Big Names: NBC Mum on Hammond’s Notre Dame Status (Also: Stuart Scott, George Smith)


NBC Sports was vague when asked about Tom Hammond‘s status on Notre Dame football coverage next season. In other news, ESPN anchor Stuart Scott is again dealing with cancer, and ESPN reporter George Smith has left the network.

  • NBC Vague on Hammond’s Status: NBC Sports did not confirm or deny that Notre Dame play-by-play voice Tom Hammond will be replaced next season, Sports Illustrated reported Monday. In a statement, an NBC spokesperson said the network “will be evaluating all production elements this offseason, as we do annually” (, 1/14). Hammond was recently replaced on NBC’s NFL Wild Card coverage by Dan Hicks. (Sports Illustrated)
  • ESPN’s Scott Again Battling Cancer: ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Stuart Scott is again fighting cancer, he announced on his verified Twitter account. Scott, who first battled the disease in 2007, said he will undergo chemotherapy every two weeks but continue to appear on-air. (
  • George Smith Leaving ESPN: ESPN reporter George Smith has left the network, according to Sports Illustrated. Smith, who joined ESPN in 2003 after a decade with various local news affiliates, has joined Cleveland CBS affiliate WOIO. (Sports Illustrated)