Jun 09, 2014
By Richard Deitsch
From : SI.com
Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts are getting a promotion.
CBS Sports is moving the popular NFL announcing duo to the network’s No. 2 NFL broadcasting team behind Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. The move means that Eagle and Fouts will occasionally call the top Sunday game on CBS when Nantz and Simms are off. This year the priority for Nantz and Simms is Thursday Night Football and with 14 Thursday Night games, Nantz and Simms will bypass doubling up on some Sundays.
The move is a significant upgrade for CBS Sports. Eagle and Fouts use humor in a broadcast as well as any NFL broadcast team and thankfully dial down on overhyping coaches and players. As partners, they have worked four seasons (68 games) together. Moving them up to No. 2 — which means more people in the country would view their work including the playoffs — will also strengthen CBS’s No. 3 team, which is expected to feature Greg Gumbel and newcomer Trent Green following the retirement of longtime NFL analyst Dan Dierdorf.
“I’m thrilled by the news and it just made me reflect back on having partner like Ian,” Fouts told SI.com on Monday night. “The chemistry between us just happened. But we have always considered every game we’ve done to be a big game and it is to the people watching that game. We don’t compete with other broadcast teams. We compete with ourselves.”
Eagle said on Monday he received word that CBS Sports management was considering the move a month ago. “I’m thrilled that Dan and I get to continue our partnership,” he said. “Chemistry is so hard to predict. [CBS Sports chairman] Sean McManus put us together five years ago and he had the foresight that we could be an entertaining combination. It’s been an organic partnership. We will cover things the same way. It may be going to a larger audience but that won’t change how we approach the game.”
Fouts said the partnership has worked because the two share the same traits of humor, honesty and passion. “There are very few guys in the business that work harder than Ian,” Fouts said. “When you have a partner like that, nothing will be missed.”
Contacted on Monday afternoon by SI.com, a CBS spokeswoman said that rest of the CBS NFL broadcasting team for 2014 will be released sometime this week.