Sean McDonough

Sean McDonough (born May 13, 1962) is an American sportscaster, currently employed by ESPN.

Sean McDonough
BornMay 13, 1962 (age 57)
OccupationSportscaster
EmployerCBS, ABC, ESPN

Early life

The son of Boston Globe sportswriter Will McDonough, Sean graduated from Syracuse University in 1984.[1] During college he worked for Syracuse football coach Dick MacPherson.[2]

Career

Early career

McDonough was an intern at the short lived Enterprise Radio Network in 1981.

It was in Syracuse where McDonough began his broadcasting career in 1982 as the play-by-play announcer for the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League. McDonough was also an Ivy League football announcer for PBS. He was a sideline reporter from 1984 to 1985 and a play-by-play announcer from 1986 to 1987.

Boston Red Sox

Four years after graduating from Syracuse, he began broadcasting Boston Red Sox games on WSBK-TV (Channel 38) in Boston with former Red Sox catcher Bob Montgomery and later former Red Sox second baseman Jerry Remy. McDonough announced Red Sox games until 2005.

CBS Sports

He began work for CBS Sports in 1990, where he broadcast college basketball (including 10 NCAA tournaments), college football (including the prestigious Orange Bowl game), the College World Series, the NFL, US Open tennis, three Winter Olympics (bobsled and luge in 1992 and 1994 and ice hockey in 1998), and golf[3] (including four Masters and PGA Championships).

In December 1999, CBS Sports President Sean McManus informed McDonough that his contract would not be renewed.[4] Once Dick Enberg, late of NBC became available, McDonough basically became the odd man out.[5]

Major League Baseball on CBS

Outside of New England, he is probably best remembered for his time as CBS's lead baseball announcer, a role in which he was teamed with Tim McCarver. In 1992, at the age of 30, he became the youngest man to announce the national broadcast (and all nine innings of all of the games played) of the World Series. Coincidentally, that particular record would be broken four years later by Fox's 27-year-old Joe Buck, the son of the man McDonough replaced on CBS, Jack Buck.

Technically, Vin Scully, who was 25 when he called his first World Series in 1953, is the youngest man to ever do play-by-play for a World Series. However, unlike Sean McDonough and later, Joe Buck, Scully was there as a representative of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The policy of World Series broadcasters at the time allowed representatives of the participating teams to do alternating play-by-play on the national television broadcasts instead of an actual network employee (as was the case for Scully when he was NBC's lead baseball play-by-play man from 1983 to 1989).

Perhaps Sean McDonough's most famous call is his emotional description of the Atlanta Braves' Francisco Cabrera (who had only 10 at-bats at the major league level that season) getting a dramatic, game-winning base hit in Game 7 of the 1992 National League Championship Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates:

Line-drive and a base-hit! Justice has scored the tying run, Bream to the plate...and he is SAFE! Safe at the plate! The Braves go to the World Series![6] The unlikeliest of heroes wins the National League Championship Series for the Atlanta Braves. Francisco Cabrera, who had only ten at-bats in the major leagues during the regular season, singled through the left side, scoring Sid Bream from second base with the winning run. Bream, who's had five knee operations in his lifetime, just beat the tag from his ex-mate Mike LaValliere, and Atlanta pulls out Game 7 with three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. This place is bedlam. There will be no second nightmare for Bobby Cox. The final score in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series: the Braves 3 and the Pirates 2.

He also called the final play of the subsequent 1992 World Series, in which the Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-American based team to win the Major League Baseball's world championship:

Nixon bunts! Timlin on it! Throws to first . . . For the first time in history, the world championship banner will fly north of the border! The Toronto Blue Jays are baseball's best in 1992!

A year later, McDonough called Joe Carter's dramatic 1993 World Series ending home run off Mitch Williams of the Philadelphia Phillies:

Well-hit down the left-field line! Way back and GONE! Joe Carter with a three-run homer! The winners and still world champions, the Toronto Blue Jays!

Three years later, while calling the College World Series for CBS alongside Steve Garvey, McDonough called another series clinching home run. This time, it was Warren Morris, who hit a two out, 9th inning walk-off home run that won the 1996 College World Series[7] for the Louisiana State University Fighting Tigers against Miami.

NCAA Basketball on CBS

McDonough's other major endeavor at CBS was his coverage of the NCAA Tournament with then-partner (and fellow Irish-American) Bill Raftery. McDonough and Raftery covered a number of regional finals in the 1990s before McDonough's run at CBS came to an end. The pair developed a terrific on-air rapport, thereby enabling McDonough and Raftery to spice up their broadcasts. Before the 1999 South Regional Final between Ohio State and St. John's from Knoxville, Tennessee, McDonough and Raftery donned fishing gear as they previewed the game from a boat on the Tennessee River, which was just outside the arena.

In 1998, McDonough—with Raftery at his side—called one of the great buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history, as Connecticut defeated Washington in the East Regional Semifinals on a last-second shot by Richard Hamilton.

Departure from Red Sox

McDonough is known for his past work on Red Sox broadcasts, moving over the years to various local stations including WFXT (Channel 25), WABU (Channel 68) and WLVI (Channel 56). In 1996, he was teamed with Jerry Remy. He worked with Remy for nine seasons before being replaced in 2005 by NESN announcer Don Orsillo. McDonough attributed his firing to his salary and disputed talk that his "candor" was to blame.[8]

He later turned down an offer to become the New York Mets play-by-play man on television.

ABC/ESPN

Since 2000, McDonough has announced baseball, college basketball, college football, NBA, NHL and NCAA hockey for ABC and ESPN. Specifically, McDonough announces many Big East college football and basketball events. He has also contributed to ESPN's coverage of the U.S. Open and British Open golf tournaments, and called the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship Final Four alongside Quint Kessenich.

It was McDonough calling the play-by-play on March 12, 2009 on ESPN between UConn and Syracuse which went into 6 overtimes, becoming the longest game in Big East history clocking 3 hours and 46 minutes. The final score was 127–117 in favor of Syracuse. Also on the broadcast was color commentary from Bill Raftery and Jay Bilas.

On September 28, 2011, McDonough called the nationally televised game in which the Baltimore Orioles came back to defeat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 after Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon came within one strike of closing the game. McDonough called Baltimore's Robert Andino's walk-off single, which occurred only three minutes before Evan Longoria's walk-off home run against the New York Yankees in St. Petersburg gave the Tampa Bay Rays, who trailed the Red Sox by nine games on September 3, the American League Wild Card, as follows:

Lined to left, Crawford playing shallow dives...cannot make the catch! Reimold comes to the plate! He scores! And the Baltimore Orioles stun the Boston Red Sox!

College football and the NFL

McDonough was also behind the mic for the fumbled punt in the final seconds of the Michigan State-Michigan football game on October 17, 2015, that resulted in the game-winning touchdown for the Spartans.

Whoa, he (the Michigan punter) has trouble with the snap…and the ball is free! It's picked up by Michigan State's Jalen Watts-Jackson…and he scores! On the last play of the game! Unbelievable! (pauses while the team celebrates) Michigan State is still the big boy on the block in the state of Michigan. A shocking ending to this rivalry game.

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Starting in 2013, McDonough started play-by-play work for the NFL on ESPN Radio. Others included Ryan Ruocco, Marc Kestecher, and Bill Rosinski, who previously did NFL games for NFL on Westwood One as the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers.

McDonough was named lead play-by-play announcer for Monday Night Football (succeeding Mike Tirico, who departed for NBC Sports) beginning in the 2016 season.[10][11] In March 2018, ESPN announced that McDonough would be leaving Monday Night Football and would return to announcing college football games.[12]

Health

In 2012, McDonough had surgery to repair superior canal dehiscence syndrome (SCDS), which kept him from working for several months.[3]

Honors

In 2014, McDonough was named to the Hall of Fame for WAER, Syracuse University's noncommercial radio station where he began his sports broadcasting career as a student.[13] S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications also honored McDonough in July 2016 with the 4th annual Marty Glickman Award.[14][15] In May 2007, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Southern Vermont College.[16]

Career timeline

References

  1. ^ "Sean McDonough - ESPN MediaZone". espnmediazone.com. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  2. ^ "ESPN's Sean McDonough: Dick MacPherson 'saved my life' (best moments from funeral service)". syracuse.com. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  3. ^ a b Hiestand, Michael (14 June 2012). "ESPN's Sean McDonough to have surgery on bone near brain". USA Today. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  4. ^ Sherman, Ed (December 17, 1999). "Mcdonough Out, And That's Odd". Chicago Tribune.
  5. ^ Fang, Ken (May 16, 2016). "After losing his job with CBS, Sean McDonough thought about quitting broadcasting". Awful Announcing.
  6. ^ WavSource: Sports
  7. ^ The greatest College World Series ending ever. on YouTube
  8. ^ "After losing his job with CBS, Sean McDonough thought about quitting broadcasting". Remy Report via Reddit. December 14, 2004.
  9. ^ Yoder, Matt (17 October 2015). "VIDEO – MICHIGAN STATE BEATS MICHIGAN ON BOTCHED PUNT AS TIME EXPIRES". Bloguin. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ Hofheimer, Bill (May 9, 2016). "Sean McDonough Joins ESPN's Monday Night Football" (Press release). ESPN Media Zone. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  11. ^ Mandell, Nina (May 9, 2016). "ESPN confirms that Mike Tirico will leave network; will be replaced by Sean McDonough on MNF". USA TODAY Sports. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  12. ^ "McDonough moving off MNF, back to college football for ESPN". Boston.com. AP. March 9, 2018. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  13. ^ Lee, Joe. "McDonough '84 Roth '87 Newest Hall of Fame Inductees". Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  14. ^ "Sean McDonough '84 receives Marty Glickman Award for Leadership in Sports Media (slideshow) | Newhouse School - Syracuse University". Newhouse School. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  15. ^ "ESPN's Sean McDonough '84 Given Marty Glickman Award for Leadership in Sports Media by Newhouse School". SU News. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  16. ^ "Sportscaster tells grads nice is key". The Bennington Banner. Retrieved 2017-12-17.

External links

2008 St. Petersburg Bowl

The 2008 magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl was the inaugural edition of the new college football bowl game, and was played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The game was played beginning at 4:30 PM US EST on Saturday, December 20, 2008, and was telecast on ESPN2, saw the South Florida Bulls (based in nearby Tampa) defeat their former conference rivals Memphis Tigers, 41-14. Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Rob Stone called the game.

Bowl Championship Series on television and radio

When the Bowl Championship Series was formed in 1998, television coverage was consolidated on the ABC Television Network. Beginning with the 2006 season, the Fox Broadcasting Company took over television coverage of the Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl games. ABC retained the Rose Bowl game under a separate contract. Radio broadcast coverage has been on ESPN Radio.

College World Series on CBS

From 1988-2002, CBS Sports televised a portion of the annual College World Series.

ESPN College Football Saturday Primetime

ESPN College Football Primetime is a live game presentation of NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision college football on ESPN. In the past, the presenting sponsors have been Polaroid, AT&T and Hilton. The current presenting sponsor is Hampton by Hilton. The game telecast airs every Saturday night at 7:45pm ET during the college football regular season. The game is preceded by a 45-minute-long College Football Scoreboard with Adnan Virk, Joey Galloway and Jesse Palmer, all of whom also appear on the halftime report. This game telecast is also presented in high-definition on ESPN HD.

List of Army–Navy Game broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast the college football's Army–Navy Game throughout the years.

List of College World Series broadcasters

Through 1987, the College World Series was a pure double-elimination event. The format was changed in 1988, when the tournament was divided into two four-team double-elimination brackets, with the survivors of each bracket playing in a single championship game. The single-game championship was designed for network television, with the final game on CBS on Saturday afternoon.

In 2003, the tournament returned entirely to cable television on ESPN, which had been covering all of the other games of the CWS since 1982 (and a partial schedule since 1980). The championship final became a best-of-three series between the two bracket winners, with games scheduled for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday evenings. In the results shown here, Score indicates the score of the championship game(s) only.

The following is a list of the American television networks and announcers that have broadcast the College World Series.

List of ESPN College Football broadcast teams

The ESPN College Football Broadcast Teams are listed in the table below, including games broadcast on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN News, SEC Network, Longhorn Network, and ESPN Radio.

Note: All ESPN games are also simulcast on the ESPN App.

Broadcast pairings for college football are weekly and are subject to change.

List of ESPN Major League Baseball broadcasters

ESPN Major League Baseball broadcasters are listed below, including games broadcast only on ESPN currently and formerly.

List of Fiesta Bowl broadcasters

Television network, play-by-play and color commentator(s) for the Fiesta Bowl. The Fiesta Bowl began in 1971, but was considered a “minor bowl” until the January 1, 1982 game between Penn State–USC. Since then, the Fiesta Bowl has been considered a major bowl.

Starting with the 2010-11 season, ESPN started airing the games, out bidding Fox for the rights to the games.

List of Independence Bowl broadcasters

This is a list of Independence Bowl broadcasters. The Independence Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I college football bowl game that is played annually at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana.

List of Orange Bowl broadcasters

Television network, play-by-play and color commentator for the Orange Bowl from 1953 to the present.

List of Sugar Bowl broadcasters

Television network, play-by-play and color commentator(s) for the Sugar Bowl from 1953 to the present.

Major League Baseball on CBS

Major League Baseball on CBS is the branding used for broadcasts of Major League Baseball (MLB) games produced by CBS Sports, the sports division of the CBS television network in the United States.

Peter Cronan

Peter Joseph Cronan (born January 13, 1955) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks. He played college football at Boston College. He has been the color commentator on the Boston College radio broadcasts since 1988. His broadcast partners have included, Gil Santos, Dale Arnold, Dick Lutsk, Sean McDonough, Sean Grande, John Rooke, and his current partner Jon Meterparel.

WAER

WAER (88.3 FM) is a radio station in Syracuse, New York. It is located on the campus of Syracuse University, and is an auxiliary service of the school. The station features a jazz music and National Public Radio format, with a news and music staff providing programming around the clock. It is best known for its sports staff, which has produced the likes of Bob Costas, Marv Albert, Dick Stockton, Mike Tirico, Sean McDonough, Bill Roth, Ian Eagle, Brian Higgins, Adam Schein, Hank Greenwald, Dave O'Brien (sportscaster), Andy Musser, Beth Mowins, Andrew Catalon, Carter Blackburn, Dave Pasch, Cory Provus, Jason Benetti, Todd Kalas and many others. Lou Reed also hosted a free-format show on WAER during his time at Syracuse University; this free-format radio tradition at Syracuse is carried on by WERW. Other alums include Ted Koppel, Jerry Stiller and Dick Clark.

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