Gus Johnson

Sports Media Weekly No. 138- John Ourand, Sports Business Journal

The week after the Super Bowl usually brings a lull to the sports world.  That’s why we have an abbreviated edition of Sports Media Weekly this week.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined by John Ourand, sports media reporter for Sports Business Journal.

We begin the show talking about the slower pace to sports after the Super Bowl and John’s experiences covering the game from New Orleans.

We then talk to John about his reporting on Fox Sports’ anticipated move to convert Speed into Fox Sports 1 and Fox Soccer into Fox Sports 2, and the strong base of programming Fox will have available when the new networks launch later this year.

Ken then discusses the debut of Gus Johnson as the new lead soccer voice for Fox during today’s Champions League match between Real Madrid and Manchester United.  Surprisingly Ken, and those on Twitter, seem to think Johnson fared well in his new role.

We wrap the show talking about the piece in The Sherman Report that Jay Mariotti will once again perform some work for ESPN, and we look at the 2013 MLB schedule on Fox.


Sports Media Weekly No. 137- Neil Best, Newsday & Kevin Harlan, Dial Global Radio

Welcome to the post-Super Bowl edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined for our “Third Man In” segment by Neil Best, sports media and business columnist for Newsday.  We spend most of our time dissecting the work done by CBS on Super Bowl XLVII.  We look at the network’s handling of the power outage, the sub-par performance by Phil Simms, and the ratings for the game.

We then shift our focus to the announcement this week by NBC on its planned coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  We talk about how NBC will not deviate much in its coverage of the Games based on its success at last year’s Summer Games in London.

We wrap-up our news segment looking at the announcement by Fox Sports that play-by-play man Gus Johnson will be taking the lead role in the network’s international soccer coverage, including the World Cup.  Johnson will begin calling soccer matches next week.

Ken had the opportunity to speak to our second guest this week, Kevin Harlan of Dial Global Sports.  Kevin was in the booth for the radio broadcast of the Super Bowl in New Orleans when the power went out in the Superdome.  He recounts what took place and how he kept the broadcast going by reporting on the events via telephone, audio of which is included in the interview courtesy of Dial Global.

Big Ten Network Touts Gus Johnson’s Fourth Season Calling College Hoops

As part of the Big Ten Network’s (BTN) 115 game college basketball schedule, announcer Gus Johnson will be calling 30 games in his fourth season with the network.

Johnson is scheduled to be on the call at most of the BTN Super Wednesday doubleheaders during the regular season.  He will also call the four Big Ten Conference Tournament games on the network in March.

BTN will be providing live, streaming coverage of the conference’s basketball media day this Thursday.  Information on the day’s coverage can be found at

BTN will also provide live coverage of 60 women’s basketball games this season.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 55- Jack Edwards, NESN

Sports Media Weekly Still plenty to talk about on the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites and I spend the first part of the show discussing some recent changes in the broadcast booth…The NFL Network’s announcement of the addition of Brad Nessler and Mike Mayock for their NFL game package…the move of Gus Johnson from CBS to Fox…and the hiring of Mary Carillo by The Tennis Channel.

We then talk about the ratings drop for NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby and the potential (although unlikely) chance of some unattractive match-ups in the NHL and NBA Finals.

Our guest this week is Jack Edwards, play-by-play voice for the Boston Bruins on the New England Sports Network (NESN).  Jack talks about growing up a Bruins fan and now broadcasting the team’s games, his time at ESPN, and his thoughts on the reaction of bloggers to his on air style and persona.

Gus Johnson Leaves CBS for Fox

Much was speculated last week that talks between CBS and announcer Gus Johnson had broken down and that he was contemplating an offer from Fox Sports.  Well the speculation was, indeed, fact as the Fox Sports Group today announced that Johnson has signed a deal with the network.

Johnson will serve as the lead play-by-play voice for the network’s college football coverage as well as men’s college basketball on the Big Ten Network.

For the 2011 college football season Johnson will be seen primarily on FX’s coverage of Big 12, Conference USA, and PAC-12 conference match-ups.  He will also work the 2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.  He will move to Fox in the fall of 2012 under the network’s new agreement with the PAC-12.

“We are thrilled to have one of the most dynamic play-by-play announcers working today join us at FOX, and team him with someone we believe to be one of the brightest, most astute college football analysts in the country,” said Shanks.  “Gus’ energy, enthusiasm and passion are evident in every game he broadcasts, and Charles is one of the most respected, knowledgeable and hard-working analysts in all of football, meticulous in his preparation and concise in his delivery.  We can’t wait for college football fans to see just how terrific a team this can be.”

“Big Ten Network viewers have been overwhelming in their support of Gus Johnson,” added Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman.  “Now they get to enjoy more Gus than ever before, as BTN expects to double his number of basketball games as a result of his new deal with FOX.”

“Ahhhhhh! I am beyond excited to join the FOX Sports family today,” said Johnson.  “Being able to call play-by-play for the nation’s premier collegiate football conferences like the Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12 is a tremendous honor and I can’t wait to get started!  Is it August yet?”

On the college football broadcasts Johnson will be paired with analyst Charles Davis.