SBD/May 13, 2011/Media

People & Personalities: Carillo Joins Tennis Channel For French, U.S. Opens

Carillo joining Tennis Channel for
next two Grand Slam events
Tennis analyst Mary Carillo has joined Tennis Channel for the French Open and the U.S. Open. Carillo will host the net's live tournament desk, conduct interviews, offer analysis and do occasional play-by-play. Carillo will also produce human interest stories and segments (Tennis Channel). MULTICHANNEL NEWS' Mike Reynolds notes the agreement with Tennis Channel "pairs her with John McEnroe ... for the first time on the dedicated network's air." McEnroe "has been a part of the network's Paris team since 2007." Carillo as part of the deal "retains her tennis analyst gigs for CBS and NBC" (MULTICHANNEL.com, 5/13). In Albany, Pete Dougherty noted Carillo previously parted ways with ESPN "in what was reported as a mutual decision." Tennis Channel is "relegated mostly to second-tier matches, where Carillo's impact won't be felt, but it's better than having her not working at all" (TIMESUNION.com, 5/12).

EYES SET ON MARV?
In N.Y., Bob Raissman cites sources as saying that TNT NBA analyst Marv Albert is "talking to CBS about joining the network to work both NFL football and college basketball." Albert "would be adding those gigs to his TNT play-by-play work." If Albert "does sign with CBS, he would be taking the spots vacated earlier this week by Gus Johnson, who left the network to join Fox." Raissman notes Albert is "no stranger to NFL football." He "called games for NBC" and worked "MNF" on Westwood One "for seven seasons before deciding to leave the gig after" the '09 season (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/13). Albert "declined comment" on the CBS report (N.Y. POST, 5/13).

NO TOURNEY RETURN: Gus Johnson said there has been “no talk” with CBS about his returning to call NCAA men’s basketball tournament games following his move earlier this week to Fox. Johnson said, “I want to concentrate on my duties at Fox. I want to concentrate on being a good broadcaster for the Pac-12 and the Big Ten or whatever they have me do. If something like that manifests down the road, so be it." He added, "It's been a crazy ride the last month and especially the last couple weeks. I think I need to decompress ... so I can let go of some of the anxiety that's associated with making such a big life change” (“The Dan Patrick Show,” 5/12).

CBSSPORTS.COM ADDS WRITERS: CBSSports.com has hired Tony Barnhart and Brett McMurphy to cover college football for the site, and Jeff Goodman to cover college basketball. The trio hold more than 70 years combined of professional experience. Barnhart formerly was with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and already has been a college football analyst for CBS Sports. He will write exclusively for CBSSports.com. McMurphy wrote for Fanhouse.com and the Tampa Tribune, while Goodman was the senior college basketball writer at rival site FoxSports.com (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal).

WELCOME RETURN: NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy yesterday said that he "expects to return to the booth Monday after being absent since April 27 while suffering from pneumonia." In Boston, Chad Finn notes Remy "understands why some were worried" since he was "out from early May to mid August of 2009 as he battled depression and complications from lung cancer surgery." Finn: "Remy's absence was surprising because he seemed to be at his best during the season's early days. ... But the longer he was gone -- he has missed 14 games to date -- the greater the concern became" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/13).

KING KEV: Former EPL manager Kevin Keegan has signed a multiyear deal with ESPN's U.K. channel. The deal will see Keegan serve as analyst for ESPN's EPL and FA Cup broadcasts (ESPN).
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