The NFL season is jsut around the corner and CBS is starting to prepare themselves for a new era in covering football at the network. With the addition of Thursday Night football games this season, CBS has made some changes to their announcer pairings and have promoted two of the easiest announcers you can listen to on Sunday afternoons.
Jim Nantz and Phil Simms remain the network’s top duo but Ian Eagle and his color commentator partner Dan Fouts have been promoted to the No. 2 duo at CBS.
Here are the official announcer pairings for the 2014 season:
1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms//Tracy Wolfson
2. Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts
3. Greg Gumbel/Trent Green
4. Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
5. Spero Dedes/Solomon Wilcots
6. Andrew Catalon/Steve Beuerlein/Steve Tasker
Gumbel had been the No. 2 play-by-play man behind Nantz and was at one time the No. 1 play-by-play announcer at the network. But he now slides back to the third slot and will be taking on the third best game the network offers on a weekly basis.
Thankfully for him though, being No. 3 still means he’ll be getting a halfway decent game on Sunday, while the likes of Spero Dedes and Andrew Catalon will be subjected to more late Raiders and Chargers games than they’ll every have wanted to stomach.
With Nantz and Simms heading up Thursday Night Football for CBS, the network will possibly call on Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts to call huge games on Sundays which puts both in the spotlight they deserve to be in. Eagle’s voice is almost synonymous with CBS telecasts and Fouts’ easy going style of making everything sound like it’s no big deal has meshed well with his partner’s style.