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Prime Video Premiering Barry Sanders Documentary on Nov. 21

“We are thrilled to look back at his extraordinary career and get to better understand one of the biggest icons of the sport.”

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Amazon Studios and Prime Video announced that Bye Bye Barry, a firsthand account of the life story of former National Football League running back Barry Sanders, will premiere on Nov. 21. The documentary will be released exclusively on Prime Video and available in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide. The company released a teaser trailer along with the announcement, outlining how it will tell the story of the dynamic Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and six-time first-team All-Pro selection.

“Barry Sanders is the best running back to ever play,” Matt Newman, head of Prime Video original sports content, said in a statement. “We’ve all watched his highlights and wished he had played longer in the NFL, and wondered why he really retired so abruptly. We are thrilled to look back at his extraordinary career and get to better understand one of the biggest icons of the sport.”

Sanders won the Heisman Trophy with Oklahoma State in 1988 and went on to have a stellar NFL career with the Detroit Lions. Throughout his professional career, he was named the Rookie of the Year in 1989 and the league’s Most Valuable Player award-winner in 1997. Additionally, he was a four-time rushing champion, attaining more than 1,000 yards in the category each season, and reached 10 Pro Bowls.

Sanders’ retirement from the game of football, however, was sudden and unexpected at the age of 31, leaving people guessing what was going on. In fact, he faxed an announcement disclosing his decision to his hometown newspaper, passing up the chance to hold a press conference or participate in a one-on-one interview. The Prime Video documentary covers this facet of his career and looks to give viewers more clarity about what was behind the choice.

“Watching Barry Sanders play running back was to witness a mystery,” Angela Torma, NFL Films senior producer and co-director/co-producer of the film, said in a statement. “But Sanders’ career ended with a much bigger mystery: Why did one of the greatest running backs of all time walk away in his prime, on the cusp of breaking the league’s all-time rushing record? In Bye Bye Barry, we discover the reasoning for his retirement, and why it still reverberates so strongly across the sports landscape today.”

The documentary is presented by Prime Video Sports and classified as an NFL Films production. This project is executive produced by Patrick Kelleher, Ross Ketover, Ken Rodgers and Brian Rolapp of NFL Films, and it is also co-directed by Paul Monusky, Micaela Powers and the aforementioned Torma. Aside from interviews with Sanders and his family members, the program also contains interviews with Tim Allen, Bill Belichick, Jeff Daniels, Eminem, Kevin Glover, Jemele Hill, Calvin Johnson, Herman Moore, Dan Patrick, Rodney Peete, Jalen Rose, Emmitt Smith and Chris Spielman.

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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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