Some familiar names being floated to replace Buckhantz

Brian Tinsman
May 13, 2019 - 12:12 am
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If Washington Wizards fans can't have Steve Buckhantz back in the booth next season, at least they have a shot of getting another well-known D.C. sportscaster to call play-by-play on TV.

According to a report by Fred Katz of The Athletic D.C., NBC Sports Washington is considering both Dan Hellie and Dave Feldman in a pool of 12 candidates for the role [H/T Albert Lee, Bullets Forever].

Hellie was last local in 2013 and has experience as both a Redskins beat reporter and sports anchor for NBC-4. He parlayed that experience into a full-time role as the anchor of the NFL Network's NFL Total Access, as well as Dana White's UFC Tuesday Night Contender Series, Tennessee Titans preseason games and Facebook's streaming college football games.

Even living in Los Angeles, Hellie has maintained vocal ties to D.C. sports and has always been a friendly face for Redskins fans.

Feldman was last local in 2012 and has experience as a Redskins beat reporter, sports director and sports anchor for FOX-5. He also called college basketball games on MASN and has previous anchor and play-by-play experience with ESPN.

Before entering broadcasting, Feldman was an assistant basketball coach at Stanford University.

Of the two, Feldman has more basketball experience, but Hellie might be more of a household name. Then again, there are 10 other names who could also get the nod.

Interviews should take place this month, and it's expected that a new broadcast team will be introduced this summer. It's worth noting that Buckhantz could technically be re-signed, but the team neglected to do so before seeing who else might be interested.

The team's TV announcers are technically employees of NBC Sports instead of the team, but the line is somewhat blurry considering that team owner Ted Leonsis also owns a large stake in NBC Sports Washington. Station general manager Damon Phillips has at various times referred to the search process as "due diligence" and motivated by a desire to "make sure we have the right talent."

If Buckhantz were to return, as he has said he wants to, it would be his 23rd season in the Wizards' booth, making him one of the team's last connections to the Washington Bullets.

 

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