CBS announces Tracy Wolfson as lead NFL sideline reporter

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CBS has announced that its No. 1 NFL broadcasting team, which will call both Thursday night and Sunday afternoon games, has added a sideline reporter.

Tracy Wolfson, a veteran sideline reporter who has worked primarily on SEC football games and NCAA Tournament basketball games, will join the team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on CBS. The move was just announced today, but it was previously reported by Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.

Although Wolfson has worked select NFL games in the past, having a sideline reporter working every week is a departure for CBS, which has generally shied away from sideline reporters during NFL games. In 2006, when CBS got rid of sideline reporters, CBS Sports President Sean McManus said sideline reporters were “diverting attention” from the announcers in the booth, adding that, “If I want to hear a perspective on the game, I’d prefer to hear it from Phil Simms than a sideline reporter.”

Maybe McManus has changed his mind about the usefulness of sideline reporters, or maybe the NFL urged CBS to add a sideline reporter to the Thursday night package, which Commissioner Roger Goodell has called a top priority for the league this season. Whatever the reasons, with CBS putting its No. 1 team on the air for big games both Thursdays and Sundays, NFL fans will be seeing a lot of Wolfson.

32 responses to “CBS announces Tracy Wolfson as lead NFL sideline reporter

  1. I wish the networks offered a package for the not completely brain-dead fans.

    One that comes WITHOUT commentary.

    I means you’re still getting your ad revenue. What is the harm in letting fans see and HEAR the game without aomeone talking over it?

    Oh, they’re afraid we might have an easier time seeing how scripted and fake it all is? Same reason we can REALLY get that “all 22” view?

  2. More hot chicks, If your a dude and you know football still forget it. Only hot chicks need apply just like all the weather persons now.

  3. Please do away with sideline reporters as well any interviews with players or coaches before or during a game. They are a distraction and are never informative or entertaining.

  4. None of the TV guys have done 2 games a week before. Adding Tracy Wolfson allows CBS to delegate some of the prep/background work away from Nantz and Simms, as well as give their throats an occasional break. Smart decision to add help.

  5. I can’t tell you how many times I have received really exciting and pertinent information from a sideline reporter. Oh wait I can, zero.

  6. Not the best looking sideline bunny out there by a long shot, but she’s definitely paid her dues and seems reasonably competent.

  7. Didn’t realize we’ll have to put up with Simms and his terrible comments twice a week.

  8. “….In 2006, when CBS got rid of sideline reporters, CBS Sports President Sean McManus said sideline reporters were “diverting attention” from the announcers in the booth, adding that, “If I want to hear a perspective on the game, I’d prefer to hear it from Phil Simms than a sideline reporter.”

    I couldn’t agree more. The sideline reporters not only provide useless information but they’re annoying.

  9. I guess Erin’s gig on Dancing with the Stars rendered her unavailable. Oh wait, they’re in separate seasons.

  10. thursday night football stinks no matter what network or commentators they have. it’s obvious the players aren’t physically ready from the week before. do we really need TNF? i’d rather have SaturdayNF after college is done. or here’s an idea. extend the season by 1 week and give each team another bye week. every teem playing on TNF is coming off a bye week. player safety right?

  11. I’m sure Simms is a nice fellow, but he’s just brutal to listen to. Don’t these networks pay any attention to their viewers?

    Here’s a fun game for Thursday nights…count the number of times Phil actually says something educational. You’ll have plenty of fingers left to grab nachos…

  12. She’s a good fit with the Nance/Simms team for me…..the TV will continue to be MUTED so I don’t have to hear those guys spew irrelevant audio….who doesn’t love Rock N’Roll in the background!!

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