Notre Dame

Dan Hicks to Take Over Call of Notre Dame Football for NBC

NBC Sports announced yesterday that beginning this season Dan Hicks will replace Tom Hammond on the play-by-play call of Notre Dame football.  Hicks will be paird with analyst Mike Mayock and reporter Alex Flanagan.

Hicks will continue to work as the host of NBC’s golf coverage, and will return for NBC’s Olympic telecast of the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“Dan is a gifted commentator, and we wanted to find more high-profile opportunities to showcase his talents,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports & NBC Sports Network. “Coming off an undefeated regular season and a berth in the BCS Championship Game, Notre Dame Football provides a perfect platform.”

Hicks will begin his new role this Saturday at the annual Blue-Gold spring game which will air on the NBC Sports Network beginning at 1:00p.m. ET.

Hammond had been the main voice on NBC’s coverage of Notre Dame since 1992. He will remain at the network as the voice of Triple Crown horse racing, figure skating, including at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and track & field at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Here is the Notre Dame football schedule this season on NBC:

Date Opponent Network
Saturday, April 20 Blue-Gold Game NBC Sports Network
Saturday, Aug. 31 Temple NBC
Saturday, Sept. 21 Michigan State NBC
Saturday, Sept. 28 Oklahoma NBC
Saturday, Oct. 5 Arizona State* NBC
Saturday, Oct. 19 USC NBC
Saturday, Nov 2 Navy NBC
Saturday, Nov 23 BYU NBC

 

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Sports Media Weekly No. 116- Ed Sherman, The Sherman Report

It’s an all-news edition of Sports Media Weekly this week.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined for the entire program by Ed Sherman of The Sherman Report.

We lead off the show by talking about yesterday’s news that ESPN and Major League Baseball reached an eight year contract extension for the network to continue carrying baseball.  We talk about what the deal means to ESPN as well as the other networks (Fox, NBC, Turner) who will be involved in negotiating the rest of the MLB package before the end of next season.

As part of the baseball discussion we look at the rights fees that will soon be coming available (NASCAR and The Big East Conference to name two) and whether NBC Sports will make a play as part of its plans to expand the programming on the NBC Sports Network.

Ed then fills us in on an incident today involving Notre Dame football radio analyst Allen Pinkett.

We wrap-up the show by looking ahead to the college football season and, despite the ratings, our collective passive interest in the NFL preseason.