Behind the Mic: YES Adds Greg Anthony as Nets Analyst; Maryland Legend Gary Williams Joins CSN Mid-Atlantic
Compiled by Jason Dachman, Managing Editor, SVG
Former Knicks point guard and veteran NBA analyst Greg Anthony has joined the YES Network as a Brooklyn Nets game analyst. He will join Mike Fratello and Jim Spanarkel as YES’ Nets analysts this season along with play-by-play man Ian Eagle. Ryan Ruocco will also call games and Sarah Kustok is the network’s Nets sideline reporter (she is also the host of YES’ weekly Nets Magazine show). Anthony currently is also an NBA analyst for TNT and NBA TV, and is a college basketball analyst for CBS Sports.
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic has added former University of Maryland men’s basketball head coach Gary Williams as a college basketball analyst for its news and digital media coverage. Williams will be featured prominently in CSNMA coverage of college basketball throughout the season. The legendary coach will regularly provide analysis, features and special segments to the network’s news and entertainment programs, including SportsNet Central and SportsTalk Live. He will also contribute college basketball content to the network’s digital media platforms, which are led by CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com.
The newly launched Comcast SportsNet Houston has added Steve Bunin as an anchor and reporter. Bunin joins the network from ESPN, where he served as an anchor since August 2003. Bunin frequently hosted Outside the Lines and SportsCenter, in addition to NFL Live, Baseball Tonight, ESPNEWS and studio coverage of various live events, from the World Cup to college football and men’s college basketball. Prior to ESPN, Bunin worked as a sports anchor at several TV stations throughout the U.S.
As TSN heads into the 100th Grey Cup Playoffs, TSN has added former Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice as a guest analyst for the remainder of the CFL season. He will be featured on the CFL ON TSN panel, in a new Coaches Playbook segment breaking down plays, and on SportsCentre throughout the Grey Cup Playoffs.
ESPN has unveiled its on-air talent lineup for the 2012-13 men’s college basketball season:
- Dick Vitale, in his 34th season with ESPN, will continue to provide analysis on top games throughout the season, primarily with Dan Shulman. During conference play, Shulman and Vitale will work the weekly Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV series and select ACC Wednesday Night Hoops telecasts, including North Carolina at Duke on February 13.
- Jay Bilas, entering his 18th season with ESPN, will also work top matchups throughout the season, beginning in Germany for the Michigan State-UConn Sears Armed Forces Classic on, Nov. 9. During conference action, Bilas will again team with Sean McDonough and analyst Bill Raftery, who joined ESPN in 1980, on the weekly Big Monday BIG EAST package of games and work contests from various conferences.
- Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton will rejoin ESPN as a college basketball analyst, primarily working Wednesday and Thursday Pac-12 telecasts with commentator Dave Pasch.
- Top analysts Fran Fraschilla and Bob Knight will take on new assignments during conference play. Fraschilla will serve as the analyst on the Big Monday Big 12 series, partnering with Brent Musburger. Fraschilla previously worked Big Monday Big 12 games from 2004 through 2009. Knight will work Thursday Night Showcase SEC matchups with Rece Davis.
- Additional highlights:
- Brad Nessler and Jimmy Dykes will return to work SEC telecasts as part of ESPN’s Super Tuesday series and through the finals of the SEC Tournament. Mark Jones will call play-by-play with Dykes on Saturday SEC games.
- Mike Tirico, the voice of Monday Night Football, and ESPN analyst Dan Dakich will return for their second season together on the weekly Big Ten Super Tuesday game.
- The Thursday Night Showcase Big Ten telecasts will feature a new announcer team of Joe Tessitore and Sean Farnham.
- Dave O’Brien, who previously worked Big Ten games, will call Thursday and Saturday ACC games. Doris Burke will serve as the analyst with O’Brien on Saturday telecasts.