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Ian Eagle Tries to Give Noah Eagle ‘Oreo Cookie’ Critiques
“If there’s something that stands out to me, I’ll mention it to him, but not necessarily the day after the game. It might be in a series of conversations we have a week later.”
With two broadcasters in the family, Ian Eagle and his son Noah get a chance to pick the brain of the other and provide input, but they try to provide each other a lot of positive input.
On the latest episode of Fowler, Who You Got?, Chris Fowler had a conversation with both Noah and Ian Eagle and Ian told Fowler that if there are any “critiques”, there is a lot of positivity around any criticism of a call Noah had.
“Our dynamic is one of positivity. If there’s something that stands out to me, I’ll mention it to him, but not necessarily the day after the game. It might be in a series of conversations we have a week later, 10 days later. Usually, it will be in the Oreo cookie realm, which would be positive, critique, positive.”
Both broadcasters also got into pivotal moments for them in their career and Ian discussed how he knew it was pivotal when his bosses at CBS would trust him with an assignment, whether it was calling The Masters for CBSSports.com or getting to call Army-Navy football for nine years beginning in 2002.
“CBS trusted me and that’s a huge word in our business when your bosses start to trust you and that was probably pivotal as I look back in my career of recognizing without them saying but based on the assignment. Getting Army-Navy in 2002, that came out of left field. I had not done college football for CBS. That was not something I assumed could happen. They gave it to me and I ended up doing it for 9 years.”
One of the events Ian called that most people might not remember off the top of their head was the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championship (2004-2012) and he said calling track and field is a play-by-play broadcaster’s dream.
“I did track and field. I had never been to a track and field event. I ended up doing 8 straight NCAA Track and Field outdoor championships and loved it. I thought the whole vibe was a play-by-play man’s dream. Every race is good. If it’s a lopsided race, it’s exciting that someone dominated the field. If it’s close, it’s equally exciting that it’s coming right down to the wire and someone is going to win at the very last instant.”
As for Noah, he reflected on the first NFL Wild Card Nickelodeon broadcast he did with Nate Burleson and he mentioned to Fowler that before that first game, he and Burleson agreed not to look at their phones or social media during the broadcast.
“Our first year doing it, it’s a Wild Card Game. Sure you can go and watch the normal broadcast, but we knew that because it was so new, a lot of people were going to tune in. We just knew we were going to get all different types of people. So, trying to invite the entire audience was seminal in our minds.
“The best thing Nate and I did year 1 was before the game, we looked at each other and we said ‘Put it away. Just put it to the side. We don’t want to be impacted by anything.’ We didn’t want any words that anyone was saying, anything was texted to us. We just didn’t want anyone to impact us.”
Due to his experience calling the Nickelodeon NFL games, Noah has learned that he can balance having fun on a broadcast with being serious and has carried it into the other events that he does.
“Doing those games has taught me a lot of how to balance the fun with the serious, how to get down to the nitty gritty when you have to, how to take care of the business that maybe a network wants you to take care of or your producer wants you to take care of. At the same time, not losing sight of that kid in you. I think I have taken a lot of that to the not animated or different broadcasts I’ve done. It’s just making sure I still have fun with it. Doing it has been good practice in a lot of ways.”
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Neil Everett Exits ESPN After 23 Years
“ESPN changed my life, but now it’s time for me to change my life.”
Neil Everett’s SportsCenter days are over. Front Office Sports reports that the anchor has chosen to say goodbye to ESPN after 23 years at the network.
“ESPN changed my life, but now it’s time for me to change my life,” Everett said. “Time to write a new chapter.”
The network reportedly offered Everett a new deal. Had he agreed to it, the anchor would have taken a salary reduction.
This is a significant moment for SportsCenter. Everett moving on means one of the show’s longest-tenured partnership comes to an end. He had worked with Stan Verrett since 2009.
Everett’s exit comes in the same week that it was revealed Chris Chelios would not return to the network’s NHL coverage next season. The Walt Disney Company is currently in the middle of trying to cut 7000 jobs to save $5.5 billion.
As for the future, Everett says he will seek to increase his TV role with the Portland Trail Blazers. He has been part of the team’s broadcast crew on NBC Sports Northwest for the last two years.
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Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica To Make FOX TV Debut on Belmont Coverage
“Everyone I’ve worked and interacted with at the company has been so helpful and open to someone who has spent his entire professional life elsewhere.”
As the college football season was winding down, fans found out one of the foundational members of the College Gameday staff would be leaving ESPN. Chris “The Bear” Fallica left the network and has been working for FOX since the new year. This weekend during the network’s coverage of The Belmont Stakes, he will finally make his TV debut for his employers.
“It’s been great. This will be my first TV appearance, so I’m excited,” Fallica said in an interview with FOXSports.com. “But we’ve been cranking out content on the digital side since January, and I’m very happy with how the USFL picks have been going (4-0 last week for those of you counting at home). Everyone I’ve worked and interacted with at the company has been so helpful and open to someone who has spent his entire professional life elsewhere.”
Fallica, who worked for ESPN for nearly three decades, is going to be a major presence in FOX’s gambling content both on air and online. Making picks is nothing new. He had been doing it on College GameDay for years prior to his exit.
In addition to making football picks, horse racing is going to be a major part of what The Bear does for FOX. While this will be his TV debut on FOX, Fallica put the spotlight on one of his colleagues.
“It was a great decision to bring Tom [Durkin] back for this call. His voice is synonymous with the sport for a generation of racing fans, so it will be a treat to hear him call a race again.”
Durbin is coming out of retirement to call the race. This is the first year that the Belmont is airing on FOX as part of a rights deal with the New York Racing Association.
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FOX Reportedly Considering Replacing Reggie Bush on Big Noon Kickoff
“Marchand writes that the favorite to replace the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner is the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner. Mark Ingram II is expected to retire from the NFL and join FOX.”
It looks like changes are coming to FOX’s college football coverage. Andrew Marchand reports that the network is considering replacing Reggie Bush on Big Noon Kickoff.
Bush and the network reportedly argued over money before the 2022 season. FOX kicked the tires on multiple options, including Desmond Howard and Robert Griffin III of ESPN. Eventually, it decided to bring Bush back on a one year deal. With that deal set to expire and the two sides again at an impasse, FOX is eyeing other options.
Marchand writes that the favorite to replace the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner is the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner. Mark Ingram II is expected to retire from the NFL and join FOX.
If Ingram does join the show, he would be the first analyst from outside of the conferences FOX carries. Ingram played his college football at Alabama. He has since amassed more than 8000 yards over 13 seasons in the NFL.
FOX declined to comment on the report. Marchand reports that with no deal finalized, there is an outside shot that Ingram returns to the NFL, Bush returns to FOX and there is no change at all. That, however, is considered a long shot.