast WFAN’s morning show in addition Francesa’s afternoon show. (Incumbent MSG still has the right to match the offer.)

But Carton regularly takes shots at Francesa on the air, never more pointedly than Wednesday morning, when he harshly criticized Francesa for comments he made about former Giants star Lawrence Taylor late Tuesday afternoon.

Carton accused Francesa of excusing Taylor’s behavior in a 2010 incident in which he was charged with felony statutory rape for having sex with a 16-year-old girl whom he knew was a prostitute but said he believed to be of consenting age.
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NFL media roundtable

September 16, 2013
Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

NFLI’ve paneled a group of different voices — a mix of writers and bloggers who cover sports media — to answer a series of questions on NFL broadcasting.

The panel includes:

• John Koblin: Deadspin writer
• Steve Lepore, SB Nation, NHL and media writer
• Robert Littal, founder
• John Ourand, Sports Business Daily media writer
• Jimmy Traina, writer and creator of’s Hot Clicks
• Matt Yoder, Awful Announcing, managing editor

The panel was asked a series of questions with the only requirement being to keep the answers tight. They were free to pass on any questions. For those on Twitter, you can follow any of the panelists by clicking on their names above. I’ll have Part II of the roundtable next Monday, with questions on what element should be added to NFL pregame shows, whether networks should use sideline reporters, and the confidence level the panel has on the football broadcast networks reporting on concussions with significance. Hope you enjoy:
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Bayless_SkipThe Chinese food deliveryman lights up when he sees Skip Bayless answer the door. “I thought it was you,” he says with a smile, handing over dinner.

Bayless is a regular customer. At his core, he’s a man of routine, and at the beginning of each week, he orders five days’ worth of chicken and broccoli (no sauce), his nightly dinners. Every weekend he stops by the same Manhattan deli and buys five sandwiches to bring back to his weekday home in Connecticut, his daily lunch. He’s a health nut who exercises twice a day. Every Sunday morning is church, every Friday is date night and every evening in between is the same: chicken and broccoli — and sports.

On this night, the games have already started. He has South Carolina’s season opener on the big screen but will soon switch to the New England Patriots’ preseason finale — a final audition for quarterback Tim Tebow, one of Bayless’s favorite topics — and fire up the Vanderbilt game on his laptop, always watching two games simultaneously.
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Aiyana CristalComcast SportsNet Chicago has hired another new full-time sports reporter and anchor. The newest sportscaster is Aiyana Cristal, who will join the local station’s signature nightly sports news program, “SportsNet Central,” starting September 14th.

Aiyana Cristal’s primary duties will be in reporting on sports stories for “SportsNet Central,” but will also be doing some co-anchoring of the newscasts on occasion. Additionally, Cristal will host interactive studio segments on the CSN Chicago’s post-game shows, along with hosting various digital events on their website.

CSN Chicago’s newest reporter comes to the station from WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami, FL. There, she worked as a sports reporter since September 2012, covering the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area professional and collegiate sports teams.
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Gunter joins WSFA 12 in Montgomery

September 13, 2013
Courtesy of WSFA 12 News

WSFA 12 News is excited to announce the hire of a new weekend sports anchor/reporter. Stephen Gunter joined the WSFA family and made his first on-air appearance Thursday evening with a live report from Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.

Gunter comes to WSFA 12 News from sister station WLBT in Jackson, Mississippi where he had worked since 2010. Prior to WLBT, Gunter worked as a weekend sports anchor in Panama City, Florida.

Gunter is an Alabama native. He grew up just outside Andalusia in Covington County. He attended Troy University and graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism with a concentration in Sports Information in 2007.

Taking over where anchor/reporter Derek Steyer left off after 14 years, Gunter says he’s excited to be home. Steyer took a position with a TV station in Ohio so he could be closer to family.

While it wasn’t possible to make Stephen’s name rhyme with “Wiregrass”, which was a popular addition for Steyer’s “Steyergrass” segments, Stephen will have his own segment and it will be called “The Gunter Annex”.

The name is an homage of sorts to Montgomery’s Gunter Annex military facility where the call letters W-S-F-A first got their start in the 1930s when it signed on as the state’s fourth radio station.

Read more at WSFA 12 News where this story was originally published.

ralph BarbieriA source close to Angelia Alioto, the lawyer representing former KNBR Sports host, Ralph Barbieri, told me directly the suit was effectively settled Wednesday afternoon in SF Superior Court.

Barbieri, according to the source, will receive $4 Million, pending normal signing of legal documents and papers pertinent to the case.

The source told me that “Barbieri and his son ‘Tate will live comfortably the rest of their life.”

Barbieri was fired from KNBRCumulus in April, 2012 after nearly three decades on the air with the all-sports SF Radio outlet. In 2011, months before his firing, he disclosed he was battling early-stages Parkinson’s disease.

The source also indicated that Alioto was prepared to continue to pursue the case but was “blown away” by the offer from Cumulus. Ultimately, it was Barbieri who told Alioto that the amount offered was good enough for him to settle.

Read more at the Rich Lieberman Report where this story was originally published.

WCBS wrapping up Yankees

September 13, 2013
Courtesy of the NY Daily News

yankeesTim Scheld, director of news and programming at WCBS-AM (880), would love for the Yankees to go all the way to another World Series.

“We hope we have another storybook ending to deliver this season,” says Scheld, whose station has broadcast Yankees play-by-play since 2002. “We have nothing but great memories of our time carrying the team. They are a class operation.”

Come next season, however, it’s a new ballgame for WCBS-AM, because the Yankees are moving to sister station WFAN (660 AM, 101.9 FM).
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Phoenix coyotesPhoenix Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc announced today that the team has signed a one-year agreement with Bonneville Phoenix Media and Marketing to broadcast all Coyotes preseason, regular season and playoff games in the Valley on Arizona Sports 620 (KTAR AM), News/Talk 92.3 KTAR FM and KMVP 860 AM. Coyotes’ Radio Play-by-Play Announcer Bob Heethuis returns for his ninth season with the team to call all games on the Coyotes Radio Network and Tyson Nash will provide radio color analysis for a select number of games.

“We are thrilled about our new partnership with Bonneville Phoenix and are very excited to begin airing Coyotes games on Arizona Sports 620 as well as News/Talk 92.3 KTAR and KMVP 860 AM this season,” said LeBlanc. “Arizona Sports 620 is the Valley’s true leader in quality, local sports programming and we are looking forward to Bonneville providing our fans with great Coyotes coverage all season long.”
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