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Mark Ingram Chose Big Noon Kickoff Over NFL Opportunities

“In the grand scheme of things, it’s an opportunity where I can get in the door with a great network, a great position at a desk on a premiere college football show and be able to grow in the industry.”

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Even though Mark Ingram’s NFL playing days are not officially over, the running back will be starting a new chapter of his career Saturday when Big Noon Kickoff airs on FOX before the Colorado-TCU game. 

Ingram was a guest on the Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast this week and mentioned that he always wanted to have some involvement in sports media.

“I remember waking up, middle school, high school watching College Gameday almost every Saturday morning. Went to college and I studied communications as well. Just kind of been interested in that field. I’ve always loved sports, all competitive sports. Just being a young kid watching NBA Finals. College game days, Super Bowls, Olympic Track races. I loved being involved in sports and hearing the broadcasting, announcers, pregame, halftime.”

In terms of Ingram’s big break in the broadcasting space, he mentioned two opportunities that might have helped him get in the door at FOX. One was attending the NFL’s broadcast bootcamp, where a Big Noon producer saw him in action. The other came thanks to Erin Andrews while he was playing for the Baltimore Ravens.

“They said I was on their radar when it was a TNF game in Baltimore. It was me and Lamar Jackson and Erin Andrews gave me the mic and wanted me to interview Lamar. She said send it to the studio. I’m like, ‘You know what? Thursday Night Football In America, back to the studio.’ They said that was one of the funnest moments they had.”

Ingram is leaving the door open to join an NFL roster later in the season and said he had some options to continue playing, but FOX presented an opportunity he did not want to miss.

“I was a free agent. I’m receiving some calls, but nothing that is going to make me jump too soon. If I do play another 1-3 years, that is still not long. In the grand scheme of things, it’s an opportunity where I can get in the door with a great network, a great position at a desk on a premiere college football show and be able to grow in the industry, continue to improve, continue to get better, and hopefully be able to do this career for 20-30 years. It all just kind of fell into position for me.”

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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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