CBS has got Sean McDonough again. Now, all it needs is baseball.
NEW YORK (AP) _ CBS has got Sean McDonough again. Now, all it needs is baseball.
``I think we have an excellent chance to get baseball back, but I don’t think my signing means that’s guaranteed,″ McDonough said.
On Tuesday, CBS Sports announced that it signed McDonough, CBS’ one-time baseball announcer, to an exclusive, longterm network contract. He’ll call college basketball and football for CBS, as well as other special assignments.
``I think Sean is sensational,″ CBS Sports senior vice president Rick Gentile said. ``This was an opportunity to get him involved in the stuff that we now own and do. Baseball is another story.″
McDonough first worked for CBS in 1990, when he was signed to do college basketball. In 1991, he teamed with Tim McCarver as CBS’ lead baseball team, but CBS lost the major leagues to ABC and NBC after the 1993 World Series.
In the interim, McDonough has done baseball for ESPN, college basketball for CBS and will remain the voice of the Boston Red Sox.
And, he will be an interested bystander when negotiations begin this week on a contract to replace The Baseball Network deal with ABC and NBC that expires at the end of the season.
In the meantime, McDonough said, ``We have a great college basketball schedule, and I think the NCAA tournament is one of the great events in all of sports.″
McDonough also will do one of CBS’ bowl games this year and be part of a regular-season announcing team when the network begins full-season coverage of college football.
``Sean and I have been conspiring about this for a long time. The opening really came in a practical sense when Verne Lundquist went to Turner,″ Gentile said. Gentile said one of the reasons CBS hired McDonough was because of his versatility.
For McDonough, it’ll present a welcome bit of stability to a crazy schedule. The 33-year-old McDonough estimates he works as many as 130 events each year, ``and sometimes it’s hard to keep track of where you are.″
``I remember doing an ESPN Sunday night baseball game back in May, on Mother’s Day, and we were rehearsing. During the rehearsal, I said, `On behalf of CBS Sports, Happy Mother’s Day.′ It’s a good thing it was a rehearsal,″ McDonough said. ``Thankfully, I’ve never done that on the air, but I was always afraid of it.″