With live sports suspended indefinitely, broadcasters have added free time on their hands. We’ve seen announcers offer to hone their skills by commentating on fan submitted videos. Now, Washington D.C. based broadcasters are stepping up to use their voices for coronavirus relief.
Comprised of fourteen local broadcasters from the Washington Capitals, D.C. United, Nationals, Redskins and Wizards, the group announced their initiative, Voices of D.C. Sports: Helping to Feed the City.
For a minimum donation of $25, the sportscasters will use the personalized video shoutout platform Cameo, to send requested messages to fans. Instead of taking the profits paid out by Cameo for themselves, the participating broadcasters will donate the proceeds to benefit DC Central Kitchen, the Capital Area Food Bank and Martha’s Table.
“We didn’t want it to be anything outrageous,” Capitals radio play-by-play voice John Walton said in an interview with The Washington Post. “We wanted a lot of people to be able to do it. We’re cut off from the fans just like they’re cut off from us. It’s something that we can do that would be fun for people out there who probably need a smile, and at the same time raise money for the people who need it the most. There are a lot of people in this town who are doing hero’s work. We want to help give them the tools to keep doing that.”
Participating broadcasters include:
Joe Beninati, NBC Sports Washington Capitals play-by-play announcer
Al Koken, NBC Sports Washington Capitals reporter and host
Craig Laughlin, NBC Sports Washington Capitals analyst
Alan May, NBC Sports Washington Capitals studio analyst
John Walton, Capitals Radio play-by-play announcer
Dave Jageler, Nationals Radio play-by-play announcer
FP Santangelo, MASN Nationals color analyst
Charlie Slowes, Nationals Radio, play-by-play announcer
Larry Michael, Washington Redskins play-by-play announcer
Caron Butler, NBC Sports Washington Wizards analyst
Glenn Consor, NBC Sports Washington and Wizards Radio analyst
Drew Gooden – NBC Sports Washington Wizards color analyst
Dave Johnson, Wizards Radio play-by-play broadcaster
D.C. United play-by-play announcer
Justin Kutcher, NBC Sports Washington Wizards play-by-play announcer
Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set
“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”
Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.
The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.
Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.
“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”
Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.
Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.
Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.
Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock
“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”
Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.
According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.
Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.
The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.
The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.
Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast
“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’
First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.
No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.
Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.
McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.
“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.”
In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.
There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.