People & Personalities: Caron Butler Will Contribute To Wizards' Booth
In DC, Scott Allen noted former NBAer Caron Butler is "expected to call roughly 20 Wizards games" this season for NBC Sports Washington while "continuing to contribute to Turner Sports' NBA coverage." Butler said that he "owes his interest in broadcasting" to former longtime Wizards TV analyst Phil Chenier. Butler said, "I fell in love with the interviewing process." The RSN also is bringing back former Wizards F Drew Gooden to Wizards broadcasts, and station VP & GM Damon Phillips said, "We've been able to go back about 15 years into Wizards history, with two of the most popular players of this era working our games" (WASHINGTON POST, 8/15).
ESPN COMINGS & GOINGS: ESPN has hired former Raiders and Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio as an analyst. His first appearance is set to be Friday afternoon on "NFL Live." Del Rio will "appear on various programs as well as analyze some games on ESPN Radio during the season" (AP, 8/15). Meanwhile, ESPN Yankees reporter Coley Harvey announced on Twitter he is leaving the net for Fox, where he will "do Big Ten Network reporting, while also doing Fox Sports college football and basketball work" (N.Y. POST, 8/15).
NOTES: Longtime UCF broadcaster Jerry O'Neill announced his retirement Wednesday after 24 years as the school's "pre-game host and sideline reporter." Scott Adams will "take over as pre-game host and sideline reporter for the broadcasts." Former NFLer and UCF alum Leger Douzable also will "join the broadcasting team" this season (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/15)....NESN has hired Sportsnet's Sophia Jurksztowicz as its "rinkside reporter on Bruins' broadcasts." Jurksztowicz "fills the spot vacated when Alex Kraemer's contract was not renewed at the conclusion of last season" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/14)....George Plaster has "parted ways" with Nashville-based WSM-AM, after the station had "launched his weekday afternoon call-in drive show 'Sports Night' on July 15." Plaster this spring resigned as an Associate AD at Belmont Univ. to start the show. He now "plans to start a podcast" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 8/14).