LA's play by play duo will be Bill Macdonald & John Ireland

LA's play by play duo will be Bill Macdonald & John Ireland

Postby JSM on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:17 pm

SpearsNBAYahoo: Lakers hired broadcasters Bill Macdonald (television) and John Ireland (radio) as the team’s play-by-play announcers for next season.
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Re: LA's play by play duo will be Bill Macdonald & John Ireland

Postby TheBrownMamba on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:19 pm

oh me oh my
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Postby GoatMilk16 on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:19 pm

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Postby Weezy on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:20 pm

Please tell me this is a joke. Joel is a thousand times better than Billy Mac. And John Ireland, as color commentary? Seriously? What the hell happened to Spero Dedas?
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Postby GoatMilk16 on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:21 pm

Weezy wrote:Please tell me this is a joke. Joel is a thousand times better than Billy Mac. And John Ireland, as color commentary? Seriously? What the hell happened to Spero Dedas?

no

Billy Mac and Stu on TV

Ireland and I'm assuming MT on radio


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Postby Weezy on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:23 pm

Ok, I'm getting this more clearly now, Billy Mac hired for TV, Ireland for Radio. Question still remains as to WHY though, horrible hires. Meyers was way better than Billy Mac, and even though I've never heard Ireland do play by play, I can't imagine in what universe he's better than Spero.
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Postby GoatMilk16 on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:24 pm

Weezy wrote:Ok, I'm getting this more clearly now, Billy Mac hired for TV, Ireland for Radio. Question still remains as to WHY though, horrible hires. Meyers was way better than Billy Mac, and even though I've never heard Ireland do play by play, I can't imagine in what universe he's better than Spero.

im a fan of teams, but im not a fan of homers

ireland and mt is going to be a giant homer fest. whatever. i only listen to radio when i have to

im really disappointed we have to listen to Billy Mac. ugh. i hate that guy
i didnt like joel all that much either, but now i miss him
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Postby HDKOBE on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:26 pm

can you fans ever be satisfied?

how about you take the job? :freak2:
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Postby CaCHooKa Man on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:28 pm

spero got shaw'd
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Postby GoatMilk16 on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:30 pm

Spero is too big now
he's going to be a major NFL/NCAA announcer soon (he already is actually)

wont be long until he's the main announcer on CBS or whatever network has him. good luck to him
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Postby TheBrownMamba on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:32 pm

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Postby Kobe Bryant 8 on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:35 pm

Ugh, I wanted Spero. He is too good though. The guy has a golden voice.
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Postby pound4pound1 on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:39 pm

lame...i was lookin forward to Spero replacing Joel
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Postby KHRIS on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:39 pm

Yes no more Joel!!!! :jam2:

The first time i ever heard him i thought he was a Clippers announcer because he was so boring. He was so awful and never got better when he moved to TV. Though people would be unhappy with Billy Mac I doubt its because they will miss Joel.

Bill is nothing special but hes far better than Joel ever was. Watch Kobe's 81 point game. Bill was actually excited and not a bore. :bow: :bow:

They should have moved Spero to TV while they had the chance though.
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Re: LA's play by play duo will be Bill Macdonald & John Ireland

Postby jOeyB7000 on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:41 pm

Just heard it on 710espn in la.. wth happened to Spero Dedes I thought he was supposed to take over for Joel Meyers?? Billy Mac is an awful awful awful awful AWFUL choice to replace Joel.. Although I believe Billy Mac called Kobe's 81 point game, there HAS to be a better replacement for Joel than Bill f'n McDonald.

This is a classic case of being careful what you wish for. People here were wmc'ing about Joel for years now, and they sure as heck got their wish.

Not to sound like an entitled diva, but a premier franchise like the Lakers deserve a premiere play by play announcer. Not someone like Billy Mac.
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Postby Weezy on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:42 pm

HDKOBE wrote:can you fans ever be satisfied?

how about you take the job? :freak2:


Satisfied? This is the Lakers, we had the best announcer in the history of the game for almost 40 years. After that we had very good announcers in Sunderland and Meyers, we don't settle for just anyone calling our games, and as far as announcing games goes, Bill Macdonald is just anyone. It's like they just reached out and grabbed the first employee they touched, rather than doing a search for the best out there. The announcer is a huge part of enjoying the game, and getting a crappy one takes some of the fun out of it. It's like when Mike Torico calls ABC Laker games, you can always turn to Spero on the radio instead, but not now, now you're screwed either way. Yes, Billy Mac called Kobe's 81 point game and did ok, but he just doesn't sound like an announcer, he sounds like a reporter, which he is.
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Postby gcclaker on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:45 pm

Lantz will have his hands full in reigning in the excitable McDonald. Now, do we have to listen to him overenunciate "Jack In The Box" on air?
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Postby kenshi1023 on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:46 pm

if john ireland is doing cc on radio, that means he is replacing mycal thompson, thus spero is still there!!!!
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Postby Helljumper on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:53 pm

kenshi1023 wrote:if john ireland is doing cc on radio, that means he is replacing mycal thompson, thus spero is still there!!!!


John's doing play-by-play. Spero's out. There's a full article on Lakers.com that explains all of it.
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Postby GoatMilk16 on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:53 pm

Weezy wrote:
HDKOBE wrote:can you fans ever be satisfied?

how about you take the job? :freak2:


Satisfied? This is the Lakers, we had the best announcer in the history of the game for almost 40 years. After that we had very good announcers in Sunderland and Meyers, we don't settle for just anyone calling our games, and as far as announcing games goes, Bill Macdonald is just anyone. It's like they just reached out and grabbed the first employee they touched, rather than doing a search for the best out there. The announcer is a huge part of enjoying the game, and getting a crappy one takes some of the fun out of it. It's like when Mike Torico calls ABC Laker games, you can always turn to Spero on the radio instead, but not now, now you're screwed either way. Yes, Billy Mac called Kobe's 81 point game and did ok, but he just doesn't sound like an announcer, he sounds like a reporter, which he is.

both guys specialize in fellatio, thats why they got the job...
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Postby TheBrownMamba on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:54 pm

What's so great about Stu? He just came in at the right time when Chick was running the show
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Postby Battle Tested20 on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:57 pm

ugh! I wanted Spero to do play by play for television not Billy
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Postby kenshi1023 on Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:13 pm

Helljumper wrote:
kenshi1023 wrote:if john ireland is doing cc on radio, that means he is replacing mycal thompson, thus spero is still there!!!!


John's doing play-by-play. Spero's out. There's a full article on Lakers.com that explains all of it.


haha, yah, but i was hoping that wasn't the case... this sucks... john ireland is really really really bad at play by play... i think he sat in once for spero. i almost wrecked my car trying to listen to that one game...
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Postby jOeyB7000 on Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:18 pm

How much money does the average play by play announcer earn? The only way I see the Lakers "letting go" of Spero Dedes is if another team or network made him an offer he couldn't pass up.

What kind of offer did it take to trump whatever the Lakers, by all accounts the #1 PREMIER franchise in the NBA, offered Spero?

It just makes absolutely no sense. Could it be a cost cutting move? Maybe thr Lakers didnt want to pay Spero superstar money to announce a lockout shortened season?

What influence does the multi billion dollar Time Warner agreement, if any, have on the decision? Maybe Time Warner wants to select their own TV team and Dedes wasnt in their plans. So instead of being a "lame duck" announcer, Spero took an offer elsewhere?
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Re: LA's play by play duo will be Bill Macdonald & John Ireland

Postby revgen on Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:18 pm

Lakers spokesman John Black: "We had a verbal agreement with Spero to be our new TV play-by-play announcer. ... He had a change of heart."


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