College football media notes: Fox takes page out of "GameDay" playbook

THE ATHLETIC's John Walters writes Fox' "Big Noon Kickoff" opening is "now a near shot-for-shot remake" of the ESPN "College GameDay" intro segment. The previously Century City-bound Fox crew is "coming to your ci-tay this September." Over the next three Saturdays, they will "venture to Columbus (Oregon-Ohio State), Norman (Nebraska-Oklahoma) and Chicago (Notre Dame-Wisconsin)." ESPN's "GameDay" established "winning formula long ago." The Fox show realized "it could either keep running the wishbone or get with the times and install the spread-option." Walters writes Fox' Bob Stoops looked "shakier on his opening series Saturday morning than Ohio State’s CJ Stroud did two nights earlier." He will "improve with reps -- but Urban Meyer is an incredibly tough act to follow" (, 9/7).

END OF ERA FOR UM FOOTBALL BROADCASTS: In Detroit, Angelique Chengelis noted Univ. of Michigan football radio broadcasters Jim Brandstatter and Dan Dierdorf will "be retiring from the booth after this season, their eighth year together." They announced their "joint decision" in the opening minutes of Saturday’s season-opening game broadcast. Brandstatter had been the "radio analyst on Michigan games for 34 years when he shifted responsibilities," and Dierdorf "joined the booth in 2014." The two said that they "reached the decision early this year" (DETROIT NEWS, 9/5).

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES: In Dallas, Mattew Soderberg noted Saturday's Texas State-Baylor game on ESPN+ featured "consistent audio breaks and missed camera assignments" that "plagued Bear fans all night long." One look at social media "shows it clearly," as many fans on Twitter were not pleased with the OTT broadcast (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/6).

SBJ Spotlight: TikTok’s threat to traditional sports media

While tech companies are consumed with finding ways to compete with TikTok, almost no one in conventional media “spends any time talking about it,” said Recode senior correspondent Peter Kafka in an Spotlight interview with SBJ’s John Ourand. “To me, that’s just an obvious disconnect.” Kafka authored a recent column headlined, “It’s TikTok’s world. Can TV live in it?” He said the main response to TikTok’s growth from traditional media execs has been to “punt and hope it’s someone else’s problem a quarter from now or two years from now.” But Kafka said that ignores the trend of conventional broadcast audiences growing older while a billion younger consumers spend most of their media time watching short video after short video. “If you’re in the business of getting anyone under the age of 30 to look at what you’re putting on a screen, you have to think about the fact that you’re probably asking them to put down TikTok and watch your thing instead,” said Kafka. “That’s a very difficult ask. … [TikTok] is insanely addictive.”

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