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Dodgers Hire Joe Davis As TV Announcer

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The Los Angeles Dodgers will have a new voice in the television booth during the 2016 season, which is also slated to be the 67th and final season for Hall of Famer Vin Scully.

On Wednesday, the team announced that 27-year-old Joe Davis will come on board to call 50 road television games on SportsNet LA, where he’ll be joined by Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra and Alanna Rizzo. Notable news, as it also leads us to ponder whether Davis will be the choice to take Scully’s seat full time beginning in 2017.

Chances are that’s exactly what the Dodgers have in mind. Bringing in Davis for the 2016 season will allow him to get his feet wet with the team. Perhaps more importantly, it will allow Dodgers fans to get familiar with his voice and create a relationship ahead of Davis replacing the irreplaceable.

“Joe Davis has put together an outstanding play-by-play resume,” said Dodgers executive vice president and chief marketing officer Lon Rosen. “We are thrilled to have one of the top young sports broadcast talents in the nation join our great television team.”

Davis’ resume really is quite impressive. He’s currently working for FOX Sports, where he has announced Pac-12 and Big 12 sports, as well as regional MLB games. He’s also worked for Comcast Sports Southeast, ESPN and ESPN Radio. During his time at ESPN, Davis became the youngest person to announce a bowl game, calling the 2013 Poinsettia Bowl at age 25.

He’s obviously on the fast track to stardom in broadcasting, but it’s amazing to think that as relatively young as he is, he’s still four years older than Scully was when he joined the Dodgers booth as a 23-year-old.

It’s also interesting to point out that Davis would be walking into a similar situation as Scully, who initially worked alongside another broadcasting legend Red Barber. Scully has admitted that Barber was a little a rough on him at times. He had limited opportunities to develop his skills with both Barber and Connie Desmond calling games, but in due time he still managed to develop the confidence needed to be successful.

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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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