Behind the Mic: Dan Shulman To Work 30 Blue Jays Games, Cantor Re-Ups with Telemundo Through 2022
Dan Shulman will call upwards of 30 Blue Jays games on Sportsnet for the 2016 and 2017 MLB seasons, working alongside Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler. Shulman, a Toronto native, began his broadcast career at CKBB in Barrie in 1990, before moving to the FAN 1430 (now Sportsnet 590 The FAN) in 1991, where he hosted a number of shows, including Prime Time Sports. In addition to his work on Sportsnet’s Blue Jays broadcasts this season, Shulman will also make appearances on Sportsnet’s Blue Jays Central, Blue Jays Central at Noon, Tim & Sid and sportsnet.ca. Shulman and Martinez called Blue Jays broadcasts together for seven years from 1995 to 2001, and will be reunited in 2016. Shulman, Martinez and Tabler will make up a three-man broadcast booth for select games. In addition to his role with the Blue Jays on Sportsnet’s broadcast team, Shulman will continue his work with ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball and NCAA Men’s College Basketball broadcasts…
…NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises has secured the services of acclaimed soccer announcer Andrés Cantor through the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. The contract multi-year extension ensures that Cantor, known for his epic goal calls, will serve as lead broadcaster and play by play announcer for TELEMUNDO and NBC UNIVERSO, including the upcoming Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup™, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. Cantor has almost three decades of experience as a leading sports broadcaster on television and radio. He is a veteran of four successive Summer Olympic Games: Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, and the Winter Olympics Torino 2006. The Rio Summer Olympics 2016 will mark his sixth Olympic Games serving as a co-host of our coverage and lead play by play announcer for soccer. Cantor has covered every FIFA World Cup since Italy 1990…
The Dodgers have added 27-year-old Joe Davis to call 50 road games on television for SportsNet LA in 2016. Davis will call those road games with Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra and Alanna Rizzo. It is unclear how many road games, if any, Vin Scully will call in 2016, Scully’s 67th and final season. Scully in 2015 only called nine games away from Dodger Stadium – six in San Francisco and three in Anaheim. Charley Steiner will call the remainder of the road games televised by SportsNet LA in 2016 and, when he isn’t calling the game on television will continue to team with Rick Monday on the radio broadcast. Davis calls college football, college basketball and baseball games for Fox Sports, having done so since 2014. Prior to that he called college football, college basketball, hockey and softball games for ESPN for a year and a half, as well as occasional baseball for ESPN radio. Davis called the Poinsettia Bowl for ESPN in December 2013 at 25, the youngest to call a bowl game for ESPN. (True Blue LA)
… New York Liberty forward Swin Cash has been added as a Knicks studio analyst for select games during the 2015-16 season. Cash made her Knicks telecast debut on Friday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. during “Visa Knicks Game Night.” In addition, Cash is the host of “Nothing But Knicks,” the half-hour original series featuring Head Coach Derek Fisher, assistant coaches and players as they take fans on a behind-the-scenes look at the Knicks with special access to practice and film sessions. “Nothing But Knicks” airs bi-weekly on Fridays before complete coverage of the Knicks games. One of the most accomplished players in WNBA history, Cash joined the Liberty in 2014.
… Thomas Hitzlsperger, known during his professional soccer career in Germany and England as “Der Hammer,” joins FOX Sports as a contributing studio and game analyst assigned to cover Bundesliga and other high-profile European matches beginning next week with the UEFA Euro Playoffs. The announcement was made today by Jonty Whitehead, executive producer for FOX Sports’ soccer coverage. A midfielder by trade, the accomplished Hitzlsperger was a member of Germany’s 2006 World Cup team, won a Bundesliga league title with Stuttgart in 2007 and played for English Premier League clubs Aston Villa, Everton and West Ham United during his standout career…
…Bode Miller, the most decorated U.S. Olympic skier in history, will make his debut as an analyst during NBC Sports’ coverage of the “Birds of Prey” World Cup alpine skiing event from Beaver Creek Resort in Beaver Creek, Colo., December 4-6. NBC Sports alpine skiing host Dan Hicks will call “Birds of Prey” alongside Miller, with Steve Porino serving as course reporter and Todd Brooker handling interviews.
… Longtime NHL journalist and TV analyst Elliotte Friedman has been recruited to NHL Network where he will go on-air as an Insider. Friedman will continue his work for Sportsnet in Canada, but will now appear across NHL Network’s on-air programming and make his next appearance on NHL Live today at 5p. (Cynopsis Sports)…
…Tina Cervasio, sports reporter currently with FOX 5 NY and most recently at MSG Network, will join ONE World Sports beginning with this Saturday’s telecast of the New York Cosmos’ NASL Championship Semi-Final from Coney Island’s MCU Park. Starting in 2016, Cervasio will host a new New York Cosmos pre-game show and serve as the in-game reporter joining the telecast team of JP Dellacamera and Shep Messing. She will also join Ed Cohen to co-host ONE World Sports’ “NASL This Week,” the network’s weekly inside look at the NASL…
…The NASCAR on FOX will feature veteran play-by-play announcer Mike Joy and analysts Darrell Waltrip, together for their 16th season, and newcomer and four-time champion Jeff Gordon, plus new NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES play-by-play announcer Vince Welch. Veteran crew chief Larry McReynolds returns for his 16th year with the network, providing in-race analysis during each event armed with 40 years in the sport. The team is joined on pit road by reporters Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Welch and Matt Yocum. FOX broadcasts 10 of FOX Sports’ 16 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES races, while FS1 telecasts six. Chris Myers hosts FOX NASCAR SUNDAY, the network’s fast-paced prerace show from the traveling Hollywood Hotel, alongside Gordon and brothers Darrell and Michael Waltrip.
The NASCAR XFINITY SERIES returns to FOX Sports for the second consecutive season in 2016, with Adam Alexander once again handling fulltime play-by-play duties alongside analyst Michael Waltrip and a rotation of NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES drivers. In 2015, FOX Sports featured five Cup Series drivers in the XFINITY booth throughout the season, offering fans a variety of knowledgeable viewpoints. Neville, Hermie Sadler, Little, Welch and Yocum alternate to cover pit road.
For the 14th consecutive year, FS1 offers exclusive coverage of the entire NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES season. Welch, longtime pit reporter covering the Cup and XFINITY Series, moves into the Truck Series play-by-play role fulltime in 2016 with veteran analysts Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip. Welch, who also calls play-by-play for select FOX Sports college basketball games this season, pitched in to call Truck Series races on FS1 in 2015, as well as select NASCAR XFINITY SERIES races prior to joining FOX. Sadler leads pit road reporting with Yocum and Kaitlyn Vincie. FS1 telecasts 22 of the series’ 23 races live in 2016, while FOX broadcasts the October Talladega race.
NASCAR RACEDAY, FS1’s popular prerace show, continues to deliver the excitement behind-the-scenes and up-to-the-minute reports from the garage prior to the start of each Sprint Cup race. Myers, Danielle Trotta and John Roberts share hosting duties, while the entire FOX NASCAR on-air team joins analysts Kenny Wallace, Jeff Hammond and Wally Dallenbach and reporters Alan Cavanna, Andrew Doud and Vincie…
…ESPN’s 2015-16 men’s college basketball telecasts – more than 1,900 exclusive games across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN3, ESPN College Extra, SEC Network, SEC Digital Network and Longhorn Network – will showcase a deep roster of commentators. A new pairing this season is play-by-play veteran Sean McDonough and analyst Doris Burke on the ACC Big Monday package. The trio of Brent Musburger, Fran Fraschilla and Holly Rowe return to work Big 12 Big Monday games. Analyst Jay Bilas, entering his 22nd season at ESPN, will be paired with Dan Shulman and reporter Shannon Spake on the Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV game that host’s that day’s College GameDay Driven by State Farm. College GameDay returns for its 12th season as host Rece Davis, Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams will follow the top storylines as the season develops with a schedule that features several options each week to choose from each Saturday, beginning January 23. Basketball Hall of Famer Dick Vitale, who enters his 37th season calling games for the network, will join with Dave O’Brien and reporter Allison Williams each Saturday mainly for the marquee ACC matchup. Davis will pair with Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun on a Big Ten Thursday Night Showcase games. Mike Tirico, the voice of Monday Night Football, pairs again with analyst Dan Dakich, in addition to Williams for the weekly Big Ten Super Tuesday game. Dakich will also call a Saturday Big Ten contest with Bob Wischusen. ESPN’s weekly Super Tuesday SEC telecast will see the return of Brad Nessler, Sean Farnham and Spake. Farnham will also join Joe Tessitore on the Thursday SEC telecast. Analyst Kara Lawson and Mark Jones will call the Saturday SEC window, plus Lawson will make a weekly appearance in ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., studios on Thursday nights. Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton will again have the call of Pac-12 games on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday with Dave Pasch. ACC games will also be covered by Wischusen and LaPhonso Ellis (Wednesday/Thursday) and on Saturdays by Mike Couzens and Cory Alexander. Big 12 Tuesday and Saturday games will be called by Dave Flemming and Miles Simon, in addition to a Saturday contest called by Jon Sciambi and Fraschilla. American games will see Mike Patrick and Len Elmore on Thursday nights and Allen Bestwick and Tim Welsh on Saturdays. Additional Saturday pairings include Rich Hollenberg and Mark Adams on Missouri Valley telecasts, Adam Amin and Craig Robinson working Atlantic-10 games and Beth Mowins and Brad Dougherty paired for West Coast Conference games.
The ESPNU ACC Sunday Night Basketball series will be called by Anish Shroff and Cory Alexander. New to ESPNU, Ted Emrich, Alex Faust, Kevin Fitzgerald and Jenn Hildreth bring a depth of play-by-play experience, in addition to analysts Jason Capel, Antwan Jamison and Chris Spatola joining the 24-hour college sports network.
SEC Network will present more than 120 SEC games exclusively, and will include analysts Dane Bradshaw, Barry Booker, Joe Dean, Jr., Tony Delk, Andrew DeClerq, Daymeon Fishback, John Pelphrey and Jon Sundvold, as well as play-by-play commentators Dave Baker, Tom Hart, Mike Morgan, Dave Neal and John Saunders.
Longhorn Network will surround the network’s nine exclusive Texas men’s basketball games with studio programming that includes Game Plan with head coach Shaka Smart, as well as a simulcast of his weekly radio show. Texas GameDay will air from non-conference home games against North Carolina and UConn, in addition to select conferences games. Lowell Galindo will call play-by-play for the network with analyst Lance Blanks.
In addition to Greenberg, Lawson and Williams, ESPN and ESPN2 studio programming from Bristol will also include Dakich, Ellis, Farnham, Fraschilla, Jeff Goodman, Andy Katz and Simon. ESPNU will rotate its studio coverage including analysts Cory Alexander, Adrian Branch and Dino Gaudio, as well as newcomers Jason Capel, Antawn Jamison and Chris Spatola. Studio hosts include Brendan Fitzgerald, Matt Schick and Anish Shroff.
Analyst Tim McCormick will be seen on the sixth season of ESPN Buzzer Beater – which offers live cut-ins and highlights from numerous top college basketball games Saturdays from noon to
… …Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery return for their third season as FOX Sports’ lead college basketball announcers, while former UCLA and St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin is a new addition to the network’s college basketball coverage, leading studio analysis and calling select games. Rob Stone returns as FOX Sports’ lead college basketball studio host and is joined by analysts Lavin, Jim Jackson and Donny Marshall at the desk. Kevin Burkhardt, Mike Hill, Ryan Field and Greg Wolf also serve as hosts for select college basketball studio programming throughout the season. In addition to its robust studio lineup, FOX Sports welcomes back several familiar and iconic voices to call game action. Led by the Johnson and Raftery, game broadcasters Joe Davis, Tim Brando, Justin Kutcher, Brian Anderson and Kevin Kugler return to FOX Sports this season, while veteran play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo is new to the network’s hoops coverage. Lavin, Jackson and Marshall serve as game and studio analysts and are joined by a host of other top voices including Stephen Bardo, Nick Bahe, Jim Spanarkel, Tarik Turner, Ron Thompson and Dickey Simpkins. In addition to Lavin, play-by-play announcer Aaron Goldsmith and analysts Sean Elliott and Casey Jacobsen return to lead FS1’s Pac-12 coverage.