The NFL on Fox producers are shaking things up a bit this season, adding a new play-by-play man, a new color analyst and at least two new sideline reporters.
Fox, which is headed into its 20th season broadcasting the NFL, will keep its top three teams (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver; Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa; Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin) in place, though.
Buck heads into his 12th season as the lead voice of the network's football coverage and he and Aikman will call their fourth Super Bowl together in New Jersey on Feb. 2, 2014. Their first game this season will be the Packers visiting the 49ers in Week 1.
The newest team has been well-publicized in recent months. Kevin Burkhardt, SNY's sideline reporter for its New York Mets broadcasts, will call play-by-play with analyst John Lynch and reporter Erin Andrews. Andrews, who was also recently named host of Fox College Saturday, worked spot assignments with Buck, Aikman and Oliver last season. This team's first assignment will be one that keeps Burkhardt within his usual broadcast region as its the Buccaneers-Jets game from the Meadowlands in Week 1.
Finally, Fox's third new team features an old hand at play-by-play with a first-time analyst. Ronde Barber, whom Fox hired this offseason, will call games with veteran play-by-play man Dick Stockton and sideline reporter Kris Budden. Barber joined Fox following his retirement after the 2012 season. Their first assignment will be Cardinals-Rams in Week 1.
In a more minor move, Molly McGrath -- a former Boston Celtics sideline reporter who joined Fox Sports 1 as an update anchor -- will roam the sidelines as part of Fox's seventh-most prominent broadcast team. That team features the legendary Sam Rosen on play-by-play and Heath Evans doing color commentary, but won't begin working until Week 2.
NFL on Fox broadcast teams and first assignments
|1. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver||Week 1: Green Bay vs. San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. ET|
|2. Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa||Week 1: Atlanta vs. New Orleans, 1 p.m. ET|
|3. Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin||Week 1: Minnesota vs. Detroit, 1 p.m. ET|
|4. Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Erin Andrews||Week 1: Tampa Bay vs. NY Jets, 1 p.m. ET|
|5. Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale||Week 1: Seattle vs. Carolina, 1 p.m. ET|
|6. Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber, Kris Budden||Week 1: Arizona vs. St. Louis, 4:25 p.m. ET|
|7. Sam Rosen, Heath Evans, Molly McGrath||Week 2: Detroit vs. Arizona, 4:05 p.m. ET|