SBD/June 11, 2014/Media

Former NESN Reporter Jenny Dell Lands With CBS Sports, Will Work NFL Sideline

Dell is one of three sideline reporters CBS will use this season for NFL telecasts
Jenny Dell, who became a "popular TV presence" in Boston during her two years as NESN's Red Sox reporter, has "landed with CBS Sports, where she'll serve as a sideline reporter during its NFL coverage this season," according to Chad Finn of the BOSTON GLOBE. Dell is "one of three sideline reporters" the network will use this season. Tracy Wolfson will "join the No. 1 broadcast team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms in the chief sideline role." Dell and Evan Washburn will "work with other announcer pairings, presumably including new No. 2 team Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts." While Dell's relationship with Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks was "presumed to be a reason for her departure" it was "not the entire reason." Sources said that NESN management "was frustrated" that Dell, who "improved greatly during her time at NESN, drew interest from Turner Sports and Fox Sports 1 and was considering breaking her contract" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/11). Meanwhile, in Albany, Pete Dougherty notes CBS Sports Network's Andrew Catalon "was appointed as one of this season's NFL play-by-play announcers by CBS" and will "work a full season of weekly games with analysts Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein." Catalon said, "It's the only three-man booth on the roster. It will bring a different, unique dynamic to it each week. I've had experience working in a three-man booth with Steve Lappas and Doug Gottlieb during (college) basketball, so I enjoy it." Catalon has "spent the past year as lead college football and basketball voice" for CBSSN. He "reworked his contract last week to reflect his new CBS assignments, which will include college basketball for CBS and CBSSN, Masters and PGA Championship golf coverage for DirecTV and online channels, and U.S. Open tennis for CBSSN" (Albany TIMES UNION, 6/11).

CBS NFL ANNOUNCER PAIRINGS FOR '14
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Tracy Wolfson
Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts
Greg Gumbel/Trent Green
Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
Spero Dedes/Solomon Wilcots
Andrew Catalon/Steve Beuerlein/Steve Tasker
 

NOTE
: NFL coverage also will include play-by-play announcers Brian Anderson and Tom McCarthy, as well as analysts Adam Archuleta and Chris Simms (CBS).
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