In Chicago, Jeff Agrest writes new Fox analyst Greg Olsen, who on Sunday will call his third game since joining the broadcast booth full tiime, is "living up to his billing on the network’s No. 2 team." Olsen sounds "like a natural," and he is "smooth in and out of his dialogue" with play-by-play voice Kevin Burkhardt, He is "sharp with his analysis and he’s good for a laugh." Fox put Olsen in "a great spot with Burkhardt, an excellent, easygoing lead voice." Olsen said that his "biggest challenge" has been "learning the mechanics of the broadcast, particularly being able to hold a thought while the producer or director is talking in his headset" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 9/24).
PREFERABLE ALTERNATIVE: In Chicago, Paul Sullivan wrote while Peyton Manning "tends to talk about himself a bit too much" during ESPN2's "ManningCast," the X’s and O’s are "terrific, and it’s much preferable to the crew on ESPN." Having "interesting guests," such as Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski "helps, especially when he piles on Peyton, as he did Monday." Gronkowski should "be the Manning brothers’ Buddy Hackett, available on a weekly basis for comic relief" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/23).
CONFLICT OF INTEREST? BLOOMBERG NEWS' Timothy O'Brien notes ESPN's Adam Schefter "recently invested in Boom Entertainment, a maker of sports and casino gambling apps," and one of Schefter’s co-investors in Boom is Patriots Owner Robert Kraft. Viewers and Schefter’s 8.5 million Twitter followers might "end up wondering whether he will shade his opinions or bury important information if he directly or indirectly has money riding on games and athletes." When asked if it had "a conflicts-of-interest policy outlining ethically acceptable investments for its employees," ESPN declined "to say whether a policy exists and, if one does, whether Schefter’s Boom investment comports with it" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 9/23).