The Labor Day weekend means a bounty of college football is ushered in … and Joe Davis is needed for two FS1 broadcasts this weekend, taking him off the Dodgers starting tonight and likely through the weekend …
But there is a serious side to all this:
== Ed Cunningham sat with a New York Times reporter at Legends Sports Bar in Long Beach, near his home, and explained why he won’t be doing games this season for ESPN or ABC as he has the last 20 years — he can’t watch players keep getting head injuries.
“In its current state, there are some real dangers: broken limbs, wear and tear,” Cunningham said. “But the real crux of this is that I just don’t think the game is safe for the brain. To me, it’s unacceptable.”
Cunningham may be the first leading broadcaster to step away from football for a related reason — because it felt wrong to be such a close witness to the carnage, profiting from a sport that he knows is killing some of its participants, writes John Branch in this piece.
It does help — a lot — that Cunningham, 48, is busy as a film and TV producer (an Academy Award winner in 2012) and also said he was upset when a slew of his colleagues were recently let go at ESPN. Cunningham was a center on the University of Washington’s 1991 national championship team and played five years in the NFL with Seattle and Arizona.
But he has walked away from a nice salary and a fall of Saturday events on his own principles.
== Don’t be underwhelmed by the Pac-12 Network’s choice to have Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron and Lewis Johnson call USC’s opener in the Coliseum against Western Michigan with a 2:15 p.m. Saturday kickoff.
It’s another test in how the network will try to tighten up the length of the games with shorter halftimes so pay attention. And a test at how far the Pac-12 Net can stretch its talent.
Returning to USC’s 710-AM coverage for his 18th straight season is Pete Arbogast on play by play — in addition to six seasons he did in the late ’80s and early ’90s, he’s past the 25-season mark — with John Jackson as the analyst for the fifth season and Jordan Moore on the sidelines. Arbogast and Jackson have been in the booth now five seasons together since Paul McDonald went off to follow his son’s college careers (Matthew could start for Boston College as a true freshman this season). Jackson also did sidelines from 2005-2012.
The four-hour pre game and two-hour post game includes Travis Rodgers, Chris Fisher, Dennis Thurman and Rachel Frain. Continue reading “Sports media notes version 08.30.17: CFB nation trusts in the Labor Day-to-New Year’s Day (and beyond) journey … but not everyone’s rushing to get there (Ed Cunningham)” »