Joe Beninati Out at VERSUS

A lot of news via Twitter here, but Joe Beninati appeared on a radio station this morning (106.7 The Fan in DC) to say that he had a “major announcement” about his broadcasting career, that he’s not allowed to talk about until next week. Since then, numerous folks have reported that Beninati was fired by VERSUS, not his other employer in Comcast Sportsnet.

Beninati has been the #2 play-by-play voice at the network since 2005-06, where he’d call one of the Conference Finals that Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk were calling. Due to Emrick’s busy schedule, often Beninati would call more VERSUS games than any other announcer per year. In addition to that, Beninati was the main voice of VERSUS’ NCAA Football coverage, particularly the Mountain West Conference. Regardless of your feelings about him (he grew on me), you can’t deny that it’s a surprise VERSUS is letting go of such a team player, and especially a Comcast employee. It appears no one outside the top team is safe.

Your Announcers and Open Thread For Penguins-Capitals

Pittsburgh vs. Washington, 12:30 PM ET, NBC (HD)
Play by Play:
Mike Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire