August 14, 2006

Buck to host Fox NFL pregame show

By Paul J. Gough

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox Sports will turn to
play-by-play announcer Joe Buck to front its top-rated pregame
and postgame shows, as former host James Brown to moves to CBS.

Buck will join co-hosts Terry Bradshaw, Jimmy Johnson and
Howie Long for "Fox NFL Sunday" and "The OT" on all but three
telecasts, when he's off doing play-by-play for Fox's
postseason baseball coverage. Subbing for him will be Curt
Menefee, who joins the network hosting the halftime show and
the postgame coverage.

Buck also will keep his role as play-by-play announcer for
the network's first broadcast team with Troy Aikman and Pam
Oliver. Fox said it marks the first time a broadcaster will
host an NFL pregame show while handling play-by-play duties.

The move gives Fox Sports the push it has needed to move
the pregame show onto the road, where it occasionally has been
during the postseason.

"It's something that we've wanted to do forever," said Fox
Sports President Ed Goren, who made the Buck announcement with
Fox Sports chairman David Hill on Monday at News Corp.

The commitment to move the pre- and postgame shows from the
Los Angeles studio to the stadium isn't insignificant, but Hill
said he was confident that Fox Sports would get all the bugs
worked out. One big help: Bradshaw, Johnson and Long will be
able to keep track of the games via a bank of TVs supplied by

For his part, Buck said he's looking forward to the
challenge and minimized his role.

"These guys (pointing to Bradshaw, Johnson and Long) are
the show," Buck said. "I'm just there to tee them up and have
some fun."

Buck, who has been with Fox Sports for 13 years, also will
continue as play-by-play announcer for Major League Baseball on

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter