NBC announced their roster for its Super Bowl coverage beginning Sunday February 4th at noon. Bob Costas, still employed by NBC, has not worked an NFL broadcast this season, but with Mike Tirico’s unavailability due to Olympic responsibilities, some thought Costas would be needed at the Super Bowl.
The game broadcast will be in the hands of 32 year NFL play-by-play announcer Al Michaels and analyst Cris Collinsworth, joined by sideline reporter Michele Tafoya. Super Bowl LII’s pre-game show will be hosted by Dan Patrick and co-host Liam McHugh. Patrick and McHugh will work alongside a cast of analysts and reporters including Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio, Paul Burmeister, Kathryn Tappen and Randy Moss. Recently announced surprise guest, Dale Earnhardt Jr., will make his NBC debut, contributing to the network’s Super Bowl LII pre-game show.
It’s easy for NBC to say Costas isn’t involved because he hasn’t worked on their NFL broadcast the entire season, but it’s also hard to believe Costas isn’t involved due to his comments on the NFL during a November roundtable discussion. During the event involving high-profile journalists at the University of Maryland, Costas stated “the reality is that this game destroys people’s brains.”
NBC certainly could have found use for Costas during a six hour pre-game show for the Super Bowl. When a network has access to a personality as popular and recognizable as Bob Costas, they usually make sure to put him in front of an audience that will be large and broad, such as the Super Bowl.
The decision could have been NBC’s, the NFL’s, or even a mutual decision with Bob Costas himself. Had Costas joined NBC on Sunday February 4th in celebration of the National Football League, everyone involved would have appeared hypocritical.
Both NBC and Bob Costas made the following comments regarding the hall-of-fame broadcaster’s absence from the Super Bowl.
“Dan and Liam have served as hosts for our NFL pregame/studio shows on Sunday nights and Thursday nights, respectively, throughout the season and will continue on Super Bowl Sunday,” NBC said in a statement.
“Dan and Liam have done the job hosting NBC’s NFL coverage all season. It wouldn’t be right for me to parachute in and do the Super Bowl,” Costas said.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Notre Dame AD: NBC Deal With Big Ten is “Perfect” For Irish
“But it’s also perfect for Notre Dame,” Swarbrick said.
While not official, there has been strong reporting that the Big Ten conference has decided which broadcast entities would be awarded media rights for their football and basketball games. One of those partners appears to be NBC who also has a partnership with Notre Dame thru 2025.
On Wedneday, Notre Dame’s Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick held a live chat for the school’s alumni association. On that chat, the subject of the recent Big Ten media rights deal came up. He praised Commissioner Kevin Warren and called the Big Ten’s strategy brilliant and added that it’s great for college football because it gives networks inventory and now an incentive to produce around it. He also said when the value of the deals was announced, it’d be “pretty amazing” for the conference.
He then discussed how it fit with Notre Dame’s outlook on television media rights.
“But it’s also perfect for Notre Dame,” Swarbrick said. “We need NBC to have more college football to more effectively promote our games and to talk about our games and to have NBC be seen in that light. So that was great for us that they got a big piece of this.”
Louis Riddick Signs Contract Extension With ESPN
He will be on the network’s Thursday night college football package.
Football analyst Louis Riddick has signed a new extension to continue his career with ESPN.
The network made the announcement on Wednesday when announcing their broadcast teams for the 2022 college football season. In that release, it was revealed that Riddick would be returning to the college football booth for the first time since 2019.
He will be on the network’s Thursday night college football package and be partnered with play-by-play commentator Matt Barrie and Harry Lyles Jr.
It was announced earlier this summer that Riddick would also be in the booth for ESPN’s preseason NFL action. He’ll also be in the booth for three weeks that ESPN has multiple games in that week.
Riddick’s first college football game assignment will be the Backyard Brawl game between West Virginia and Pittsburgh and the latter has already noted their excitement.
ESPN Adds Aaron Murray, Re-Signs Beth Mowins For College Football Coverage
Mowins provides play-by-play on college basketball and softball, and has been the Voice of the Women’s College World Series for more than two decades.
ESPN announced the hiring of Aaron Murray to its analyst roster.
Murray, a former quarterback at Georgia and most recently an analyst with CBS Sports Network, will call a handful of games on the SEC Network. He’ll also appear on some of the network’s studio programming.
ESPN also announced the re-signing of play-by-play commentator Beth Mowins to a multi-year deal. In addition to football, Mowins provides play-by-play on college basketball and softball, and has been the Voice of the Women’s College World Series for more than two decades.
ESPN announced the broadcast crews for its college football coverage as well.
|ABC Saturday Night Football||Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Holly Rowe|
|ESPN Saturday Night Primetime||Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Molly McGrath|
|ESPN and ABC Saturday||Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Katie George|
|ESPN and ABC Saturday||Mark Jones, Robert Griffin III, Quint Kessenich|
|ESPN and ABC Saturday||Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek, Tom Luginbill|
|ESPN and ABC Saturday||Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Kris Budden|
|ESPN and ABC Saturday||Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Tiffany Blackmon|
|ESPN and ESPN2 Saturday||Anish Shroff, Brock Osweiler, Taylor McGregor|
|ESPN and ESPN2 Saturday||Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Stormy Buonantony|
|ESPN Thursday||Matt Barrie, Louis Riddick, Harry Lyles Jr.|
|ESPN and ESPN2 Friday||Roy Philpott, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra|
|ESPN and ESPN2 Saturday||Brian Custer, Dustin Fox, Lauren Sisler|
|SEC Saturday Night||Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic|
|ACC Network Primetime||Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Kelsey Riggs|
|SEC Network||Dave Neal, Deuce McAllister, Andraya Carter|
|SEC Network||Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang|
|ACC Network||Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Taylor Davis|
|ACC Network||Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Lericia Harris|
|ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday||Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Dawn Davenport|
|ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday||Kevin Brown, Hutson Mason|
|ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday||John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia|
|ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday||Drew Carter, TBD|
|ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday||Connor Onion, Craig Haubert|
|Longhorn Network||Lowell Galindo, Sam Acho, Alex Chappell|
|ESPNU Thursday – HBCU||Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker|
|ESPN Radio||Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer, Ian FitzsimmonsMike Couzens, Max Starks|