Bruins voice Jack Edwards apologized Saturday for comparing NHL player Matt Cooke to infamous assassin Sirhan Sirhan. In other news, singer Faith Hill will not return to “Sunday Night Football” next season, and NBC MLS voice Arlo White has been named the voice of the net’s EPL coverage.
- NESN play-by-play voice Jack Edwards apologized during Saturday’s Penguins/Bruins game for comparing Penguins LW Matt Cooke to assassin Sirhan Sirhan, the man who murdered presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy during the 1968 campaign. Edwards said on-air that nominating Cooke for the NHL’s Masterson Award — which honors players for sportsmanship — was “about the equivalent of nominating Sirhan Sirhan as the prisoner of the year.” In his apology, Edwards said he “made a mistake” and had a “bad emotional reaction.” (NHL.com)
- Singer Faith Hill will not perform the “Sunday Night Football” open next season, she announced early this week. Hill performed the theme since 2007 — the second season of NBC’s Sunday night coverage — replacing previous performer Pink. Hill’s departure comes more than a year after Hank Williams Jr. was dropped from ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” for comparing the president to Adolf Hitler. (New York Daily News)
- NBC Sports has named Arlo White the lead voice of English Premier League coverage on the NBC family of networks. White, who was in his second season as the lead announcer for Major League Soccer on NBC, expects to leave for England in early July. Though he will no longer work regularly on MLS coverage, White said this week that he could return to MLS for some playoff coverage in November. (philly.com)