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2021 marks PressBox’s fifth annual Best Of edition celebrating the top people, performances and moments of the year.

Best New TV Analyst

Michael Phelps has been a bit too busy to work as an analyst at the last few Olympics.

He had dabbled as a broadcaster when he first flirted with retirement but truly settled into the role during NBC’s coverage of the COVID-delayed Tokyo Olympics this past summer. And settle he did.

The Towson High School alum was outstanding as a swimming analyst but was even better when discussing Simone Biles’ mental health difficulties.

Phelps’ honesty in a conversation with Mike Tirico was both refreshing and necessary and quite possibly the most important content that occurred in all of sports broadcasting in 2021.

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Justin Tucker

Issue 272 December 2021 / January 2022


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