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SBD/Issue 35/Sports Media
People & Personalities: Eagle Staying Busy With CBS, Nets Duties
Published October 30, 2009
|Eagle Can Be Heard
Regularly On CBS
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).