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FOX to unveil game lineup as Kurt Warner heads exclusively to NFLN

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With football season roughly a month away, one of the networks that carries the Sunday afternoon games will be pulling the sheet of its lineup of game announcers and analysts.

According to Michael Hiestand of USA Today (via SportsBusiness Daily), FOX will announce the following pairings for its football hierarchy:  (1) Joe Buck and Troy Aikman; (2) Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa; (3) Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick; (4) Dick Stockton and John Lynch; (5) Chris Myers and Tim Ryan; (6) Ron Pitts and Jim Mora; and (7) Sam Rosen and Chad Pennington.  Newcomer Gus Johnson and Charles Davis will periodically supplement their college football duties with a pro game.

Mora moves from part-time t0 full-time.  Moving from part-time to full-time at NFLN (and as a result part-time to no-time at FOX) is former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner.  NFL Network announced today that Warner will join the league-owned operation exclusively in 2011, appearing on NFL GameDay Morning and the pregame, halftime, and postgame coverage of NFLN’s Thursday Night Football.

We’re told that Warner will be added but no one will be subtracted, with a six-person crew of on-air talent handling NFL GameDay Morning.  (Last year, Warner worked Thursday nights from the studio, so there likely won’t be any subtractions there, either.)

Warner was one of several FOX/NFLN double-duty employees.  It’ll be interesting to see whether his full-time move to NFLN is the first example of a potential tug-o-war, with both networks hoping to get their talent to go “all in” with one network or the other.

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48 Responses to “FOX to unveil game lineup as Kurt Warner heads exclusively to NFLN”
  1. d. b. cooper says: Aug 8, 2011 2:02 PM

    A damn shame and a travesty Gus Johnson isn’t the number one announcer. That they’re not even putting him on every weekend is an affront to human decency.

    Only football broadcaster that comes close to his level is Scott Hanson, for totally different reasons

  2. mostnutsever says: Aug 8, 2011 2:04 PM

    Gus Johnson’s move to Fox doesn’t look so good now, and frankly I’m disappointed that we’ll barely get to hear his announcing in the NFL this year.

  3. eustus says: Aug 8, 2011 2:05 PM

    Seriously, the poker reference has to end. It’s obnoxious and 6 years too late.

  4. trbowman says: Aug 8, 2011 2:08 PM

    How could they split up Ron Pitts and John Lynch?

    That’s a travesty!

  5. wt01 says: Aug 8, 2011 2:11 PM

    Good job, Fox. Way to break up what was possibly your best broadcasting crew (Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan). No surprise that I prefer CBS’ broadcasts.

  6. trbowman says: Aug 8, 2011 2:13 PM

    Joe Buck and Aikman are so brutal.

  7. trbowman says: Aug 8, 2011 2:13 PM

    And they split up Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan? C’mon man!

  8. dlindstedt2 says: Aug 8, 2011 2:13 PM

    I just hope Packer games get covered LESS by Aikman and Buck.

    Those two guys are just boring. And Aikman constant backpeddling on Rodgers is just annoying. He doesn’t want to give credit where credit is due. Dude is a clown

  9. hobartbaker says: Aug 8, 2011 2:17 PM

    Warner was a former NFL QB for those not familiar with him. He has been described as looking like “a young Mike Floreo”, so his future in broadcasting looks very promising.

  10. scoops1 says: Aug 8, 2011 2:18 PM

    Rosen is the best man on the roster

  11. conseannery says: Aug 8, 2011 2:19 PM

    Joe Buck

    Eww

  12. illiniftw says: Aug 8, 2011 2:23 PM

    Joe Buck should not be allowed to be on ANYTHING Chicago related!! I really hate that guy…

  13. phillybirdgang1933 says: Aug 8, 2011 2:24 PM

    aikem and buck always down playing the eagles .those 2 are cowboys fans.keep them away from the birds games…….

  14. thephantomstranger says: Aug 8, 2011 2:25 PM

    Lions fans will have to get used to that Rosen/Pennington combination.

  15. virger says: Aug 8, 2011 2:27 PM

    would like to see a little more Charles Davis/Gus Johnson action…that is the real dream team next year

  16. comeonnowguys says: Aug 8, 2011 2:28 PM

    dlindstedt2 says: Aug 8, 2011 2:13 PM

    I just hope Packer games get covered LESS by Aikman and Buck.

    Those two guys are just boring. And Aikman constant backpeddling on Rodgers is just annoying. He doesn’t want to give credit where credit is due. Dude is a clown

    Please. Buck is terrible. Just because Aikman doesn’t always “kiss the ring” doesn’t mean he’s the one of the tandem about whom you need to be complaining.

  17. nittanylion0 says: Aug 8, 2011 2:30 PM

    You know your team is in for a long season if you hear heavy doses of broadcast teams 3 thru 7. Yuck. Fox’s teams are easily the worst. At least CBS can argue that their roster is top heavy.

  18. blastfurnaceknows says: Aug 8, 2011 2:30 PM

    I am very curious what damaging piece of evidence Chris Myers must hold over someone high up at FOX to continue to have a job. He has the inexplicable combination of arrogance accompanied by sotne cold stupidity. On a related note, what terrible sin has Tim Ryan committed by being saddled with that pompous gasbag?

  19. bengalsown says: Aug 8, 2011 2:34 PM

    As a fan of the Bengals, who are regularly assigned to the networks “D” list of broadcasters of which Gus Johnson was one of, trust me when I say that him not broadcasting many games on Fox isn’t a big loss for anyone…He may be fun to listen to once, maybe twice, but week after week his act becomes as tired as Chris Berman’s.

  20. fonetiklee says: Aug 8, 2011 2:35 PM

    Can Fox PLEASE fire Joe Buck and Troy Aikman? I have NEVER met anybody who said they like listening to these two morons call games.

  21. weswelkerspornstash says: Aug 8, 2011 2:38 PM

    They should have left T-rock and Rosen together

  22. kpow55 says: Aug 8, 2011 2:42 PM

    Joe Buck should stick with baseball, he adds NOTHING of value to any NFL broadcast.

  23. nfl fan says: Aug 8, 2011 2:45 PM

    Please replace Daryl Johnston….please.

    He gives us his opinion on too many things. Just stick to the game analysis Moose.

  24. uclabruininstlouis says: Aug 8, 2011 2:48 PM

    For those of you who don’t care much for Joe Buck, you may be unaware that he has had a pretty severe problem with his larynx. It’s difficult for him to speak at “pro football” levels with enough emotion in his voice to appease the fans of both teams. In addition, he is NOT his father so stop trying to compare them.

  25. ninerfan49 says: Aug 8, 2011 2:50 PM

    Johnston and Albert are barely tolerabile. Add Sirgusa to the mix and I have to change the Channel! What a obnoxious blowhard. Johnston must get his jackets fron the Herb Tarlek collection. They are UGLY!

  26. stampnhawk says: Aug 8, 2011 3:04 PM

    Johnson used to be good, he’s now too preachy and uses the broadcast as a soapbox as if he wants to be a coach or on the competition committee of the NFL.

    Too bad about Rosen and Ryan…Ryan’s a “have to say something every play guy” but is ok.

    As a ‘Hawks fan, can’t quite grasp why Pitts is ahead of Johnson (I’m guessing he gets moved in to a slot before the end of the year), but hopefully SEA gets less of him, with Fox hopefully not wanting Mora following his old team around.

    Stockton and Lynch isn’t a bad combo.

  27. Davo says: Aug 8, 2011 3:08 PM

    Am I the only one who hates Joe Buck as a commentator?

  28. alexmcclellan says: Aug 8, 2011 3:14 PM

    nfl fan says:

    “Please replace Daryl Johnston….please.

    He gives us his opinion on too many things. Just stick to the game analysis Moose.”

    Ummm… isn’t analysis a professional’s opinon of what is going on? I mean, even if he is analyzing a play there is a certain level of bias in how they view the play. I gaurentee if Moose and Troy Aikman had to comment on the same play, they wouldn’t give you the same answer…

  29. shackdelrio says: Aug 8, 2011 3:17 PM

    “(5) Chris Myers and Tim Ryan; (6) Ron Pitts and Jim Mora; and (7) Sam Rosen and Chad Pennington. ”

    So fans of the Lions, Cardinals, Rams, 49ers, Seahawks and Panthers should get acquainted with these gentlemen?

  30. footballhistorian says: Aug 8, 2011 3:18 PM

    Kenny, Moose, and Goose are tolerable. Aikman and Buck SUCK!!!! ON ALL SPORTS!!!

  31. bunjy96 says: Aug 8, 2011 3:19 PM

    The minute Siragusa is live, my TV is in mute mode.

  32. nflfan877 says: Aug 8, 2011 3:26 PM

    Why does Dick Stockton keep getting bumped down?

  33. gorilladunk says: Aug 8, 2011 3:27 PM

    Gus Johnson has been assigned to FX’s college football broadcasts, which begin this fall. He’ll do more college football than anything else. Oklahoma vs. Tulsa on Sat. night, Sept 3rd kicks things off on FX.

  34. jcg23 says: Aug 8, 2011 3:34 PM

    God how I hate Joe Buck

  35. superbowl42champs says: Aug 8, 2011 3:41 PM

    Sam Rosen one of the best hockey and football announcers around

  36. schmitty2 says: Aug 8, 2011 3:42 PM

    Chris Myers needs to stick to Nascar pre-race show and dugout guy for baseball. He is absolutely terrible at calling football. No real knowledge and zero excitement

  37. readysethike says: Aug 8, 2011 3:57 PM

    does anyone else find it creepy how Joe Bucks eyes seem to sparkle when he’s staring at Troy Aikman

  38. gdeli says: Aug 8, 2011 3:58 PM

    I really can’t stand Joe buck. He is really boring and droll. He is terrible at baseball too. He makes a often boring game even worse. why is he on? Because of his dad’s legend? I have to put on the radio for more excitement. FOX just doesn’t get it.

  39. gdeli says: Aug 8, 2011 4:07 PM

    oh bye the way joe buck..randy moss’s gesture at the packers was kinda funny not “that’s a disguting display”. what a bad announcer you are. You had it out with artie lange(who tried to kill himself later, why?) on your so called hbo show that as artie said would bomb. He is the worst part of watching football or baseball on tv.

  40. gfan8611 says: Aug 8, 2011 4:15 PM

    Joe Buck sucks and Fox needs to stop pushing him on football fans. I don’t watch baseball so I don’t care if he sucks at commenting on that sport.

  41. bayballtim says: Aug 8, 2011 4:31 PM

    So what you’re saying is that as a 49er fan I should be prepared to listed to a lot of Sam Rosen and Chad Pennington.

  42. 00reo says: Aug 8, 2011 4:32 PM

    Fox must’ve tapped Warner’s phone and pissed him off.

  43. gdeli says: Aug 8, 2011 4:51 PM

    Hey vikes fans, email foxsports.com and tell them we do not want joe buck! thanks guys.

  44. CKL says: Aug 8, 2011 4:56 PM

    I would actually watch a crap game to see how Chad P does. I love that guy. Love Charles Davis too. I wish they would put them together.

  45. thephantomstranger says: Aug 8, 2011 5:35 PM

    gdeli says:
    Aug 8, 2011 4:51 PM
    Hey vikes fans, email foxsports.com and tell them we do not want joe buck! thanks guys.
    __________

    I’m a Vikes fan, but I really don’t think we have to worry about getting the #1 announcing team too often. Maybe for the Washington or Green Bay games.

  46. stairwayto7 says: Aug 8, 2011 7:00 PM

    Warner to NFL Network only means he get into HOF quicker! Happened with Dieon, Irvin and Faulk.. Sapp will eb next to go in.
    As for Buck and Faikman.. I guess alot of Dallas, Philly and Green Bay games for them!zzzzzzzzzzzz

  47. briang123 says: Aug 8, 2011 10:50 PM

    I am glad they aren’t kicking anyone else off the set. The only thing better than having 5 people competing for airtime is 6 doing it. I love watching them talk all over each other.

  48. threedeep1998 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:02 AM

    Tim Ryan sucks. Listen to him try to do color commentary on Favre’s hail mary pass to Greg Lewis in 09. He has no idea who caught it or who Lewis was in the game for. Rosen is also a ZzZZzzZ fest. Gus Johnson is a choice for a new generation. Joe Buck constantly kisses the collective butts of the GB Packers. It gets old.

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