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Flames Fire Play-by-Play Announcer Loubardias

Calgary Flames play-by-play announcer Peter Loubardias, whose style seemed to grate on certain fans, has been fired by Rogers Sportsnet after three years, a move that left the 45-year-old “devastated,” “heartbroken” and “hurt.”

Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald spoke to Loubardias as he traveled from Calgary to Saskatchewan.

“There’s probably not going to be any answers waiting for me in the Queen City,” Loubardias said. “But I need to get away from Calgary to clear my head.

“I’m devastated. Heartbroken. Hurt.”

Rogers Sportsnet has not announced a reason for the termination of Loubardias, who was also the voice of the Memorial Cup.

“We work in a business that is unbelievably subjective,” Loubardias said. “I have great respect for people in business and the people in the top positions. It’s a business, and they have to make the decisions they feel are going to make their network better going forward.”

“I have treasured the opportunity to cover eight Memorial Cups,” he said. “That’s hard for me to even talk about. I have been so lucky to be involved with the national broadcast of that tournament. To think next year in Shawinigan that’s going to be somebody else, that one really hurts. That one really stings.”
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Fox Sports Announcer Joe Buck Fighting Viral Ailment

In case Joe Buck sounds a little off during Saturday’s St. Louis-Cincinnati broadcast, it’s because the Fox Sports announcer is fighting a viral ailment.

A virus developed in the nerves of Buck’s left vocal cord shortly after the Super Bowl in mid-February. While he isn’t expected to miss any time, Buck is still a month away from full recovery.

“And I don’t plan on missing any until I really have to,” Buck said. “I just have to plow through it. I’m not damaging it or hurting it by talking. I’m just waiting for it to fire like it’s supposed to.”

Buck had a scheduled break last week and gets another next weekend.

“I’m just taking it week to week. I’m improving, it’s trending up. It hasn’t slowed me down from talking, just ask my kids.”

CBS College Sports Network Is No Longer

Just a reminder that CBS College Sports Network officially rebrands today as CBS Sports Network.

CBS first announced the name change in February and plans to leverage its other sports properties with the network, including CBS Sports, Showtime Sports, CBSSports.com and MaxPreps.com.

The name change takes effect tonight with the Bracket Breakdown show, which airs immediately following the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship game broadcast on the CBS Television Network.

AFC Title Game Breaks Record; NFC Is Most-Viewed in 29 Years

Almost 55 million people saw the New York Jets lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday’s AFC Championship game. CBS’s broadcast posted a 28.3 fast-national rating and had 54.850 million viewers.

Although it was the most-viewed AFC title game ever, it was only the highest-rated one since the 1996-1997 season when the matchup between the New England Patriots and the Jacksonville Jaguars earned a 28.5 on NBC. Additionally, the game was actually down eight percent in ratings and five percent in viewership from last year’s game in the same timeslot, Fox’s Minnesota Vikings-New Orleans Saints NFC title match.

How did that game do this year? Read more