New network. Same announcers.
Love him or loathe him, Brent Musburger will be the lead play-by-play guy when the SEC Network debuts this fall. He’ll be joined in the booth by the Jesse Palmer and his tight suit jackets and tendency to win time of possession of every discussion.
I’ve never been a huge fan of Musburger, but understand his place in the business and the reasons why he’ll be the main man on the SEC Network. His move leaves a hole on the Saturday prime time games on ABC, which could open that spot for Chris Fowler.
Palmer is growing into his job as an analyst, but tends to dominate conversations by running on and on and on. He might benefit from a two-man booth, so he won’t have to fight for time with another analyst.
Musberger and Palmer will call the network’s debut football game when Texas A&M plays at South Carolina on Aug. 28.
John Wildhack, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Production, said in a release:
“Brent Musburger is a cultural icon who has been guiding fans through many of sport’s most spectacular moments for decades. His big-game performance and unmistakable style will elevate our football coverage on the SEC Network. Serving as the definitive play-by-play voice for this major network launch represents an exciting new chapter in his legendary career and reinforces our commitment and investment in the SEC Network.
“Jesse Palmer has quickly established himself as one of college football’s most insightful, entertaining and dedicated analysts. As a former SEC quarterback, he brings the perfect combination of playing experience and deep conference knowledge to the SEC Network. Partnering him with Brent on this new national platform will create a memorable booth for college football fans everywhere.”
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