In Dallas, Matt Mosley wrote CBS' Tony Romo is "having too much fun in the booth" and likely would not return to the NFL if the Packers asked him to play QB in wake of Aaron Rodgers' injury. Romo is "not going to put CBS in that position." Maybe he would have given it "some thought if he was struggling early in his broadcasting career ... but that's clearly not happening." He is being "universally praised," and there is "no reason to mess with that." Romo will "love that fans are clamoring for him to return to the field ... but he will remain in the booth" (DALLASNEWS.com, 10/17).
WE CAN WORK IT OUT: Washington AD Jennifer Cohen said that she "got a phone call last week" from ESPN Senior VP/College Sports Programming & Events Pete Derzis "offering an apology" for the net's handling of the Cal-UW game on Oct. 7. Cohen said that she was "'extremely disappointed' in the tone of the broadcast" on ESPN during UW's 38-7 win and seemed "particularly irked at the use of cupcakes to depict Washington’s nonconference opponents." She said that Derzis made an "assurance that it had been dealt with and wouldn’t happen again" (SEATTLE TIMES, 10/18).
NOTES: ESPN signed former coaches Tom Crean, John Thompson III and Jimmy Dykes, as well as former NBAers Caron Butler and Robbie Hummel, as commentators for the upcoming college basketball season (ESPN)....Officials for Sunday's Kansas-Missouri men's basketball exhibition at Sprint Center said that it will "not be broadcast live on TV or streamed." Ticket proceeds from the game will go to hurricane relief efforts, and each team will "have its own radio broadcast" (KANSASCITY.com, 10/17).