SBD/Issue 186/Sports Media

People & Personalities: Foley Officially Back With Blackhawks

The Blackhawks yesterday formally announced the "long-expected return of play-by-play announcer Pat Foley," according to Len Ziehm of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. Foley in '06 was fired "amid a rift with Hawks management" after serving as the team's TV and radio voice for 25 years. Blackhawks President John McDonough said that pre- and postgame analyst Steve Konroyd will join Foley in the booth when regular analyst Ed Olczyk "has conflicts with his duties for NBC and Versus." Foley called games for the AHL Chicago Wolves the last two seasons (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 6/17). In Chicago, Teddy Greenstein reports Foley had "boycotted the Hawks after they dumped him two years ago." However, before McDonough "agreed to become the Hawks' president, he made it a condition that Hawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz give him the green light to bring Foley home." Foley's return to the organization "was celebrated in style, a Hawks trademark" under McDonough and Senior VP/Business Operations Jay Blunk. The Blackhawks "welcomed a crowd of supporters to the United Center's Stadium Club and started Monday's ceremony with a four-minute highlight tape of Foley's greatest calls" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/17).

Many Expecting Strahan To Land In
Broadcast Booth Following Retirement
GIANT LOVE? In N.Y., Bob Raissman wrote there has been talk about former NFL Giants DE Michael Strahan "being a can't-miss TV property" since he retired last Tuesday, but he "raised some eyebrows -- and questions -- in network circles ... when he officially said goodbye." Strahan "professed his everlasting love for the Giants," and said that he "would continue rooting for them." A network exec said, "It makes you wonder if he'll be able to quickly separate from not just his former teammates, but all the players in the league. If he'll be able to be objective. If he will be able to criticize." Strahan has reportedly received offers from both CBS and Fox, but Raissman noted, "There is another major player, with more national appeal than Strahan, who could change the equation -- the newly retired Brett Favre." Hiring a former player "who can stir the pot on TV is important. Still, landing a big fish such as Favre would be a huge coup for a network." But sources said that Favre "has not yet shown any inclination to start a TV career" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/15).

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