New FOX Sports Play-By-Play Announcer Gus Johnson Calls Select NFL Games
New York—FOX Sports returns for an 18th season as the favorite home for NFL viewers, adding quarterback Chad Pennington to its already outstanding roster of broadcasting talent. Six-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, NFL Hall of Famer Troy Aikman and premier NFL pregame and sideline reporter Pam Oliver headline as the NFL on FOX’s lead broadcast team for the 10th season. The announcement was made today by FOX Sports Co-President and COO Eric Shanks.
“FOX Sports’ talented broadcasters are a big reason we’ve been the number one sports network for 14 straight years,” said Shanks. “We’ve built the best team to inform, analyze and entertain, with the goal of bringing fans closer to the NFL than ever before. The addition of Chad Pennington brings a fresh perspective to our already championship caliber lineup and we’re excited to welcome him to the FOX Sports team.”
An 11-year NFL veteran, former New York Jets and Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington is the only player to be named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year twice in his career. Pennington led the Jets and Dolphins to a combined four playoff appearances and holds the distinction of ranking number one on the NFL’s all-time career completion percentage list. He joins Sam Rosen in the booth this season, calling his first game Sunday, Sept. 11 as the Carolina Panthers take on the Arizona Cardinals.
This season marks Buck’s 18th with FOX Sports and Aikman’s 11th, while sideline reporter Pam Oliver returns for her 17th. The group calls its first game from Washington on Sunday, Sept. 11 as the Redskins host the New York Giants. For the fifth consecutive year, former Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston teams with play-by-play announcer Kenny Albert and on-field analyst Tony Siragusa. Kenny, “Moose” and “Goose” are in Chicago Week 1 as the Bears take on the Atlanta Falcons. Former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira returns for his second season as FOX Sports’ first-ever rules analyst. Pereira is available to interact with FOX NFL SUNDAY studio personalities and interpret officiating calls with game crews at stadiums across the country, both on- and off-camera.
Renowned play-by-play broadcaster Gus Johnson, who joined the FOX Sports Media Group in May as the lead college football announcer, calls select NFL on FOX games this season. His first assignment comes Week 4 when he teams with his FX College Football Game of the Week team, analyst Charles Davis and former University of Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster, to call the Washington Redskins’ game against the St. Louis Rams.
Each week, the NFL on FOX broadcast day begins with FOX NFL SUNDAY (12:00 PM ET), America’s most-watched NFL pregame show. The one-hour prelude is the recipient of 20 Emmy Awards and stars co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee, analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan, premier NFL insider Jay Glazer, comedic prognosticator Frank Caliendo, and Pereira. Bradshaw and Long have been with the show since its debut in 1994, and Bradshaw won the 2008 Emmy for Outstanding Studio Analyst, his third.
The 2011 NFL on FOX campaign kicks off Sunday, Sept. 11 (1:00 PM ET) with doubleheader coverage of seven games, highlighted by a clash between last season’s NFC South Champion Atlanta Falcons led by Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan traveling to Soldier Field to face the reigning NFC North Champion Chicago Bears. Week 1 also features Eli Manning and the Giants taking on their NFC East division foe the Washington Redskins and what some are calling the Philadelphia Eagles “Dream Team” traveling to St. Louis to battle the Rams.
Following are the NFL on FOX announcer pairings for 2011:
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman & Pam Oliver
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston & Tony Siragusa
Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick & Laura Okmin
Dick Stockton & John Lynch
Chris Myers & Tim Ryan
Ron Pitts & Jim Mora
Sam Rosen & Chad Pennington
Gus Johnson, Charles Davis & Tim Brewster
Stockton, Pitts and Albert have the distinction of being the only members of the group to work NFL on FOX games full-time since FOX Sports’ inception in 1994. Oliver, as previously mentioned, is in her 17th season, followed by Rosen (16), Buck (14), Aikman and Johnston (11), Ryan (10), Brennaman (9), Glazer and Siragusa (8), Myers (7), Billick (4), Okmin (4), Lynch (3), Mora (2) and Pennington.
The complete 2010 regular season averaged 20.1 million viewers, smashing the previous NFL on FOX record of 19.1 million set in 2009 by a million viewers. As for the household ratings, 2010 averaged an 11.8/24, its best rating in 15 years (12.5/29 in 1995) and surpassed 2009’s then record-setting campaign by +4% in rating (11.8 vs. 11.4) and +5% in viewership (20.1 million vs. 19.1 million).
David Hill, Eric Shanks and Doug Sellars are the Executive Producers of FOX Sports. Bill Brown is Senior Producer. Scott Ackerson is Executive Vice President and Executive Producer of all studio programming. Bill Richards is the Coordinating Producer of FOX NFL Sunday and Bob Levy directs.