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Planned ESPN Digital Shows Include Katie Nolan

Brandon Contes

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Earlier in the week Twitter and ESPN announced a partnership to bring original sports programming to the social-network platform. Today, ESPN provided further details on their upcoming digital shows on both ESPN+ and Twitter.

Each morning when the ESPN+ app is first opened, fans will be greeted by a version of SportsCenter, hosted by Scott Van Pelt, among other anchors, providing plays and highlights from the previous night.

Also announced for the app is a new show hosted by Katie Nolan. Nolan already has a digital presence for ESPN as one of the hosts featured on their SnapChat edition of SportsCenter. The former host of Garbage Time on FS1, will have a weekly late night show on the newly launched ESPN+ platform. According to ESPN, “host Katie Nolan’s sharp, irreverent and authentic voice will be brought to the forefront, highlighting her take on the world of sports, pop culture and beyond.”

In addition to digital programming on ESPN+, five shows are being developed for Twitter, including SportsCenter Live and Fantasy Focus Live, which were both announced earlier in the week. SportsCenter Live and The College Football Show will be recap and highlight shows presented by a variety of on-air personalities. The other three planned digital programs are Hoop Streams, The College Football Show and Rankings Reactions.

Fantasy experts Matthew Berry, Field Yates, Stephania Bell and Daniel Dopp will host the daily Fantasy Focus Live collaboration for Twitter. Hoop Streams will feature David Jacoby and Ryen Russillo previewing each NBA Playoffs game prior to tip-off. Hosted by Mike Golic Jr. and Jason Fitz, Rankings Reactions will be a weekly Twitter show, providing fans analysis of the latest College Football Playoff rankings.

Being that the shows are offered on a social-media platform, fan insight and questions will be featured in most of the programs. Further details on each digital venture for both ESPN+ and Twitter can be found at ESPNMediaZone.com.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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FanDuel TV Strikes Deal With ONE Championship Martial Arts

“We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”

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FanDuel TV and ONE Championship Martial Arts have struck a deal that will see the MMA, Muay Thai, kickboxing, and submission grappling series air weekly events on the newly launched channel.

“We’re eager to continue expanding the variety of content we’re offering at FanDuel TV to introduce our audience to emerging sports,” said FanDuel Chief Commercial Officer Mike Raffensperger. “We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”

ONE Championship is a top-five global sports property for digital viewership and engagement according to Nielsen measurements.

“We are thrilled to join the FanDuel TV lineup and give our passionate U.S. audience yet another way to engage with ONE Championship,” said ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong. “Having a quality partner in FanDuel will help raise the profile of our company in the region and provide their viewers with action-packed martial arts events like they have never seen before.”

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Bob Costas Re-Lives First Announcing Assignment For NBC

“My biography usually says I began with them in 1980, but technically the first time I was on the air with them was in December 1979.”

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Legendary sports broadcaster Bob Costas appeared on KNBR’s Tolbert & Copes Thursday to discuss the death of Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry. But before the conversation turned to the recently departed pitcher, the show asked Costas about what he has announced that would surprise someone. He reminisced about his first time on the air for NBC.

“My very first assignment for NBC, my biography usually says I began with them in 1980, but technically the first time I was on the air with them was in December 1979,” Costas recounted. “There was a program on NBC then called Sports World. It was an anthology series that was their answer to the gold standard, ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

“So they traveled the globe, like Wide World of Sports did. So they sent me, wearing a red NBC jacket, to Tokyo to cover a sumo wrestling tournament with seven-time world power-lifting champion Larry Pacifico as my color man. Now, this is all the Japanese I learned as we came on the air: ‘Minasan kon’nichwa watashinoamaeha Bob Costas’, which means ‘Hello everyone, my name is Bob Costas’. If ever there was typecasting, when they sat and looked at their roster of announcers and went ‘Who should we send to the sumo wrestling? It’s gotta be Costas, who’s entire body weight would constitute one meal for the sumo wrestling champion.”

Costas departed NBC Sports in 2019 after 40 years with the network, announcing MLB, NBA, and the Olympics, in addition to his work with the network’s sumo wrestling coverage.

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Matt Leinart, Alex Smith Make Wager Over Pac-12 Championship Game

“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous. I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.”

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FOX Sports analyst Matt Leinart and ESPN analyst Alex Smith have made a friendly wager over the upcoming Pac-12 Championship Game.

USC, Leinart’s alma mater, is slated to play Utah, where Smith attended, in the game Friday evening on FOX from Las Vegas.

The two agreed to don the other player’s jersey. “At least it will be 11,” Smith said, noting he and Leinart both wore the number during their playing days.

“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous,” Leinart said when presented with the offer. “I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.” Smith jokingly responded by calling USC “Free Agent University”. He added he would overnight Leinart a jersey to ensure he had one if the Utes were victorious.

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