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Brock Huard Leaves ESPN For Fox

“The move makes sense for Huard. He is a Seattle native that played college football for the University of Washington and then spent four of his six pro seasons with the Seahawks.”

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Fox has found a new analyst for its college football B team. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that Brock Huard, who has been calling games on ESPN alongside Bob Wischusen, will join join Joe Davis on the network.

The move makes sense for Huard. He is a Seattle native that played college football for the University of Washington and then spent four of his six pro seasons with the Seahawks. The Pac 12 has a broadcast contract with Fox. Huard had mostly been calling SEC games on ESPN.

Earlier in the week Fox announced that it was placing new emphasis on the noon window. Many of the network’s best Big Ten and Big 12 games will air right after the conclusion of the network’s new pregame show. Fox’s A team of Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt will be on most of those games. That would likely keep Huard on the West Coast to do marquee Pac 12 contests.

Brock Huard’s radio career is expected to continue on ESPN 710 in Seattle, where he hosts Brock and Salk with Mike Salk.

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Amazon Prime Video to Broadcast Weekly NHL Whiparound Show in Canada

“We are thrilled to work with NHL Productions on this new concept for hockey offering the ultimate destination for all the NHL action.”

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The National Hockey League and Amazon’s Prime Video have announced the creation of NHL Coast To Coast, a new weekly whiparound live look-in show airing on Thursday nights in Canada. This new program will feature live views, highlights and analysis of every NHL game on the schedule as Prime Video prepares to embark on a two-year sublicensing deal with the league and Rogers Communications to present live games on Monday nights. The series is produced by NHL Productions in collaboration with Prime Video, and more information, including details surrounding the talent and production for the show, will be revealed at a later date.

“We are thrilled to work with NHL Productions on this new concept for hockey offering the ultimate destination for all the NHL action,” Magda Grace, head of Prime Video, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, said in a statement. “NHL Coast To Coast will provide fans with a comprehensive look at the latest key moments in games, as-they-happen highlights, interviews and analysis from the world of hockey featuring top players, coaches and commentators. The show will bring innovation and offer more to fans of the game than ever before, all in one place with their Prime membership.”

Earlier in the month, Prime Video and NHL Productions unveiled an untitled docuseries with Box to Box Films that will provide consumers with access to compelling players from around the league at different stages of their careers all trying to win the Stanley Cup. The series will include interviews with players, their rivals and those in their inner circle, trying to accurately depict what life is like for these players on and off the ice.

Amazon and the NHL have worked together since 2021 on their cloud-based delivery system, which has facilitated the delivery of in-game analytics and video highlights to enhance the overall fan experience. Among these ventures is the NHL Edge IQ stats portfolio that implements advanced analytical outputs to engender a better understanding of the on-ice action.

NHL Coast To Coast is yet another example of Amazon’s extraordinary investment in hockey programming and commitment to delivering an enhanced viewing experience for hockey fans,” Steve Mayer, senior executive vice president and chief content officer of the National Hockey League, said in a statement. “We are impressed with Amazon’s all-in approach to hockey and the NHL. Together with our amazing team at NHL Productions, Amazon continues to build on its mission to serve hockey fans across Canada with whiparound coverage that will make Thursday nights appointment viewing.”

Over the last several years, Amazon has expanded its presence in sports media through the acquisition of broadcasting rights within the National Football League, NASCAR, National Women’s Soccer League and Overtime Elite. The company is reportedly set to acquire media rights within the National Basketball Association’s new broadcasting deal, which is also said to include The Walt Disney Company (ESPN/ABC) and NBCUniversal, although no deals have currently been announced.

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NBC Sports Announces Olympic Commentators for Swimming, Diving, Track and Gymnastics

In swimming, Dan Hicks, covering his 14th Olympics, will once again work with Rowdy Gaines.

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U.S. Olympic Team Trials for swimming, diving, track & field and gymnastics will be taking place from June 15-June 30 for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Those trials will be presented across NBC, Peacock and USA Network. With that, NBC Sports also announced its roster of announcers who will call those sports during the Olympics.

In swimming, Dan Hicks, covering his 14th Olympics, will once again work with Rowdy Gaines. The pair will have Elizabeth Beisel, working her second Olympics and Melissa Stark who will be working her fourth Olympics.

Jason Knapp will also provide swimming play-by-play and he will do so with Amy Van Dyken and Heathe Olson as analysts.

In diving, Ted Robinson will call the play-by-play and work with analysts Cynthia Potter and Laura Wilkinson. Andrea Joyce will serve as a reporter. Robinson will be working his 14th overall Olympics and 13th with NBC.

Track & Field will have Leigh Diffey, Paul Swangard and Bill Spaulding calling the play-by-play. Analysts for track include Ato Boldon, Sanya Richards-Ross, Kara Goucher, Trey Hardee, Lewis Johnson, Dawn Harper-Nelson and Shannon Rowbury.

Terry Gannon and Rich Lerner will be on play-by-play for gymnastics. Gannon will work the primetime show with analysts Tim Daggett, Samantha Peszek, John Roethlisberger and Zora Stephenson. Lerner will be teamed with Laurie Hernandez and Justin Spring.

The Olympics will conclude on August 11.

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ESPN Platforms Set for Men’s College World Series Coverage; ABC to Air First Ever Game

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball voice Karl Ravech will rotate with Mike Monaco calling play-by-play duties with Ravech calling the Finals.

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The 2024 Men’s College World Series is set to begin tomorrow, and ESPN Platforms will have exclusive coverage as they have throughout the NCAA Division I Men’s College Baseball Tournament. The dual double-elimination brackets will conclude on Thursday, June 20 before the best-of-three MCWS Finals begins on Saturday, June 22.

Game 2 of the MCWS on Sunday, June 23 is set to be aired by ABC which will mark the first ever CWS game on the network. ESPN will also use ESPN2 for a game and all games will stream on ESPN+.

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball voice Karl Ravech will rotate with Mike Monaco calling play-by-play duties with Ravech calling the Finals. Analysts include former LSU All-American Ben McDonald, 2001 SEC Player of the Year Chris Burke, former MLB player Eduardo Perez and Omaha native Kyle Peterson. Reporters Kris Budden and Dani Wexelman will also be part of the crew in Omaha. Ravech, Peterson, Burke and Budden will make up the primary team.

ESPN has presented the Men’s College World Series since 2003 and actually started televising the event in 1980.

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