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I said he's got the voice. He's a natural like Joe Buck is but he's on a local broadcast.
It's funny, I thought the same thing, but in the negative.
I hate Joe Buck. I don't like his sound. He has that stereotypical fake vanilla almost-monotonish-but-not-quite personalityless sounding broadcaster voice.
My personal view is this: can you picture sitting around the dinner table and having a random conversation with Joe Buck? I can't. Whereas guys like Gorman, Grande, even our old friend Kyle Draper have more of a "casual conversation" voice. These are the type of people I want to sit around the table talking with, and these are the people I want to hear broadcasting games. Even guys like Breen or Mark Jones, I see them more like regular person (with personality) who turns on their broadcasting voice for work, as opposed to strait-laced Joe Buck or the Joe Buck clones.
On a related note, since the ESPN layoffs earlier in the year, I've been wondering how important the broadcast teams even are? Do they really impact ratings at all? I've never turned a game on or off because of the broadcast team, except in situations where there's a simultaneous national and local broadcast, I'll go with the team I prefer more, but usually there's no competition.
I really liked Van Gundy, but I don't see myself watching more or less games because he's not there now. I'm going to watch the same amount of games while ABC/ESPN saves a ton of money. Is a casual fan drawn in because of the broadcast crew or because of the action on the field/court? Do these networks really need to invest much at all in the broadcast crew?
I guess the most extreme is people like BitterJim who mute the game, and miss the sponsored plugs for the American Express half time report, or the FanDuel replay, etc. But I would think even that would be so extreme and minor, it's not really worth investing more in the broadcast team.
Do other people view it differently? Of course we'd all prefer a broadcast team we really enjoy, but in the end for the majority of fans, does it really matter or influence anything?
I don't think most people really care, no.
As you point out, most sports fans are typically not particularly discerning as long as the game as broadcast live and in high-fidelity - consider the league-wide percentage of the fandom who are actively anti-gambling gambling, for example. Are they going to stop watching because the league has decided to cash in? A small minority, perhaps, but most will swallow their disdain and watch the games anyway, even if they would prefer not to see gambling ads.
I, for example, can't stand Mark Jackson or Hubie Brown, but because I like basketball I endure(d) them. No one is going to be a 1:1 replacement for Mike & Tommy, but that's impossible, so as long as the new folks are competent, I don't really mind.