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ESPN Signs Chipper Jones

“His first game in the booth will be Thursday, Mar. 26 as an analyst for ESPN’s telecast of the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers at 4pm ET.”

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ESPN announced the addition of Hall of Famer Chipper Jones to their Major League Baseball team of broadcasters. ESPN and Jones were reported to have mutual interest in a partnership earlier this year, now it’s official. 

Jones has always been an entertaining personality who was willing to speak candidly, last year he partnered with Jon “Boog” Sciambi for a game on ESPN, which impressed network executives. 

“We had the opportunity to work with Chipper in a guest analyst capacity last season and we were instantly impressed,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Phil Orlins in the press announcement. “In addition to his well-known hall-of-fame credentials, it was clear that he is a charismatic storyteller with an authentic and fun-loving personality. He has tremendous passion for the sport and he’s still very connected to the current game. He’s one of baseball’s all-time greats and he will strengthen our overall MLB coverage.”

After working one game last year, Jones will be featured on ESPN more regularly in 2020, contributing as an analyst on Opening Day, weeknight baseball and holiday coverage. His first game in the booth will be Thursday, Mar. 26 as an analyst for ESPN’s telecast of the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers at 4pm ET. 

An eight-time All-Star, and widely considered one of the best switch hitters in MLB history, Jones also hopes he can do his part to help baseball after the game was hit hard by the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal.  

“Hopefully, some of the game’s superstars take this opportunity to lift the game up and get everyone invigorated and captivated. I’m hoping I can help, too. Really, I always wanted to be on TV,” Jones told Bob Nightengale of USA Today. “Now, I guess I get to see if I’m any good at it.”

Jones played his entire 19-season MLB career with the Atlanta Braves, retiring in 2012, and being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018, his first year on the ballot.

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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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