- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 4, 2010
- 4 Comments
ESPN revealed today the names of the four lead announcers for its TV coverage of the 2010 World Cup. None of them are American born broadcasters.
The lead TV commentators are Martin Tyler (England), Derek Rae (Scotland), Ian Darke (England) and Adrian Healey (England). So where are the American born broadcasters for the World Cup? They’ll be in Bristol, Connecticut for the majority of the tournament.
ESPN announced today that JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth will be handling the radio commentary of the World Cup for ESPN Radio. A slap in the face for Dellacamera if you ask me, he’s been the top broadcaster here for the last few years.
I’m sure things will balance out will balance out in terms of who the color commentators are for the tournament. I just think ESPN could have done a little bit better in who they got for the lead announcers here. At least give JP one of the spots here as most Americans are comfortable with him.
ESPN is rounding out the rest of the radio crew with teams of Glenn Davis and Kyle Martino (good duo right there, another that deserves to be on TV) and then Ross Dryer and Shep Messing (a duo I could live without honestly).
Thankfully these broadcast teams are better than what we had in 2006. That was a train wreck of an event for ABC/ESPN. Who can remember Marcelo Balboa and Dave O’Brien calling games and pissing people off? Yeah, at least this is a step in a good direction even if there is no Dellacamera on the screen. I still wish ESPN threws a bone to Phil Schoen and Dave Johnson for a radio call because they’re both certainly some of the best out there.