SBD/September 9, 2011/Media
People & Personalities: Pam Shriver Making Her Name As ESPN's Tennis Analyst
Published September 9, 2011
FANTASY GURU: In L.A., Tom Hoffarth writes NFL Network "Total Access" co-host Lindsay Soto is “a fantasy football geek” who “cringed when she said she's an owner in six fantasy leagues.” By “knowing all there is to know about the NFL, she's much more entrenched in her role and can talk off the top of her head easier about stats, injuries, roster moves and past performances.” Soto: "You find yourself up on players who aren't so much the bigger names, but you need to know about. It's become a fun way to do your normal research. Honestly, by doing it my depth of knowledge is a byproduct” (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 9/9).
FIRST IMPRESSION: In Miami, Barry Jackson wrote if former CNN reporter Rick Sanchez’s debut as FIU’s radio analyst “was designed to be a parody of Rick Sanchez and awful announcing, it would have been dead-on -- so unspeakably bad and unintentionally amusing that it sounded, at times, like a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit.” Sanchez “seemed determined to sabotage play-by-play man Tony Calatayud’s call of last week’s opener by interrupting him repeatedly or shouting childbirth-type sounds over him.” Sanchez’s call “was a carnival of clichés,” and his commentary was “master-of-the-obvious stuff” (MIAMIHERALD.com, 9/8).
NOTES: The Coyotes named Matt McConnell the club’s play-by-play announcer. McConnell for the past two seasons has been the Thrashers' TV voice (Coyotes)….In N.Y., Phil Mushnick writes Steve Cangialosi -- Doc Emrick’s backup on MSG’s Devils telecasts -- "will soon be named the Devils’ full-timer" (N.Y. POST, 9/9)….Rogers Sportsnet announced Scott Morrison will appear as an insider for the network’s “Hockeycentral” on the company’s AM radio stations, as a feature writer for Sportsnet magazine and as a contributor to sportsnet.ca (Rogers Sportsnet)….ESPN has hired Jamison Hensley as an AFC North blogger for its NFL Blog Network. Hensley most recently was the Ravens beat reporter for the Baltimore Sun (ESPN).