This week’s episode of the Awful Announcing podcast is a two parter. First, host Ben Heisler is joined by AA’s Andrew Bucholtz and Joe Lucia to talk about the upcoming NFL season, and the college football season (which still hadn’t kicked off past Week 0 when we recorded this). Then, Heisler talks to Fox’s Mike Pereira to talk about the NFL’s new pass interference review rules, the evolution of the officiating analyst position in sports media, and much more.

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Here’s the breakdown of the roundtable.

  • 2:00 – Thoughts on the updated ESPN MNF Booth
  • 6:20 – Are we likely to see more “hot take” style analysts on broadcasts in an “embrace debate” society?
  • 8:40 – Tony Romo entering Year 3… is he likely to take more criticism after these last few years?
  • 11:10 – Would they be interested in moving some analysts around to different pairings to try and make it a little fresh in the booth?
  • 12:05 – How much longer is Dick Stockton going to hang around at FOX
  • 13:30 – FOX’s new College Football Pregame Show and its new time
  • 18:50 – What role will FS1 play in all this?
  • 20:40 – Favorite/under-the-radar pairings that more people should know about?
  • 23:45 – CFB 150 and the impact it will have on this season

And here’s the breakdown of the interview with Mike Pereira.

  • 27:30 – Helping couples fill out a prenup agreement ahead of football season
  • 29:20 – Does he remember the first game he ever officiated?
  • 31:02 – What was his first “Welcome to the NFL” moment?
  • 32:15 – 10 seasons at FOX, what did he think the position would be and how has it evolved?
  • 35:00 – His perspective on the new pass interference review rules
  • 37:20 – What does a typical week look like for an NFL referee: from the moment the game ends to when the next game begins
  • 39:21 – Which former (or current) NFL referee would he most enjoy having a few drinks and grabbing some wings with?

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About Joe Lucia

I'm the managing editor of Awful Announcing and the news editor of The Comeback. I also made The Outside Corner a thing for six seasons.