Big Names: ESPN Apologizes After Storm, Schefter Seem to Celebrate Mangini Firing

Posted by | January 4, 2011 at 4:51 AM

Recent news involving sports media personalities, including Mike Mayock working NBC’s Wild Card Saturday coverage, ESPN apologizing after Hannah Storm and Adam Schefter seemed to celebrate the firing of an NFL coach, and Torry Holt joining NFL Network.

  • Mike Mayock: The NBC college football broadcaster will serve as the game analyst for Saturday’s Saints/Seahawks NFC Wild Card game on NBC. Mayock, who also serves as an analyst for NFL Network, will work alongside play-by-play voice Tom Hammond and sideline reporter Alex Flanagan. (USA Today)
  • Hannah Storm and Adam Schefter: ESPN issued an apology Monday after the broadcasters laughed and exchanged high-fives while reporting the firing of Browns coach Eric Mangini. Storm and Schefter later explained that co-anchor Josh Elliot had “[challenged] them to see if they got breaking news on the set,” and they were not trying to “[celebrate] anyone’s misfortune.” While conceding that Storm and Schefter “were not making light of the firing itself,” an ESPN spokesman called their conduct “inappropriate.” (Albany Times-Union, USA Today)
  • Torry Holt: The former Rams WR joined NFL Network as an analyst last week. Holt will serve as a studio analyst for the network’s NFL Total Access show, as well as other unspecified programming. (nfl.com)