Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister covers everything in Cincinnati sports! Host of sports talk on Cincinnati News Radio 700WLW and ESPN 1530!Full Bio


Cincinnati sports figures = national broadcasters

National TV

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is retiring and entering the broadcast booth.

ESPN reports that Witten has agreed to become an analyst on ESPN Monday Night Football.

Witten, who will turn 36 on Sunday, ends his career as one of the best tight ends in NFL history, totaling 1,152 catches for 12,448 yards and 68 touchdowns. He ranks 4th all-time in receptions, behind only Jerry Rice (1,549), Tony Gonzalez (1,325) and Larry Fitzgerald (1,234). The  11-time Pro Bowler holds several NFL records, including most receptions in a single season by a tight end (110 in 2012) and most catches in a game by a tight end (18 in 2012). 

Former Cowboys will now fill three prominent roles as network TV analysts:

ESPN: Jason Whitten

Fox: Troy Aikman

CBS: Tony Romo

That list reminds me of a topic we did just over a year ago.

Greater Cincinnati star power

Have you ever stopped to consider the number of former Cincinnati players/coaches/managers/general managers that went on to hold national broadcasting positions? Also consider other individuals that live in the area, or are from the area, that hold/held national jobs. 

Check out this list. Did I leave anyone out?

Bengals: Boomer Esiason (CBS), Cris Collinsworth (NBC), Solomon Wilcots (CBS), Sam Wyche (NBC), Bob Trumpy (NBC), Anthony Munoz (Fox), David Pollack (ESPN), Takeo Spikes (NFL Network). 

Reds: David Ross (ESPN), Aaron Boone (ESPN), Sean Casey (MLB Network), Joe Morgan (ESPN), Barry Larkin (ESPN), Pete Rose (Fox Sports), Jim Bowden (ESPN, MLB Radio), Jeff Brantley (ESPN), Rob Dibble (ESPN, Fox Sports), Deion Sanders (NFL Network), Al Michaels (ABC, NBC), Tom Seaver (ABC, NBC), Lou Piniella (Fox Sports), Ray Knight (ESPN), Eduardo Perez (ESPN). 

Xavier: Pete Gillen (CBS Sports Network).

UC: Oscar Robertson (CBS), Louis Johnson, (NBC).

Hockey: Barry Melrose, WHA Cincinnati Stingers (ESPN), Kevin Weekes, IHL Cincinnati Cyclones (Hockey Night in Canada/NHL Network), Brian Lawton, IHL Cincinnati Cyclones (NHL Network). 

Others....from the area/or living in the area: Rocky Boiman (ESPN), Heather Mitts (ESPN/Fox Sports), Thom Brennaman (Fox Sports), Merril Hoge (ESPN), Dan Patrick (ESPN, Fox Sports), Tom Jackson (ESPN), Chris Rose (Fox/NFL Network/MLB Network).

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