FOX, CBS Set NFL Announcer Lineups
The biggest alteration to the landscape is that 13-time Emmy Award winner Dick Enberg won't be doing an NFL game for the first time in more than 40 years.
Enberg, who came to CBS in 2000 after calling eight Super Bowls on NBC, elected to call San Diego Padres games on television this year, taking himself out of the mix for both the NFL and college basketball. Ian Eagle moves up to Enberg's No.3 slot on the CBS pecking order, but Enberg's departure leaves a gaping hole in the NFL broadcasting landscape.
FOX, meanwhile, has added former Cardinals and Rams quarterback Kurt Warner as well as former Seahawks and Falcons coach Jim Mora Jr. to its analyst pool. Mora, who was fired last season, joins longtime play-by-play man Dick Stockton and analyst Charles Davis on FOX's third team, along with sideline reporter Laura Okmin.
Warner, who is fresh off the Arizona playing field, will team with either Chris Myers or Chris Rose on FOX's No. 7 broadcast team, which typically only works on weeks when the network has the doubleheader. Warner's first game will be Oct. 10, when the New Orleans Saints meet the Cardinals.
FOX's announcer teams are headed by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, with Pam Oliver on the sidelines. That grouping -- in its ninth season -- will call Super Bowl XLV in February.
The No. 2 team, which typically calls one of the divisional playoff games, is Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston, with Tony Siragusa continuing his hybrid sideline reporter/analyst role.
Besides the Stockton/Davis/Mora Jr./Okmin team, FOX's pairings include (play-by-play man listed first and sideline reporter last) Thom Brennaman/Brian Billick/Charissa Thompson, Sam Rosen/Tim Ryan/Chris Myers, Ron Pitts/John Lynch/Nischelle Turner and the aforementioned Myers/Rose/Warner team.
At CBS, which eschews sideline reporters, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will again form the network's No. 1 announcer team and work all the way to the AFC championship game. Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf are the No. 2 team and will get an AFC divisional playoff game.
The rest of CBS' teams include Eagle/Dan Fouts, Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots, Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker, Bill Macatee/Rich Gannon, Don Criqui/Steve Beuerlein and Spero Dedes/Randy Cross.
The roster on the CBS and FOX pregame shows remain the same, with Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan out front at FOX, and James Brown, Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher at CBS.