Kevin Calabro may want to consider playing the lottery this week.
The play-by-play announcer feels like luck is on his side after he was selected to broadcast the first football game ever on the Pac-12 Networks.
"I feel like I drew the winning ticket out of a hat," said Calabro, who will team up with analyst Adam Archuleta and sideline reporter Yogi Roth to call the Northern Colorado-Utah game Thursday. "I am running the point on this thing, but we have a terrific producer and director, guys who have done so many football games they have probably lost count. We have a terrific analyst and sideline reporter. I'm just the facilitator. It's the first Pac-12 Networks game, but it's not too much pressure. I'm just going to keep it simple."
The Utah-Northern Colorado game is the first of 35 games on the networks this season, and a groundbreaking development in a new landscape for the Pac-12 Conference, not only in football but across all sports. The Utah-Northern Colorado game is the first of an Opening Day-doubleheader, with Northern Arizona visiting Arizona later in the evening.
"Everybody is sky high about this opportunity," Calabro said. "It's certainly a great experience to be a part of creating a network from the ground floor."
Calabro, along with all of the other on-air talent hired by the networks, assembled at the headquarters in San Francisco last week to get on the same page with regard to philosophy and guidelines for broadcasts.
Calabro said football broadcasts will be creative but will still maintain the basics that fans have come to expect.
"I'm anxious to see it myself," Calabro said. "I think it's going to evolve. There are no hard and fast rules. We can be as creative as we can be, but we're not re-inventing the wheel, either. There are still rights and wrongs to doing a football broadcast, and we're going to follow those rules. We're just going to add our own personality, excitement and brand to our product."
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