In Boston, Chad Finn writes CBS' Tony Romo has become the most "buzzed-about NFL broadcasting newcomer since John Madden." Romo has "come across as a natural" since his first regular-season broadcast, when he "broke out his crystal ball" in predicting numerous plays. Romo’s "stellar first season in the booth concludes Sunday" with the AFC Championship. Romo's recent "proximity to an NFL huddle, casual candor, easy humor, and genuine, unforced energy make him the ideal game-day companion." Romo has been such a "rousing success that it might be easy to forget that CBS was downright daring in putting him in such a prominent role right away" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/19).
TURNING UP: Turner Sports and The Spring League, which is "moving to Austin this year, have announced a two-year deal to broadcast all games for the three-week pro football development camp." Turner Sports VP/Communications Nate Smeltz said that the games will be "delivered by a new live streaming service Turner Sports is creating." The Spring League is an American football minor league that begins in March with "approximately 150 players divided into four teams" (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 1/19).