SBD/Issue 35/Sports Media

People & Personalities: Eagle Staying Busy With CBS, Nets Duties

Eagle Can Be Heard
Regularly On CBS
In New York, Pete Dougherty profiles announcer Ian Eagle, who "can be seen regularly on CBS working NFL and college basketball games" and who also "works New Jersey Nets games on the YES Network." Additionally, Eagle this year will "begin his second season of calling NFL Thursday night games on Westwood Radio," and in the past he has "done the French and U.S. Opens for Tennis Channel and the Masters and PGA Championship for CBSSports.com and DirecTV." When asked if it is "difficult to shift into basketball mode ... during this busy season," Eagle said, "If I have [Nets C] Brook Lopez catching a touchdown on a Sunday, I know I'm in trouble." Eagle: "I've never gotten to that point. That's the one fear of any of the guys doing multiple sports." Eagle, a Syracuse Univ. graduate, added of working multiple events, "I know there are some guys that complain, 'I've got to do this,' well, then don't take the gig." Eagle: "This is what we all dreamed of doing when we got to Syracuse, the idea that you could be at the events, and that was always my goal" (Albany TIMES UNION, 10/30).

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN: On Long Island, Neil Best writes ESPN analyst and former Mets manager Bobby Valentine and former ESPN analyst and Mets GM Steve Phillips, who was recently dropped by the net, working together on the ESPN set "would have been a delicious, outside-the-lines subplot at the World Series." Valentine: "I was really looking forward to it. I thought we could have been a real dynamite duo." Valentine added, "The things we could have bantered about. ... It could've been a good little niche for the show" (NEWSDAY, 10/30). USA TODAY's Michael Hiestand wonders, "Will -- or should -- Steve Phillips get another shot on TV sports?" One should not "assume Phillips won't be back on-air." TNT's Marv Albert is "back as a prominent announcer" after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault in '97. Harold Reynolds also was fired in '06 by ESPN after the net alleged that he had "repeated 'sexual misconduct' with staffers and an intern," but he is "now big on MLB Network." Hiestand writes Phillips as a result of his highly-publicized affair with a production assistant is "now much more well-known -- a big plus in TV -- but now needs to seem hugely repentant" (USA TODAY, 10/30).

ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: In Miami, Barry Jackson awards his "Best TV rookies" award to NBC studio analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison. While ESPN's Jon Gruden has a "commanding TV presence," Harrison and Dungy provide "refreshing candor in NBC's studio." ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski also has a "more critical edge than Gruden, and that sometimes translates into sharper analysis" (MIAMI HERALD, 10/30).

PERSONNEL MOVES: The GLOBE & MAIL's Bruce Dowbiggin reported Rogers Sportsnet's Mike Toth "has been let go." Toth has been a "featured host for Sportsnet's Connected newscasts, but lately had been spending more time doing radio with The Fan 590 and posting to Sportsnet.ca" (GLOBESPORTS.com, 10/28)....CSN Chicago has informed former Blackhawks studio host Josh Mora, "whose contract is up in February, that it won't be re-signing him" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 10/25)....Former NHLer Jeremy Roenick will be a "regular contributor" to TSN's "Off The Record" (TORONTO STAR, 10/30).  

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