NESN will produce two United Football League games this season featuring the Hartford Colonials including the league’s season opener this Saturday (9/18) at 2:30 PM when Hartford hosts the Sacramento Mountain Lions at Rentschler Field.
For Saturday’s game, Mike Logan will handle play-by-play with former Patriots QB and 98.5 midday host Scott Zolak will provide color analysis. John Chandler and Tony Terzi will be the sideline reporters.
The second game will be on Saturday, October 16th with the Omaha Nighthawks coming to Connecticut, and Brett Haber will be the play-by-play man for that game, with Zolak on color, and Chandler and Terzi on the sidelines.
The Omaha team is coached by former Boston College football coach Jeff Jagodzinski, and is loaded with players with NFL experience, including QB Jeff Garcia.
This is a smart move by NESN, adding more sports programming, and should the start of the 2011 NFL regular season be delayed by a work stoppage, the UFL could become a valuable broadcast property. Getting in with them this season could lead to a bigger role next year, and helps their NESN National channel.
Here are the network bios for the NESN Broadcast teams:
Mike Logan – Mike is an experienced play-by-play announcer as he is the television and radio voice for the Providence College men’s hockey team, a position he has held for the past 16 seasons. He has also served as a play-by-play announcer for the Pawtucket Red Sox and broadcast football and basketball for both Harvard and Northeastern Universities.
Brett Haber – For almost 15 years, Brett has become established as a fixture of sports news broadcasting. He has previously served as an anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter. During his career, he has received 17 Emmy Awards, including a remarkable four-year run as the Washington D.C. area’s most outstanding sports anchor beginning in 2007 and continuing through this year. Brett joined WUSA9 in November 2004 and is currently the station’s sports director and primary sports anchor.
Scott Zolak – Zolak will be the color analyst for UFL games on the New England Sports Network. He has worked both pregame and postgame analysis of New England Patriots games on radio and television. Zolak co-hosts the “Gresh and Zolak” show weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 98.5 FM The Sports Hub in Boston, Massachusetts. A former quarterback in the National Football League, Zolak spent eight seasons with the New England Patriots (1991-98) and one with the Miami Dolphins (1999). In 55 career games, Zolak threw for 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns. He originally was a fourth-round pick of the Patriots in 1991. Zolak played college football at Maryland.
Tony Terzi – Tony has more than 20 years of experience in the broadcast industry. He has worked as a Sports Anchor/Reporter at WTIC, Sports Anchor/Reporter at WVIT (NBC 30), and Air Personality at KC-101. Currently, Terzi is a SportsCenter anchor for ESPN Radio.
John Chandler – John is no stranger to NESN viewers, having served as both an anchor and reporter for NESN’s sports news programming. In 2009, he worked as the play-by-play voice for the Springfield Armor of the NBA D-League. He also worked as a sports reporter/anchor at WEWS in Cleveland, Ohio and WVII in Bangor, Maine. His work has earned several Emmy nominations and has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Maine Association of Broadcasters.