Tony Kornheiser

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #24- Dave Sims, Westwood One

Sports Media Weekly Thanks for checking into the latest edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

During our news segment Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I once again talk about how NBC is handing its coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.  On the table is how the ratings and the programming choices by NBC may impact the next round of Olympics bidding for the 2014 and 2016 Games.

Ken and I also touch upon the two week  suspension by ESPN of Tony Kornheiser from his PTI gig following the remarks he made last week about Hannah Storm’s wardrobe.  Both Ken and I feel ESPN may have overreacted a bit.

Our guest this week is sportscaster Dave Sims.  Dave is famous for his radio and television play-by-play of college basketball as well as his work as the voice of Sunday Night Football on Westwood One.  Dave is also handles television ply-by-play for the Seattle Mariners.


Kornheiser out, Gruden in at MNF

Former Buccaneers and Raiders coach Jon Gruden is replacing Tony Kornheiser in the Monday Night Football booth, ESPN announced today.

In a news release, Kornheiser said he is stepping down because of his well-known fear of flying.

“When I looked at the upcoming schedule, it was the perfect storm that would’ve frequently moved me from the bus to the air.  I kept looking at the schedule the past month and wanted to find a way to quietly extricate myself,” said Kornheiser, co-host of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption and a former Washington Post columnist.

Kornheiser lasted three years on MNF, and after each season, rumors spread of his departure from sharing broadcast duties with Mike Tirico and Ron Jaworski.

Sometimes it seemed I was only one who enjoyed Kornheiser’s MNF work. He drew lots of bashing by fans, particularly among the anonymous helmet-heads of the Internet who just couldn’t stand having a sportswriter talk about football. However, as Jaworski said in ESPN’s news release: “He sees the game from the outside in, and I see the game from the inside out.” That was why the two of them worked well together.

Here is the ESPN news release: