?The worst-kept secret in broadcasting finally became public last week when Fox introduced JOE BUCK, TROY AIKMAN and CRIS COLLINGSWORTH as its No. 1 NFL team. Each man brings exceptional credentials to the booth—Buck is the best broadcaster of his generation, Aikman had a terrific debut season in 2001, and Collinsworth has been solid on Fox's pregame show for the past four years—but can these parts mesh into a team worthy of succeeding JOHN MADDEN and PAT SUMMERALL? Much of Aikman's success last year was due to the deferential nature of fellow analyst DARYL JOHNSTON. Will the headstrong Collinsworth be just as giving? The success of the Fox trio could depend on it.
?Over the next few weeks ESPN will assemble its announcing teams for the 2002-03 NBA season, and the usual suspects ( BRENT MUSBERGER, MARV ALBERT) will likely to be paraded out like Thanksgiving Day floats. Here's a vote for a name that lacks cachet but not credibility: DORIS BURKE. The 36-year-old ESPN hoops analyst and play-byplay voice for the WNBA's New York Liberty is a superbly prepared broadcaster blessed with an innate feel for the game. In February 2000 she shone as an analyst on a Knicks game and has been excellent on both men's and women's college basketball telecasts. ESPN would be wise to find room on its roster for her.
?Caveat Emptor: For those thinking about doling out $54.95—a pay-per-view record—for the June 8 heavyweight fight between MIKE TYSON and LENNOX LEWIS, here's something to chew on: Tyson's six most recent fights have lasted a total of 19 rounds.