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Published September 15, 2010
TBS yesterday announced the on-air talent for its MLB League Division Series and AL Championship Series telecasts. The ALCS team will consist of play-by-play man Ernie Johnson joined by analysts Ron Darling and John Smoltz, who also will team up for some LDS games. Matt Winer will host studio coverage alongside analysts Dennis Eckersley, Cal Ripken and David Wells. Craig Sager, Marc Fein, David Aldridge and SI's Tom Verducci will serve as reporters during the ALDS and NLDS. See the chart below for additional LDS talent (TBS).
PHOENIX RISING: In Phoenix, Peter Corbett reports the city of Scottsdale is "working on a deal" to have ESPN broadcast "College GameDay" from the Scottsdale Waterfront on Jan. 3-7 before moving to Univ. of Phoenix Stadium for the Jan. 10 BCS National Championship game. ESPN will air the Fiesta Bowl, also played at Univ. of Phoenix Stadium, on Jan. 1 (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 9/15).
WE GOT FREE APPS: CBSSports.com has released its new pro football application for the iPad. "CBS Sports Pro Football," a free application, will include live scores, a graphical GameTracker, news, standings, statistics, video previews and recaps, and other content, as well as full integration with CBS Sports' fantasy football leagues. The application has immediately risen to No. 7 among the most-downloaded free applications in iTunes' App Store (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal).
COMING & GOING: ESPN has hired boxer Juan Manuel Marquez as an analyst for "Golpe a Golpe," ESPN Deportes' weekly boxing news show that airs every Friday night (ESPN)....Juan Roque has "left his job as college football analyst" for FS Arizona. Roque said that he has "no hard feelings toward Fox, he just felt it was time to move on" (AZCENTRAL.com, 9/13).