It’s a very busy sports media week and we have it covered on this edition of Sports Media Weekly.
We begin the program looking at the local media response in Boston to Monday’s tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon. Ken and I discuss the local coverage, which led to the two local sports radio stations, WEEI and 98.5 The Sports Hub, suspending their regular programming to allow sports fans the opportunity to share their thoughts on the tragedy.
We then shift to the passing yesterday of legendary announcer Pat Summerall. Barry had the opportunity to speak to Summerall on many occasions and had the same good things to say about the former CBS and Fox announcer as others regarding Summerall’s generosity and professional demeanor.
We move on to the announcement yesterday that Dan Hicks will replace Tom Hammond as the voice of Notre Dame football. Barry predicts the move signals Hicks is being groomed to be the network’s lead play-by-play voice when Al Michaels decides to retire.
We finish the segment by looking at NBC’s plans for the English Premier League season later this summer and the viewership gains for CBS and ESPN from last week’s Masters.
Ken and I wrap the show by looking at a new policy announced at ESPN on how the network will attribute stories not broken by its reporters.