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ESPN's "GameDay" Starts, Ends In Ft. Worth; "Fox College Saturday" Canceled
Published July 31, 2014
OFFSEASON CONDITIONING PLAN: SI.com's Richard Deitsch wrote Fox Sports execs have "made some excellent moves during the offseason to improve" the net's college football broadcasts. Tim Brando was "brought in to call games on Thursday and Saturday," which is "an excellent hire." Fox execs also are "very high" on newcomer Dave Wannstedt after he "crushed an audition." In addition, sideline reporter Molly McGrath has "been promoted to the No. 1 broadcast team," and it is "clear from speaking to Fox Sports executives and on-air staffers that McGrath has been tabbed for big things." Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel give Fox "some much needed college football reporting gravitas." Meanwhile, the net has "abandoned" its "Fox College Saturday" pregame show "after getting crushed by GameDay both in viewership and editorial smarts." Fox instead is "considering debuting a Friday night pregame show" on FS1 that would "include a segment in Las Vegas that focuses on gambling lines" (SI.com, 7/28).