Sunday media: Deb Antonelli isn’t the story on the NCAA hoops tournament, and that’s part of the story

Debbie Antonelli, left, fist bumps a cameraman before the start of the women’s basketball game between Duke and Notre Dame at the ACC tournament championship on March 5. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

The story that doesn’t need to be a story leading into the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament involves the hiring of the first female game analyst in more than two decades.
Deb Antonelli, whose resume speaks more than for itself, including the last six years of doing ACC men’s games for ESPN, is “well spoken, says things that are well thought out, has a good depth of knowledge on the men’s and women’s games, does great analytic work and it’s really a case that this is a good fit,” said Howard Bryant, CBS Sports executive producer and senior VP of production.
Her broadcast team will be very familiar — Carter Blackburn and Mike Gminski, her current ACC partners – and also feels very caught up on teams from the Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC because of studio work every Tuesday on ESPNU.
If timing is everything, Antonelli, who has also been with CBS for this event as a sideline reporter and been working for years on women’s games for CBS Sports Net, should have been on the network’s radar long ago. She’s thankful the call has come now, because it’s not something she’s been lobbying for.
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Also: A similar take by the New York Times

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