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SBD/Issue 238/Sports Media
Published August 25, 2010
CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus said that the U.S. Open would be broadcast in 3D, though it will be available only to viewers who own Panasonic enabled TV sets and who receive DirecTV. DirecTV has a U.S. Open package, so the CBS feed will be available in 3D for those with the Panasonic sets. The tournament gets underway on Monday (Daniel Kaplan, SportsBusiness Journal). CBS Sports Senior VP/Operations & Production Ken Aagaard indicated that the net "plans to produce the middle weekend ... and the final weekend" in 3D. The coverage will be "broadcast on DirecTV's 'n3D' channel, which is sponsored by Panasonic, and there are ongoing discussions about distribution via other pay-TV outlets" (BROADCASTINGCABLE.com, 8/24).
EYES ON THE PRIZE: CBS Sports yesterday released its NFL broadcast pairings for the '10 season, and play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle is now on the No. 3 team, replacing Dick Enberg, who currently is working Padres games. Eagle is paired with analyst Dan Fouts, who was Enberg's partner last year (CBS Sports).
CBS NFL BROADCAST PAIRINGS
|Greg Gumbel||Dan Dierdorf|
|Ian Eagle||Dan Fouts|
|Kevin Harlan||Solomon Wilcots|
|Gus Johnson||Steve Tasker|
|Bill Macatee||Rich Gannon|
|Don Criqui||Steve Beuerlein|
|Spero Dedes||Randy Cross|
PEOPLE & PERSONALITIES: The Oilers have tabbed ECHL Alaska Aces announcer Jack Michaels as their new radio play-by-play announcer, replacing Rod Phillips. Phillips is "retiring after 37 years at the microphone, except for 10 selected games he'll call this season against some of the Oilers longtime playoff foes" (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 8/25)....Columbia State reporter Joe Person is moving to fellow McClatchy newspaper the Charlotte Observer to cover the NFL Panthers. Josh Kendall will replace Person as the State's Univ. of South Carolina football beat writer (THESTATE.com, 8/25).
THE AFTER PARTY: NESN on September 3 will premiere "After The Game," a new lifestyle program produced by Linda Pizzuti Henry, wife of Red Sox Owner John Henry. The show offers an inside look at athletes' homes, followed by a look at the charities that they are passionate about (NESN).