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.

48 responses to “FOX to unveil game lineup as Kurt Warner heads exclusively to NFLN

  1. 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. 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. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

  11. Please replace Daryl Johnston….please.

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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…

  16. “(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?

  17. 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.

  18. 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

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. 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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