Globe: Changes for preseason broadcasts


The Patriots are changing the format of their preseason broadcasts, reports Boston Globe media critic Chad Finn.

The broadcasts will be "a talk-radio-type program without the yelling and the screaming and the agenda-driven stuff,’’ Matt Smith, the executive producer of Kraft Sports Productions, tells Finn.

“We’re looking at the preseason games as an opportunity to try something different. Make it more conversational, make it more analytical and insightful," Smith says.

In making this change, the Patriots preseason broadcast team of Don Criqui and Randy Cross will not return in 2013.

Writes Finn:

While the talent roster for the new format isn’t finalized, all signs point to Channel 4’s Dan Roche taking over as host rather than a conventional play-by-play voice (“a traffic-cop role,’’ Smith said), with former Patriot Christian Fauria alongside as an analyst.

There will also be a former Patriots player on the field as an analyst rather than a conventional sideline reporter. There are still details to be worked out on who it will be.

Throughout the broadcast, there will be cutaways and split-screen shots of Patriots Football Weekly reporters Paul Perillo and Andy Hart in a separate studio, where they will analyze personnel, explain plays on a telestrator, and engage viewers via social media.

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