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People & Personalities: ESPN Announces College Football Broadcast Teams
Published July 22, 2011
SUNDAY NIGHT SUCCESS: In Boston, Chad Finn writes ESPN's Bobby Valentine "brings as much insight as any baseball analyst currently working on the national stage." Valentine and fellow analysts Orel Hershiser and Dan Shulman replaced Joe Morgan and John Miller on "Sunday Night Baseball." Finn writes Valentine "recognizes and fights to correct his main flaw, something the stubborn and out-of-touch Morgan couldn't or refused to do." The "result is that the new crew has proven to be a refreshing upgrade over" Morgan and Miller (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/22). Also in Boston, Bob Ryan writes Hershiser "has been great from Day One, and if Bobby Valentine can curb his instinct to tell us everything he knows about every topic, they can become a great ESPN 'Sunday Night Baseball' institution" (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/22).
HOCKEY PERSONALITIES: Rogers Sportsnet hired Flames radio pregame and postgame host Rob Kerr as its announcer for Flames telecasts on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet Flames. Kerr will team with analyst Charlie Simmer and host Roger Millions (Rogers Sportsnet). Kerr, who served eight years in the radio role, "will take over for Peter Loubardias, who was let go last week by Sportsnet" (CALGARY HERALD, 7/21)....In Phoenix, Jim Gintonio cited an NHL source as saying that Coyotes TV announcer Dave Strader is "expected to leave his position and accept a job with NBC/Versus." Strader served as an announcer for ESPN's NHL broadcasts from '96-04 (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 7/20)....Sabres G Patrick Lalime is retiring and "will become an analyst" on Senators TV broadcasts. Lalime "is to work 15 Senators games" on French-language network RDS next season "as well as contributing to other hockey shows" (BUFFALONEWS.com, 7/20).