10 June 2014

2014 NFL on CBS Announcers

Just one day after it was reported that the broadcast team of Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts was being promoted, we know have the full commentator pairings for the NFL in CBS for the 2014 season. Let's take a look.

NFL on CBS schedule

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

Additional play-by-play announcers will be Brian Anderson and Tom McCarthy. Additional analysts will be Adam Archuleta of CBS Sports Network and Chris Simms, who worked college football games last year on Fox Sports 1. And other sideline reporters that will be utilized are Jenny Dell, formerly of Red Sox games on NESN, and Evan Washburn, who works college football and lacrosse on CBS Sports Network.

Beyond the retired Dan Dierdorf, the other subtraction from last year's CBS pairings is Bill Macatee, who was working on the six crew with Steve Tasker. I am not sure of the reasons why Macatee, who is CBS's lead tennis commentator as well as Nantz's backup on golf, was taken off NFL action and I think he was a pretty solid play-by-play guy.

Two things else stick out: Dedes being promoted to work a regular slate of games with the underrated Wilcots, and the three man broadcast team of Catalon, Beuerlein and Tasker. Dedes was rumored to do more NFL work in the wake of leaving the Knicks radio broadcasts for more national work, and now we have the answer. I could be a little biased because he's from my neck of the woods, but I have always found him to be a solid announcer with a bright future.

CBS toyed with a three man broadcasting with Beuerlein and Tasker working together a few times last year and it seems that they liked what they saw. I don't love either analyst, although I think Tasker is a little better than Beuerlein. I do like their new broadcast partner in Catalon, another rising star at CBS who was rumored to be doing more NFL work.

I did touch on it yesterday but since Nantz, (Phil) Simms and Wolfson will be working Thursday Night Football, there will be a number of Sundays that that crew does not work. In that case, every crew will move up.

And before I forget, the new broadcast teams will join a new crew on The NFL Today, after the additions of Tony Gonzalez and Bart Scott.

H/T CBS Sports


  1. Marv Albert is the other subtraction too. Guess he's focusing more on NBA games.

  2. Won't see McCarthy until after the Phillies season ends and Anderson after that as he does the Brewers and baseball playoffs for TBS.

  3. What happened to Bill Macatee

    1. Not sure, I was surprised to see him not doing games anymore. He's still at CBS as he was just on their PGA Championship coverage and will helm their US Open coverage in a couple of weeks.

  4. I don't see Brian Anderson's name on any of the lists so far this year.