It’s official: Tony Romo is a sports broadcaster.
On Saturday, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback made his television debut on CBS at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, appearing for a brief chat alongside Nick Faldo and his future broadcast partner, Jim Nantz.
Romo didn’t do any play-by-play announcing during his three minutes in the booth at the 18th hole of the Colonial Country Club, but he did talk about what he looks forward to the most about calling the NFL next season.

"I think when you're a football player you end up being a guy who goes through a routine each week, and you're used to getting ready for one game and you put in all this preparation and time all week. And for me, I like the preparation aspect of that - playing the quarterback position.

"Well, this feels similar. I get to keep that same routine. You're watching tape; you're kind of doing the same stuff to kind of get yourself ready each week, and then you have your Sunday. Your big moment when everyone's out there.

"For me, that's exciting, and I like the preparation and getting ready and then you go out there and attack it. I think that's going to be fun."

Romo was a highly-sought asset by every major sports network that covers the NFL. CBS ultimately nabbed the 36-year-old quarterback and immediately put him on their No. 1 NFL team as an analyst alongside Nantz and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson.
The move to hire Romo displaced longtime analyst Phil Simms, who will stay at CBS and join the cast of The NFL Today, filling the slot vacated by former Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez. Simms told Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch back in April that initially the move hurt his pride, but working in the studio will allow him to follow the league the way he’s always wanted to.
“When you do games, you are all-in on those games,” Simms said. “On Inside The NFL, I get to say things about stuff that I never get to say in a broadcast.”

ESPN loses another NHL writer

For hockey fans, the hits at ESPN keep on coming.

Back in April, ESPN let go several prominent hockey writers, including Scott Burnside, Pierre LeBrun and Joe McDonald, as part of a company-wide layoff that cost around 100 broadcasters and writers their jobs.

"It almost doesn't feel like the playoffs, because those guys aren't here," veteran Associated Press hockey writer Stephen Whyno told the Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg.

Now, senior NHL writer Craig Custance is leaving ESPN as well, announcing that his last assignment was Thursday night's Eastern Conference final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators.
Unlike the other hockey writers at ESPN, Custance says he made the decision to leave, writing on Faceook that he’s “walking away from my dream job for reasons I’ll get to explain later.”
Custance has been a hockey writer at ESPN since 2011. Prior to that, he covered the NHL for the Sporting News and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
So who is left covering hockey at The Worldwide Leader? There’s Barry Melrose, the network’s go-to on air hockey guy. ESPN Insider writer Corey Pronman also remains on staff, noting on Twitter he plans to stick around “for the foreseeable future.”

Beyond that, the bench is thin.

"The difference is hockey was just a small slice at ESPN, and now it's been cut to a ribbon," wrote the Toronto Star's Bruce Arthur. "Officially, ESPN doesn't care about hockey."