People & Personalities: Could Tebow Turn ESPN Gig Into Long-Lasting Broadcast Career?
SI.com's Richard Deitsch wrote the longer SEC Network analyst Tim Tebow "stays off the field and the more comfortable he gets in the studio and at game sites, you might start to see him morph more into a full-time broadcaster." SEC Net anchor Joe Tessitore said, "He has told our producers that he wants constant feedback, he wants to be coached, and he wants to be great at TV. He calls and texts me non-stop to discuss every detail of everything we're doing." Tessitore added that Tebow has "taken the lead on many of the SEC Network production calls and meetings and that he cares deeply about his on-air performance." Tebow has a multi-year deal with ESPN, and "along with his work as an analyst for SEC Nation, he’ll be on a variety of ESPN platforms including SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, and the network's Heisman Trophy coverage." Given ESPN’s "fondness for all things Tebow, the network would love to use him in as many arenas as possible" (SI.com, 8/25).
GET WELL SOON: In Phoenix, Paola Boivin noted FS Arizona viewers "were perplexed" when Coyotes and D-Backs host Todd Walsh "didn't appear on the air for nearly a month." But it "turns out Walsh is battling the aftermath of a frightening concussion" following a July car accident (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 8/24).
KNIGHT & DAY: In Orlando, Mike Bianchi noted UCF radio play-by-play announcer Marc Daniels is getting ready to "start his 20th season" on the job. Daniels is "woven into the fabric of his program by shared experiences with fans and players and coaches over months and years and decades." Daniels has been the "eyes and ears of fans at hundreds of games spanning thousands of miles" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/24).
NOTES: FS Detroit Tigers and Red Wings reporter Shannon Hogan is joining MSG Network as its Islanders beat reporter, succeeding Peter Ruttgaizer (NEWSDAY, 8/26)....Sources said that Vancouver-based CKST-AM Canucks and B.C. Lions play-by-play announcer Rick Ball "will be leaving" to take "a similar position with Rogers Sportsnet in Calgary, where he'll call Flames TV games in the coming season" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 8/26).