SBD/September 9, 2010/Sports Media

People & Personalities: Nationals Not Commenting On Dibble

A Nationals spokesperson yesterday, when asked about former MASN analyst Rob Dibble, said that the team will "make no further comment beyond what was said last week -- that Dibble would not be broadcasting games going forward." In DC, Leonard Shapiro noted Dibble "clearly had plenty of passionate supporters, judging from the number of comments posted to last week's column as well as many e-mails and telephone calls." The Nationals "at least owe some sort of explanation to their fans about a popular broadcaster who also was obviously highly controversial, but also extremely entertaining to many viewers." Shapiro noted fans should not "be surprised if the Nationals use the final month of the season to slip a potential candidate for Dibble's old job into the booth" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 9/8).

WELCOME HOME: In Ottawa, Bruce Garrioch reported Rogers Sportsnet Tuesday announced that former NHL Panthers TV analyst Denis Potvin will serve as an analyst "on 52 Senators' TV broadcasts this season." Potvin, who was let go by the Panthers last year "for financial reasons," was born in Hull, Ontario, and is "one of the best players to put on an Ottawa 67's uniform." Potvin played five seasons with the OHL club (OTTAWA SUN, 9/8). Potvin replaces Garry Galley, "who has become a 'Hockey Night in Canada' regular" (OTTAWA CITIZEN, 9/8). Meanwhile, MSG named Butch Goring TV analyst for Islanders games. The former Islanders coach and C has served as an analyst on the net's "Hockey Night Live!" show since '07. He will be joined in the booth this season by play-by-play announcer Howie Rose (MSG). 

OUT OF THE  BULLPEN: In Cincinnati, John Kiesewetter noted neither Reds TV announcers Thom Brennaman nor Paul Keels were "available this week" for the team's series against the Rockies, so FS Ohio paired analyst Chris Welsh and Jeff Brantley "for the first time." FS Ohio VP Tom Farmer said that the net does not like "switching announcers in the middle of a series, so for continuity" Welsh and Brantley called the entire series. With the "start of football season, Brennaman and Keels also won't be available this weekend," so former Reds broadcaster George Grande "will come out of retirement" for Saturday's Pirates-Reds game on the 25th anniversary of Pete Rose's 4,192nd hit (CINCINNATI.com, 9/7).

REPORT FROM THE SIDELINES: FSN Pittsburgh has hired FS Arizona sideline reporter Lacee Collins as a reporter. Collins will serve as a reporter for live events including Pirates, Penguins and high school football games (FSN).

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