Jason Bennetti’s move to Fox Sports is now official. Last week, Jeff Agrest from Chicago Sun Times She mentioned that Bennett was in talks with Fox, and Brett McMurphy of Business Network mentioned On Sunday night, Benetti will actually leave ESPN and join Fox in college football, with Andrew Marchand New York Post adding Benetti is also expected to call up the MLB and college basketball games there. Then Fox officially announced the move Thursday:
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– FOX Sports PR (FOXSportsPR) 28 July 2022
Here’s more of their release:
Celebrity play-by-play broadcaster Jason Bennetti will join FOX Sports in 2022, contributing to the network’s live sports roster starting with college football this fall. The announcement was made today by Brad Zager, President of Production/Operations and Executive Producer, FOX Sports.
“Jason is a high-profile anchor who raises the bar for every production he joins,” Zager said. “His reputation precedes him, and we’re excited to add his passion for sports and broadcasting to our collection starting this fall.”
“I am simply happy to be joining FOX Sports,” said Bennett. The company has a good reputation for top-notch live sports coverage and the first-class people behind that coverage. I am honored to be part of this team.”
The Fox version doesn’t contain more details about what Bennetti (seen above right on a White Sox broadcast in April) will call them beyond “contributing to the network’s live sports roster starting with college football,” but Marchand’s report on MLB and college football Basket makes sense. Fox needs more depth on the MLB side after Joe Buck’s departure to ESPN, which led to Joe Davis being promoted to the highest ranking role in baseball. It also looks like Davis will take the No. 2 role vacated on the NFL side after Kevin Burkhardt was promoted to the old slot of Buck, removing that No. 2 spot in college football, and it looks like Benetti will slide there along with Brock Howard (behind Team (Team One consisting of Jos Johnson and Joel Clatt).
Benetti has spent the past 11 years at ESPN, calling games in college football, MLB, college basketball, the NFL, the NBA, and more. He’s also served as Peacock’s lead MLB anchor for their Sunday package this season, and has been the lead anchor for the Chicago White Sox on NBC Sports Chicago since 2016. He’s done Olympic and other business as well.
It is clear that ESPN’s Benetti business will cease after this deal. Marchand stated that his work on Peacock is for this year as well, but he will remain as the voice of the White Sox for next season and beyond. It will be interesting to see how Benetti fits in with Fox, and what they advocate beyond college football.
[Fox Sports Press Pass]