Tag:Bob Papa
Posted on: May 5, 2011 9:32 am
Edited on: May 5, 2011 9:39 am

Report: Bob Papa out; Mayock, Nessler in for NFLN

Fans should be excited to hear Mike Mayock on Thursday Night Football broadcasts next year (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Every time they watch the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football broadcast, gobs of NFL fans flock to Twitter to protest the color analyst stylings of Joe Theismann and Matt Millen. So, today should be a good day for those who are unimpressed by the duo.

According to Richard Deitsch of SI.com, the NFL Network will switch up its lineup next season, implanting in the booth Brad Nessler on play by play and Mike Mayock on color.

We already told you about Mayock replacing Theismann and Millen – which should make those who appreciate preparation and good analysis quite happy (that’s not an insult at Theismann and Millen; it’s a compliment to Mayock’s ability) – but Nessler is a bit of a surprise.

Bob Papa, who had been holding down the play by play job since 2008, is a solid broadcaster – not flashy, yet very capable – but the NFL Network made him re-audition for his job (which many of us saw as quite a slap in the face) and ultimately didn’t get it.

There were rumors that excitement junkie Gus Johnson would be tapped to lead the broadcast, but ultimately, the network went with Nessler, who’s been working with ESPN the last two decades as a college football and college basketball broadcaster.

Deitsch also reported that Papa and Theismann are expected to continue their affiliations with the NFL Network in some way.

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Posted on: April 14, 2011 3:23 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2011 4:17 pm

Changes in the NFL Network Thursday night booth

Posted by Andy Benoit

There are changes coming in the NFL Network booth. Our friend Richard Deitsch at Sports Illustrated reports that Mike Mayock, one of the fastest-rising analysts in the business, will replace Matt Millen and Joe Theismann as the color commentator.

Mayock has earned respect throughout the league for his tireless work ethic and commitment to film study. He drew rave reviews for his work in the Saints-Seahawks wild card thriller this past January.

There are also whispers that the lovable Gus Johnson and his ALL CAPS play-by-play style could replace Bob Papa.

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