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SBD/February 6, 2013/Media
People & Personalities: Dick Vitale To Call Final Four Games For ESPN Int'l
Published February 6, 2013
ON SECOND THOUGHT: CBSSPORTS.com's Mike Freeman wrote Ravens LB Ray Lewis "won't be good on television in the role executives will want him to play." Lewis speaks the "language of inspiration, not the language of coach-speak." Freeman: "Diagramming the cover-two isn't what Lewis does. Talking about Green Bay covering the spread isn't Lewis." Lewis also "isn't a polished speaker, he's a raw one." What Lewis "can do, more than anything, is save football careers. Maybe even save lives." The NFL should "hire Lewis, not a network." Freeman: "Give him a position in the league office" (CBSSPORTS.com, 2/5).
BLUE SKIES: Former MLBer Jack Morris will be an analyst for Rogers Sportsnet's Blue Jays broadcasts in '13. Morris will join CJCL-AM for radio broadcasts and also will make appearances on Sportsnet game telecasts and "Blue Jays Central" (Sportsnet). In Toronto, Brendan Kennedy notes Morris will "replace Alan Ashby" in the booth. Sportsnet also announced that it will be "broadcasting all of the Jays' spring-training games by one medium or another, including six telecasts" (TORONTO STAR, 2/6).
SMOOTH OPERATORS: The Chicago Tribune's David Haugh said it is a "good sign" that White Sox announcers Ken Harrelson and Steve Stone are working out their differences, as viewers "did sense some uncomfortable moments and there ... was some sort of friction there." Comcast SportsNet's David Kaplan said, “If you’re doing one game a week you’ll get through it because you call the game. ... If you are doing 150, you better really get along” ("Chicago Tribune Live," Comcast SportsNet Chicago, 2/5).