The 2022 edition of MLB The Show has a new voice doing play-by-play with Jon “Boog” Sciambi taking over for Matt Vasgersian.
This year’s game should have a familiar sound for baseball fans as Sciambi is paired Chris Singleton, his Sunday Night Baseball broadcast partner on ESPN Radio. And for those who don’t usually listen to the duo, commentary should still be comfortable and smooth.
Sciambi appeared on 670 The Score’s Parkins & Spiegel to talk about the new gig, which has been two-and-a-half years in the making, thanks to the pandemic. The broadcaster said that he recorded over 200 hours of audio to get in all the player names, types of plays, and other sorts of commentary that might typically be in a game broadcast.
Parkins noted all of that sounds tedious. While Sciambi said he enjoyed the people he worked with, he eventually agreed that recording all sorts of calls, which can vary based on the score or the situation, did require many reps.
“I was blown away by how many permutations of a call that I had to do, and how many versions,” said Sciambi. “You know, low-leverage, medium-leverage, high-leverage. They wanted me coming out of my shoes. I gotta call a home run in a World Series game and a 10-1 game. And a 10-7 game, and a 10-9 game.
“Most of it was done with a script or with my ability to change the script… We did 200 hours and they clipped some of our broadcasts. Some of it is from Chris Singleton and Jon Sciambi calling games together. Most of it is 200 hours that is generally scripted, but if I said I wouldn’t say that, they said ‘Don’t say it.'”
Sciambi also demonstrated the many different ways that he would have to say a player’s name. For instance, saying a name during a basic play versus telling a story. Or in an exclamation on a major play.
Being the voice of a sports video game is a prestigious gig. A whole contingent of fans and gamers who might not follow Major League Baseball closely, but enjoy playing MLB The Show will identify Sciambi’s voice with the sport. Possibly for years to come. But there’s certainly a whole lot of work that goes into it that fans and gamers might not fully appreciate.
Poll Data Shows Tepid Response To Tom Brady Joining FOX
“A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.”
FOX Sports reportedly signed Tom Brady to a 10-year deal worth $375 million to make the seven-time Super Bowl champion the new lead analyst for its top NFL broadcast once his playing career is over.
A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.
The poll said 2 in 5 NFL fans have a better opinion of FOX Sports following the deal, with 41% of NFL fans being at least somewhat more likely to watch a game with Brady as an analyst.
Data shows one-third of NFL fans think the deal Brady reportedly agreed to is worth about the same as its reported value.
That reaction could probably be described as “tepid”. That may be exactly what FOX expects and maybe all it wants.
Last week, Domonique Foxworth of ESPN suggested that the paycheck is less about what the network thinks Tom Brady means to viewers and more about showing the NFL that the network values its product.
FOX Not Interested In Joining Streaming Sports Wars
“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take?”
The CEO of FOX doesn’t plan on forking over billions of dollars to be people’s last choice for paid streaming services.
Lachlan Murdoch said at a time when more than 80% of American homes already have some kind of paid streaming service, it’s not worthwhile to jump on that train.
Amazon, Netflix and Disney+ typically account for the average streaming presence in a household.
“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take,” Murdoch said at a tech conference earlier this year. “And so the billions of dollars that’s being spent by multiple aspirants is all for that last position. And so we are extraordinarily — I want to say that — we’re happy to be sort of sitting on the sidelines.”
Murdoch told Benjamin Swinburne that when it comes to the NFL, FOX’s media rights are the same as CBS, NBC and ESPN. The main focus for the company remains on keeping games on TV.
“We don’t believe it helps us to put those rights under a streaming service or free on over-the-air. We think it’s very important that those rights remain exclusive to the broadcast environment,” Murdoch said.
FOX does stream games through its app, but it is only the games it is also carrying on its broadcast network or FS1.
NBA Draft To Get Simulcast From ESPN & ABC
“This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.”
ESPN is set for the 2022 NBA Draft coming up on June 23 at 8 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The network announced Wednesday the crews that will handle coverage on both ESPN and ABC.
ABC will broadcast the first round in primetime. Kevin Negandhi will host and will be joined by Stephen A. Smith, Chiney Ogwumike and Jalen Rose. Monica McNutt will be reporting and interviewing draftees.
This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.
Malika Andrews will host both rounds for ESPN. Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski will share the set. Analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz will contribute.
“We’re thrilled that Malika Andrews will host this year’s ESPN presentation as she brings her well-documented, widespread skillset to our main set,” said David Roberts, head of NBA and Studio Production for ESPN. “The event will showcase the scope and depth of our NBA and college basketball talent roster with accomplished journalists and high-profile personalities across ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio.”
ESPN will air a pre-draft red carpet show hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth from 5-6 p.m. Perkins and Richard Jefferson will also make appearances.