Six packs of informational notes on Thursday:
▪ Here’s South Florida first, and it’s chic:
NBC 6 is about to become the first TV station on the market where women only take on on-air roles in the sports division.
Jorge Andres, who shared docking duties with Ruthie Polinski last year, left NBC 6 this week. He will do national broadcasting and writing work for Telemundo, focusing on the NFL and golf.
hired NBC-6 Hailey Sutton, A sports broadcaster in Montgomery, Alabama, to replace him.
Sutton will report during the week and anchor on the weekends.
Polinsky, who has done well since coming to NBC 6 from Providence, Rhode Island, will dock on weekend nights.
Athletic Division Producer Gisele Espinales has brilliantly taken over the full mooring duties last week and is available as a third anchor. Espinales is married to Will Manso, the main sports announcer for WPLG-ABC 10 and host of Studio Heat on Bally Sports Sun.
It’s unclear if another station in the state has a women’s-free sports section, but it’s another sign of the great progress of an industry that was historically male-dominated.
And it’s only fitting that this happened on NBC 6, which once hired a local television station’s first sports presenter, Jane Chastain.
▪ Bally Sports Florida is expected to soon begin performance tests to find a replacement for Marlins TV analyst Todd Hollandsworth, whose contract has not been renewed.
The Marlins will endorse the rotation of analysts – including Bally studio analysts Gabi Sanchez, GB Arencipia and Tommy Hutton. And while it is not excluded, I would be surprised if Bali took this route because the network once tried this approach, using Eduardo Perez and others, and was not satisfied with the results.
The point of view here is that splitting the package between Sanchez, Arencibia, Hutton (who likes to work on a small group of games) and possibly a fourth analyst makes sense because it’s interesting to hear different perspectives during a long season, and all three are highly qualified.
It takes a special talent, like Hutton, to have enough objective things to say to keep the broadcast convincing for three to four hours a night, 150 times a year. Hollandsworth could never pull it off.
Perhaps the Marlins will find someone of Houghton’s quality to do every game alongside the play man of Paul Severino. But a strong argument can be made for doing alternation. Even if Marilyn’s family doesn’t take turns, Sanchez and Arincibia may emerge as candidates.
▪ This is the only Sunday of the season that CBS and Fox both get a double header.
The NFL assigned Tampa Bay-Carolina to CBS to give the network a more engaging game at 4:25 p.m. CBS usually has a Chargers-Raiders game—which will determine where to play the wild card—but this game was shown on NBC Sunday night.
In that late afternoon window, CBS is sending Tampa Bay game to 57 percent of the country, Buffalo-Jets to 35 percent and Dolphins-Patriots to 8 percent.
If the Colts win in Jacksonville on Sunday, Indianapolis will go into the playoffs. But CBS is sending the 1 p.m. game to only 11 percent of the country, with 83 percent (including South Florida) getting Baltimore Pittsburgh instead.
As for Fox, the network doesn’t have a convincing 1 p.m. game out of its four games. 60 percent of the country (including South Florida) will get Green Bay-Detroit.
Fox gets an important late game (49ers-Rams), which will be sent to 80 percent of the country. And the 49ers play the playoffs with a win or loss from New Orleans against Atlanta, 4:25 p.m. Another Fox game.
Here are the localization maps for Sunday, courtesy of 506sports.com.
▪ For the first time, ESPN will have two games on Saturday in the final weekend of the season. The games will feature marquee teams (Kansas City and Dallas), but neither the Chiefs-Broncos nor the Cowboys-Eagles play a significant role in the playoff.
KC, Dallas and Philadelphia took playoff places.
ESPN’s major college advertising team, Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreet, fired the Chiefs and then worked on the national title match in Alabama and Georgia on Monday.
▪ Incidentally, Herbstreit caused a stir last week when he appeared to criticize players who skip ball matches that are not part of the four-team playoffs.
“I think this era of players doesn’t like football,” Herbstreit concluded.
Herbstreit later expanded on his thoughts on Twitter: “Just wanted to clarify some of my comments from earlier today. Of course some players love the game today as they have always been. But some don’t. I will always love the players of this game and sorry if people think I generalized them or grouped them all into one category.” “.
Herbstreit was out of the norm in his initial comment; Players who sit in bowling games often protect themselves from injury that could damage their professional prospects and future earnings. These decisions have nothing to do with passion for the game.
▪ The Dolphins are hoping WQAM Radio analysts Joe Rose and Jason Taylor – who missed the Tennessee game due to COVID-19 – will return for Sunday’s home game against New England but they don’t know for sure. Rose – who hosts the morning show WQAM – has been off air all week but is doing well, according to a colleague.
This story was originally published January 6, 2022 4:29 pm.