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SBD/Issue 238/Sports Media
Published August 28, 2009
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FORMATION SHIFT: In California, Jim Carlisle writes it is a "good time" for NBC's Bob Costas to start hosting "Football Night In America" from the site of the "Sunday Night Football" game this season since Cris Collinsworth is "being moved out of the studio to replace the retired John Madden" as Al Michaels' partner. Costas' presence "at the event gives it an air of importance, but it will still be a problem luring people over to NBC after the games on CBS and Fox" (VENTURA COUNTY STAR, 8/28). In Houston, David Barron writes NBC Sports & Olympics Chair Dick Ebersol and Costas "agreed Costas' presence will add gravitas and perspective to the proceedings," but that "begged the question of whether 'Football Night' was evolving into more of a, dare we say it, pregame show" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 8/28).
JOINING THE FLOCK: In California, Jim Carlisle reports the Ducks have "extended their agreement" with KLAA-AM for the '09-10 season. The team also officially announced that Orange County Register Ducks beat writer Dan Wood will serve as the team's radio analyst, joining play-by-play announcer Steve Carroll (VENTURA COUNTY STAR, 8/28).