SBD/February 9, 2011/Media

People & Personalities: Ortegel Officially Out Of Mavericks Radio Broadcast Team

Ortegel had been appearing on Mavs
broadcasts for last 23 years
ESPN DALLAS’ Tim MacMahon reported Mavericks TV analyst Bob Ortegel will "no longer be part” of the team’s broadcasts. Ortegel confirmed that he “was given other options to remain with the organization, including working as the color commentator on the ESPN 103.3 radio broadcasts,” but he declined. Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban “made the decision to pull Ortegel off the team’s television broadcasts, replacing him with a rotation” of former Mavericks players Derek Harper and Brad Davis. Ortegel’s last game was Rockets-Mavericks on Jan. 27 (, 2/8). Ortegel “had been part of the Mavericks’ broadcast team for 23 years.” Cuban said that “a fresher look to the telecast is the goal” (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 2/9).
CUBS APPEAR TO BE DOWN TO TWO: In Chicago, Toni Ginnetti notes the Cubs’ search for a new radio analyst to replace the late Ron Santo “apparently has come down to Dave Otto and Keith Moreland, both former Cubs who have worked in the booth as fill-ins when Santo was sidelined.” Otto “worked as Santo’s most frequent substitute,” and “spent two seasons on the television side working with Chip Caray in 2001 and 2002 when Steve Stone was on a medical leave.” Moreland “has been the baseball broadcast analyst for his alma mater, the University of Texas, for 16 seasons and for Texas football for nine seasons.” A decision “may be a week or more away” (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 2/9).

NOT DWELLING IN THE PAST: CBS NFL analyst Phil Simms said that he “doesn’t want to discuss his dustup with ESPN's Desmond Howard at a Super Bowl event and doesn't want 'to drag it on.'” Simms: "I'm sorry it happened; I really am. Even if it remained private, there's still nothing to be gained" (USA TODAY, 2/9). Howard after the confrontation “put up a series of tweets explaining the incident,” and Sirius XM Radio’s Chris Russo yesterday asked Simms if he “was annoyed by that.” Simms: “Well, of course I am. But it is what it is. It’s a great lesson learned. I’m not excusing myself. I’ve got to know better. It’s a new day and age” (N.Y. POST, 2/9).

BEST WISHES: In Cleveland, Mary Schmitt Boyer noted Cavaliers radio announcer Joe Tait “was able to move home to continue his rehabilitation from heart surgery and other health problems.” It is unknown “whether he will be able to return to the broadcast booth this season as he has hoped” (, 2/8).
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