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Wednesday, March 21, 2018


CBS producer defends showing crying kids at end of tournament games

Northwestern fan

CBS is standing by one of March Madness’ most divisive quasi-traditions.

In an interview with Andrew Marchand of the New York Post that ran on Tuesday, CBS executive producer Harold Bryant defended the network’s practice of showing crying children at the end of NCAA Tournament games.

“It is part of the drama and the storytelling of the event,” said Bryant. “It is part of the emotion of the tournament.

“They are all part of the story,” he continued. “All of the people in the arena. We try to strike that proper balance, the good and the bad. We try to strike that proper balance, as we tell the story of the tournament.”

The first week of this year’s tournament has already featured multiple shots of bawling children mourning the eliminations of their respective teams.

The practice has slowly been leading to more and more backlash on Twitter.


John Fox to join ESPN as studio analyst

John Fox

John Fox may no longer be on the sidelines for the Chicago Bears, but that does not mean we will be seeing less of him next season.

Media reporter Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reported on Tuesday that Fox has been hired by ESPN to serve as a studio analyst.

Fox, 63, was fired by the Bears after the team went 5-11 last season. He was 14-34 during his three-year tenure as the team’s coach.

Overall, Fox went 133-123 over 16 seasons during stints with the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and Bears. He led both teams to the Super Bowl, though he lost both of them.

CBS working to modify camera angle for second round NCAA Tournament games

CBS is well aware of the countless complaints that were lodged on social media during its first round coverage of the NCAA Tournament from Boise, and the network is hoping to remedy the situation before Saturday.

The issue was first brought to light during Gonzaga’s win over UNC Greensboro at the Taco Bell Arena. With the way the main television camera for the game was positioned, it was extremely difficult to follow the action and almost impossible to see the rim and net on one end of the court.

On Thursday night, CBS issued a statement indicating a new camera location will be explored for the network’s second round tournament coverage from Boise.

As you can see from some of the hilarious tweets they sent, March Madness fans will be happy to hear that.

New NCAA Tournament Selection Show debuts with audio glitch

Greg Gumbel

Turner Sports was excited about debuting a new Selection Show on Sunday, but it got off to a bad start.

The new show was shown on TBS rather than its traditional home on CBS. What became apparent immediately was that the audio for the show was out of sync. When hosts Greg Gumbel and Ernie Johnson spoke, the audio was not in sync with their mouths. This nuisance was noticed by multiple viewers.

Here’s a look at it:

The good news is Turner listened to fans and announced the teams that had made the tournament very early in the show. The bad news is the show began with the audio glitch, which was finally fixed after about 10 minutes.

While this was a bad start, we’ve certainly seen much worse.

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Joe Tessitore to replace Sean McDonough on ‘Monday Night Football’

Joe Tessitore

Joe Tessitore has been chosen by ESPN to serve as the new voice of “Monday Night Football,” according to a report.

Multiple reporters said on Friday that Sean McDonough would no longer call “Monday Night Football” and instead will return to calling college football games. The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reported on Twitter that Tessitore will replace him.

Tessitore has been with ESPN since 2002, calling boxing and then college football. Now he will be the new voice of “Monday Night Football.”

The bigger question is who will serve as his analyst. Marchand reports that Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Louis Riddick are all potential internal candidates for the job, while Kurt Warner and even Brett Favre could be external candidates.

McDonough had served as the announcer on MNF for two seasons. He replaced Mike Tirico for the 2016 season. With Jon Gruden leaving the booth to coach the Raiders, ESPN was already going to be making at least one change to their announcing team. Now it will be two.

ESPN announcer Sean McDonough off ‘Monday Night Football’

Sean McDonough

ESPN will have major changes in store for its “Monday Night Football” broadcasting team.

SI media reporter Richard Deitsch reported on Friday that Sean McDonough will not be back as ESPN’s play-by-play announcer on “Monday Night Football.” Instead, he will return to college football coverage, according to Deitsch.

ESPN was already going to experience a change to its Monday night team thanks to the departure of Jon Gruden to coach the Raiders. Now they will also have a new play-by-play voice as well.

The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand on Friday named Joe Tessitore, Steve Levy, Dave Pasch and Bob Wischusen as internal candidates to replace McDonough, as well as Ian Eagle and Kevin Burkhardt for outside candidates. Marchand also says Peyton Manning will not join ESPN’s MNF team as an analyst, though the former quarterback is considering joining FOX’s Thursday night coverage.

At least McDonough and Gruden got to share a nice farewell during the NFL playoffs in January.

Jemele Hill calls claim about Chris Berman voicemail ‘dangerously inaccurate’

Jemele Hill

Chris Berman is facing some troubling allegations after a lawsuit filed against ESPN claimed he once left Jemele Hill a racially-charged voicemail, but Hill says the information in the suit is in no way accurate.

The accusation against Berman was used by former ESPN employee Adrienne Lawrence in an attempt to illustrate how the World Wide Leader has allowed a workplace environment that is hostile toward women. In a statement she released on Twitter, Hill admitted that she had a dispute with Berman but said it was handled by ESPN and any claim that Berman was racist toward her is “dangerously inaccurate.”

Hill has had some troubles in recent months with ESPN, as she was suspended for a rant in which she called Donald Trump a bigot. Because of that, some accused her of putting out the statement only because ESPN forced her to.

Lawrence also stated in her lawsuit that ESPN anchor John Buccigross made unwanted advances toward her and spread rumors throughout the company that the two were in a relationship. ESPN has since stood by Buccigross and even released text messages in an attempt to prove his innocence.

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