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Behind the Broadcast: Catalon excited about tennis assignment

Saturday, June 30, 2012
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Andrew Catalon is getting another plum assignment.

The NBC13 (WNYT) sports reporter and weekend anchor will be one of the play-by-play announcers for the tennis coverage during NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Summer Olympics. The tennis action begins July 28 and runs for a week.

The tennis matches will be tel­evised by Bravo and Bravo HD. Catalon will share play-by-play duties with Brett Haber. Ted Robinson will call the men’s final.

Catalon is no stranger to calling tennis matches. He has worked for CBS Sports on its 3D coverage of the U.S. Open the last two years.

“I’ve really fallen in love with announcing tennis,” Catalon said. “I played it as a kid growing up. I wasn’t very good. I’ve taken to the sport after announcing the U.S. Open the last couple of years. I was really hoping that I would get this opportunity, and I’m so excited to get over there.”

All of the matches will take place at Wimbledon.

“It doesn’t get any better than that,” Catalon said. “That is the ultimate for tennis. Earlier this year, I was at Augusta National [for the Masters]. To go to Augusta and Wimbledon in the same year, I’m pinching myself.”

This will be Catalon’s third Olympics assignment. In the 2008 Summer Games from Beijing, he called team handball from NBC’s New York studios. Two years ago, he did curling from the Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In addition to that, Catalon has done sports updates for NBC, and has worked for SNY.

Still, he enjoys working for WNYT.

“I love my job in Albany,” Catalon said. “It’s been close to nine years. I also do really enjoy announcing events like golf and tennis. When I was in college, I didn’t even do sportscasts, I announced games.

“I enjoy doing both. I’d love to continue to balance both. I enjoy doing my player of the week stories at [WNYT], but I also get an adrenaline rush when I’m at a game. The more I can continue to balance both is what I’m striving for, but I really do enjoy being at an event.”

Other notables calling action at the Olympics include Glens Falls native Dave Strader, who will be calling play-by-play on select basketball games, and former Albany Firebirds and College of Saint Rose basketball announcer Ari Wolfe, who will be calling table tennis.

Berman on ‘MNF’

ESPN announced today that Chris Berman will call the second game of the network’s “Monday Night Football” double-header Sept. 10 between the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.

Berman, who has been with ESPN since its inception in 1979 and has called Major League Baseball games, has never done play-by-play for an NFL game.

Trent Dilfer will be the analyst.

Berman and Dilfer will call the Arizona Cardinals-Tennessee Titans preseason game Aug. 23.

NFL time change

The NFL is making sure that fans will be able to see all of the second half of the double-header games on CBS and FOX.

The league announced Thursday that it’s moving the start time for the late afternoon double-header games from 4:15 p.m. to 4:25 p.m.

In researching the kickoff time shift, the NFL analyzed games from the 2009-11 seasons and found that 44 games required part of the aud­ience to be switched to a mandatory double-header game kickoff. With a 4:25 p.m kickoff time, that number that would have been reduced by 66 percent to only 15 games.

The 4:05 p.m. start times for games not on the double-header network stay the same.

Jeanneret doing all Sabres’ games

Buffalo Sabres fans will hear legendary play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret for all 82 games this season.

Jeanneret announced his intentions Wednesday in a story on the Sabres’ website. The games are televised by MSG, MSG Plus and Sabres HD.

“It took a few days,” said Jeanneret, who will be in his 41st year with the Sabres. “I had to think about it a little bit. But once I diced up the schedule and parsed it a little bit, I decided that it was pretty darn good. I wish it was something that had been in place in past years. It would’ve made a difference to what I’d done in the past, and probably would’ve done more games.”

Jeanneret will be honored Nov. 12 at the Hockey Hall of Fame with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award.

Parting shots

The New York Mets will be on a Capital Region radio station this weekend. WTMM-FM (104.5) will have the ESPN Radio broadcast of the Mets-Los Angeles Dodgers games tonight at 7:15 and 8 p.m. Sunday. The games will also be televised on FOX23 and FOX23 HD tonight, and ESPN and ESPN HD Sunday. . . .

TBS and TBS HD will have the Major League Baseball All-Star team selection show at 1 p.m. Sunday. . . .

Also on Sunday, YES and YES HD will televise the New York Yankees’ Old-Timers Day at 11 a.m. . . .

ESPN and ESPN HD has the Euro 2012 soccer final between Italy and Spain at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. . . .

MLB Network and MLB HD will have the Seattle Mariners, featuring Schenectady High School graduate Casper Wells, facing the Boston Red Sox tonight at 10. . . .

The Tour de France begins this morning at 8 a.m. on NBC Sports Network and NBCSN HD with the prologue from Liege, Belgium.

 
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