Salmi to replace Mix as game analyst

Posted: August 24, 2007

Bob Salmi isn't exactly a household name, but he is in the households of the 76ers and Comcast SportsNet. Salmi, 47, was introduced yesterday as the network's successor to Steve Mix as the game analyst. He'll also continue in his role as the network's postgame analyst for roughly 20 games, and also continue as the production "coach in the truck" for ESPN's "Monday Night Football" and deal with off-day assignments for ABC and ESPN.

A heavy load?

"In talking to people, it seems like it, but it's still significantly less than being on a coaching staff, especially Pat Riley's coaching staff," said Salmi, who worked under Riley as an assistant with the New York Knicks. "And it's basketball. It's not work when you like it."

Salmi signed what is believed to be a 2-year contract, and will work 80 of the Sixers' 82 regular-season games during the coming season; the vast majority will be telecast by CSN, with some handled by CN8 and Channel 57. A two-time Emmy winner, he'll join Marc Zumoff, who will be starting his 14th season.

Salmi was chosen by CSN after reports of contacts with, among others, former Sixer Mike Gminski, former Villanova star Ed Pinckney and nationally known analyst Bill Raftery. His coaching credentials include a season as an assistant at Kings College and stints with the Sixers and the Dallas Mavericks.

He described replacing Mix, a onetime All-Star in the league and the analyst for 13 seasons, as "a lot of pressure."

"Doug Collins, who I believe is the best in the business, says your job as an analyst is 'how and why,' and to let someone know something they didn't know," Salmi said. "My goal is to be as good as Doug."

It appears that John Nash, a former general manager with four teams in the league, will handle the bulk of the remaining postgame assignments, although a CSN spokesperson would not confirm that. *

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