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In August, we told you that the Buffalo Bills were working through how they would call games on the radio in 2020. With travel restrictions in place for people coming to New York State, it was going to limit who could go to home and away games.
Alan Pergament of The Buffalo News is reporting that Eric Wood is set to be replaced by Steve Tasker as the color analyst of radio games. Wood, who lives in Louisville, won’t be able to travel to New York State and quarantine for two weeks before calling Bills games. Wood is also planning on covering ACC games for ESPN, according to Pergament, so he will be traveling to multiple states with COVID-19 restrictions.
Play-by-play man John Murphy and Tasker will call all the games from the radio booth at Bills Stadium. Away games will be analyzed using a video feed. Tasker lives in Western New York.
Tasker has been a color analyst before, working 21 years for CBS in that role on television on a national level in addition to calling preseason games for the Bills on local television. He works for the Bills full-time on the weekday One Bills Live radio show.
On August 1st, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced two more states had been added to the quarantine order. The list is ever-changing and based on infection rates. States and territories on the list as of September 1st are Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Virgin Islands, and Wisconsin.
NFL players and staff aren’t subject to the same quarantines because of their isolation during travel and the frequent testing they receive.