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People & Personalities: Collinsworth Set To Step Into "SNF" Booth
Published August 24, 2009
|NBC Reportedly Always Planned To
Put Collinsworth (r) On "SNF"
CHANGES FOR THE GOOD: In Buffalo, Alan Pergament wrote ESPN "MNF" analyst Jon Gruden "sounds like he has the potential to be the new generation's version of John Madden." Gruden "has been impressive" during the net's coverage of preseason games, as he is "knowledgeable, enthusiastic, funny and a bit of a teacher" (BUFFALO NEWS, 8/22). Meanwhile, in Denver, Dusty Saunders writes NBC "FNIA" analyst Tony Dungy "could be the most interesting of all the new football 'experts' working for the networks this fall." Dungy "often presents a thoughtful demeanor -- a change from the quick, shoot-from-the-hip style of many former coaches and players" (DENVER POST, 8/24).
GLAD TO BE BACK: In Boston, Adam Kilgore noted NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy, "for the first time since April, when the exhaustion of recovering from an infection owing to complications following his lung cancer surgery forced him from his duties," worked Friday's Yankees-Red Sox game for the net. Remy: "I just want to get back doing what I enjoy doing. That's baseball." Kilgore noted Remy "intends to call every home game that NESN broadcasts." The Red Sox have two road trips remaining, and Remy "will likely not work those games" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/22).
Keegan Signs As ESPN's
Lead Premier League Analyst
COMING ONSIDES: In Manchester, Mark Sweney reports ESPN has signed former English soccer club Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan as "lead analyst for its Premier League football coverage this season." Keegan will appear alongside studio host Ray Stubbs. ESPN also has signed Russia men's national soccer team coach Guus Hiddink "for an unconfirmed number of Premier League games this season" (GUARDIAN.co.uk, 8/24).