ESPN Unveils Play-by-Play Men for 2014 World Cup

We know that Ian Darke will be ESPN’s lead announcer for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The network has now unveiled its play-by-play lineup for the month-long tournament that begins in June. Among the announcers, Derek Rae who is familiar to ESPN soccer viewers and has called MLS, World Cup, Euro 2008 and 2012, […]

Ian Darke Will Be Lead Announcer for ESPN on 2014 World Cup; Martin Tyler Out

Simultaneous announcements from ESPN. The network says the popular Ian Darke who became a breakout star in the United States during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, will be the lead announcer for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. As a result, Martin Tyler who was ESPN’s lead announcer in 2010, has been let […]

Looking at the Next Generation of Olympic Announcers

As we go into the second week of the 2012 London Olympics or the Games of the XXX Summer Olympiad, I thought I would take the opportunity on this middle Sunday to look ahead for the next set of Games on television. We know that NBCUniversal will carry the Olympics through 2020, that’s two Winter […]

A Few Tuesday Sports Media Thoughts

Time for some sports media thoughts. These have been percolating in my head all day Monday. It’s fine time to pour them out and have you peruse through them. As always, they’re in bullet form. Monday’s announcement from NFL Network regarding its new morning show could be a game changer for sports television. If “NFL […]

ESPN Unveils Announcers for Euro 2012 Soccer Championships

ESPN has tapped popular announcer Ian Darke to be its lead play-by-play man for the Euro 2012™ soccer tournament this summer. Also calling games will be Adrian Healey and Derek Rae. All three called matches for ESPN during the World Cup in South Africa two years ago. From what I understand from the press release, […]

Let’s Get Back To The Linkage

I owe you some links having not been able to do them either Monday or Tuesday. USA Today’s Michael Hiestand talks about the ratings for LSU-Alabama not being as high as the previous #1 vs. #2 college football Game of the Century. The great Richard Deitsch at Sports Illustrated has his Media Power List for […]

Our Mid-Week Links

Any time I put “Quick” in the title, it appears I find more linkage than I set out to. Nothing wrong with that. Again, I ended up being outside of the office for an extended time and it looks like that will happen again tomorrow. Don’t know work is so crazy all of a sudden. […]

Some Wednesday Linkage

I’m somehow stuck in this bad work stretch where my blogging has suffered. I know I’ll be out of the office for most of the day tomorrow which sucks. But I’ll do what I can for you. Let’s get cracking on the linkage. Again, this will not be a complete set, but I’ll do what […]

Women’s World Cup Semifinal Announcing Assignments Set

ESPN has set the announcing assignments for the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup on Wednesday as well as Sunday’s Final. Ian Darke & Julie Foudy will call USA-France starting at 11:30 a.m. ET and then the final on Sunday. Adrian Healey & Kate Markgraf have the call of the other semifinal on Wednesday, Japan […]

Two Great Calls By Ian Darke Involving USA Soccer

People are still buzzing over the USA’s dramatic come from behind win over Brazil in the Women’s World Cup that puts the Americans in the semifinals against France on Wednesday. Some questionable officiating put the game into extra time tied at 1-1. Brazil on a Marta goal went ahead 2-1 early in the first extra […]