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ESPN Director Kyle Brown Remembered by Sports Media

Brown worked on baseball broadcasts, along with college football, basketball and “Monday Night Football,” and he was regarded by many as a rising star in the industry.

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On Saturday, ESPN director Kyle Brown endured a medical emergency and passed away at the NCAA Baseball Super Regional in Winston-Salem, N.C. Brown, 42, had been employed by the network for 16 years and a two-time Sports Emmy Award-winner. Over his sports media career, Brown worked on baseball broadcasts, along with college football, basketball and Monday Night Football, and he was regarded by many as a rising star in the industry. The medical emergency on Saturday engendered a two-hour delay in the first pitch of the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Wake Forest Demon Deacons, and it was not disclosed at the moment of the incident.

Brown was a pitcher and one of four team captains for the Ohio State Buckeyes after he received all-state, all-district and all-league distinctions as a senior high school baseball player. At that time, he was pursuing a career in orthopedic surgery, but had a change in heart when afforded the opportunity of a lifetime.

Brown’s neighbor worked as a director at ESPN, and he was invited to accompany him to a production truck so he could watch what goes into the production of a live sports broadcast. From the onset, he became enamored with the craft and decided to pursue a career in communications. Brown began working at the network as an undergraduate student, and was with the network for the entirety of his professional working career.

“The Division I Baseball Committee and NCAA staff send our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Kyle Brown and ESPN,” NCAA Baseball said in a statement. “We will be supportive of any adjustments that our broadcast partner ESPN must make during this difficult time.”

Karl Ravech, play-by-play announcer on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, took time during the broadcast to remember Brown, who is survived by his wife, Megan, and their four children – Makayla, 14; Carson, 11; Camden, 9; and Madyn, 6, along with the family dog, Rookie. Additionally, NCAA baseball broadcasts on Sunday began with an on-air tribute to Brown from studio host Kris Budden, and condolences have poured in from those in sports media.

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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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