Fox Sports and CBS Sports have added key pieces to their football television coverage this fall, with the former tapping Tim Brando to call college games and the latter gaining the services of longtime referee Mike Careyas a rules expert for its NFL action.
Fox Sports executive producer John Entz announced Tuesday that veteran broadcaster Brando, who had been studio host of CBS’ “College Football Today” and a longtime recognizable voice on the net’s coverage of college basketball’s March Madness, has joined Fox Sports’ coverage of college football starting with the first week of the season. His broadcast partner will be announced at a later date.
During basketball season, Brando will call college games for Fox and Fox Sports 1.
“Tim is one of the most recognized voices in college sports,” Entz said. “Adding someone with his experience and credibility to our college football and basketball coverage is a fantastic addition for Fox Sports.”
Brando, who hosts a daily program, “The Tim Brando Show,” on Sirius XM Radio, has called more than 25 different sports during his prolific career, including college football and basketball, and he has called games of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament since 1996.
In addition to his high-profile role on “College Football Today” during the net’s coverage of the SEC game of the week, Brando did play-by-play for CBS Sports’ NFL coverage for several years and has done play-by-play for Raycom’s coverage of ACC basketball and hosted Raycom’s “Football Saturdays.”
Fox’s 2014 college football schedule includes action from the Big 12, Conference USA and Pac-12, as well as the Big Ten and Pac-12 conference championship games. Overall this season, over 100 college football games air across Fox Sports’ national and local broadcast and cable platforms.
Over at CBS, former NFL official Mike Carey has joined the broadcast team for coverage of “Thursday Night Football” on CBS and NFL Network, and “The NFL on CBS” coverage on Sundays during the 2014 NFL season. The announcement was made today by Sean McManus, chairman, CBS Sports and executive producer, “The NFL on CBS.”
Carey, who officiated games as recently as last season, will provide rules analysis, interpretation and explanations on Thursday nights from the game site, as well as NFL Network’s studio in Culver City, Calif., and on Sundays from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.
“So many times throughout the years of watching Mike officiate, I often thought it would be great to have him someday work for CBS explaining the calls on the field,” McManus said. “We’re excited that this has now come to fruition. He will be a great complement to our ‘Thursday Night Football’ and Sunday afternoon coverage.”
Carey spent 24 years as an NFL official, including 19 as a referee. During the 1995 NFL season, he became only the second African-American referee in NFL history, and the first to referee a Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLII; New England Patriots-N.Y. Giants). In addition, he has officiated four playoff games as a side judge (two Wild Cards and two Conference Championships) and 14 playoff games as a referee (eight Wild Cards, five Divisionals and Super Bowl XLII).