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Tim & Sid Prepare For TV Return

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They are recording the last podcast before their big return to television, and Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro are about to digress.

If you have somehow never seen or listened to the pair over their decade-plus on-air partnership, it is this type of verbal detour that shows off the brand of sports banter they specialize in.

Micallef throws out a “Where’s the Beef?” reference (admitting it’s dated), that sends Seixeiro reminiscing down a WrestleMania 2 rabbit hole that wends for a few minutes until Micallef gets him back to the actual news of the day — the most recent Pete Rose allegations. Seixeiro declares Rose’s rehabilitation tour done while Micallef tries to add a sober second thought, and then they’re on to the next topic.

That type of freewheeling sports and pop culture catchphrase-filled dialogue is a small slice of their career that has seen the pair move from TV to podcasting to radio across two national sports networks.

Starting out on The Score, they were poached by Rogers in 2011 to work early afternoons on Sportnet 590 The Fan, and now have seen their star rise to the point they are being given a national daily two-hour television slot from 5-7 p.m. on Sportsnet that starts July 1. The pair feels they are uniquely prepared to try and create a new kind of sports television show, one that will try to take their freeform approach to the screen, although that’s easier on radio than the traditionally more structured television.

“I think the mandate we’ve been given is that the highlights shows are changing in this country, the 6 o’clock sport news show is changing,” says Seixeiro. “People are on their phones, every one knows what’s going on. So the question is, what else can you give them?”

“Our radio show proved you could literally interact, without taking phone calls, with your audience and react in real-time to any news that is going on at the time, or whatever is hot and topical on that day,” says Micallef. “So now the question is how to take that to TV.”

The return to TV came as a bit of a surprise as the pair was seemingly doing well on in the 1-4 p.m. afternoon slot on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. They have a hardcore group of fans known as “Tim & Sid-izens” and have occasionally gone viral over the past year. Their over the top reaction to the winning goal of the 2014 Olympics Women’s gold medal hockey game has been watched over 830,000 times on YouTube. Seixeiro’s rant about ice dancing is almost over 220,000. Rogers clearly sees the pair as key to attracting a younger audience, wherever they might be.

“I don’t think of it as primarily a TV show, I think of it as a sports content factory that will be on all our platforms. So yes, it will be anchored at 5-7 p.m. on Sportsnet, but it will also live online on social media,” says Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties for Rogers. “They are not just highlight guys, they know how to engage on any sports topic and the great thing about these guys is they can connect with sports fans on any number of levels. I think they are a special talent.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ Comes to an End After 21 Years on NFL Network

“Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ has been a part of the NFL Network since 2003 and today it is set for its final episode. The news of the show coming to an end came down earlier this month. Many of the current show participants took to social media to post their thoughts including hosts Mike Yam and Kimmi Chex along with analyst Chase Daniel.

“Tonight marks the last ever episode of NFL Total Access,” said Chex. “I was 7 years old when this show aired meaning that I spent my life watching. Co-hosting our flagship program this past season has been the honor of my career. I’m not going anywhere but for now, it’s goodbye TA.”

Yam said, “It’s been an absolute thrill hosting NFL Total Access. Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough to express the gratitude I have for the team. See you at 7est for 1 more run.”

A report from The Athletic said the show would be replaced “at least in the interim” by Insiders with Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero.

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NBCUniversal Names Olympic Hosts for USA, CNBC and E!; Kathryn Tappen Headlines

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games.”

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NBCUniversal announced its hosts for coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 on USA Network, CNBC and E! Cara Banks, Laura Britt and Trenni Casey will all be a part of the coverage on CNBC and E! Lindsay Czarniak, Carolyn Manno and Kathryn Tappen will all take part in the USA Network coverage.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics is Friday, July 26 on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo.

Coverage on USA Network, CNBC, and E! is expected to include Team USA men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball, as well as swimming, gymnastics, and track & field, and more.

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games,” said Rebecca Chatman, Vice President and Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics Production in a release.

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Mike Tirico, Danica Patrick Return to Host Indy 500 for NBC Sports

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

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With less than two weeks until the event, NBC Sports has officially announced its team of race and studio commentators for the 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500. For the sixth year in a row, we can expect to see familiar faces such as host Mike Tirico and studio analyst Danica Patrick contributing to pre-race, in-race, and post-race coverage.

The race will air at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 26, on both NBC and Peacock.

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe will call the race for the sixth consecutive year. Marty Snider, Dillon Welch, Dave Burns, and Kevin Lee will serve as pit reporters. Former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton and Kim Coon will serve as roaming reporters.

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