Seen on Screen: Fox Sports Live Tackles College Football; Sports Jeopardy! to Debut Next Month
by Jarrel Harris, Editorial Assistant
Beginning Aug. 29, and continuing every Friday for the duration of the football season, FOX Sports 1’s flagship highlight, news and opinion show, FOX SPORTS LIVE, features a dedicated hour of college football programming with the newly minted FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF.
Slated to air weekly during the 12:00 AM ET hour, the show activates all reaches of FOX Sports’ deep college football talent stable to provide viewers with a dynamic, entertaining, and informational head start on all of Saturday’s action.
In-studio analysts include Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart, Petros Papadakis and Dave Wannstedt. In addition, FOX Sports’ trio of college football insiders, Bruce Feldman, Stewart Mandel and Clay Travis, are on hand to provide news breaks and insights on each week’s most relevant topics, including explanations and analysis of the sport’s first-ever playoff system.
The format counts down the week’s biggest stories from 10 to 1, mixing in related analysis and conversation from the panel of experts. With FOX Sports also holding an expansive rights package for games this season, the show cuts away to on-site reports from the respective crews for previews of Saturday’s contests airing on FOX and FOX Sports 1. On-site game talent includes veteran broadcasters Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Tim Brando among others.
FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF airs live at 12:00AM ET, followed by a series of re-airs on Saturday mornings that lead into FOX Sports 1’s first game each Saturday, set for kick off at 12:00 PM ET…
…Sportscaster Dan Patrick will make his game show host debut Sept. 24 with the premiere of Sports Jeopardy! on Crackle.
The Sony-owned digital network has ordered 52 episodes of the half-hour sports-centric show — a spinoff of the Sony-produced Jeopardy! — and new episodes will become available every Wednesday throughout the year.
Sports Jeopardy! will include interactive components, including a 99-cent mobile app that will allow viewers to follow along with the show…
…Showtime is revamping its roster for its weekly NFL program, Inside the NFL, and moving it to Tuesdays for this season.
The network has added current Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, former NFL safety Ed Reed and Boomer Esiason, who serves as an analyst on corporate sibling CBS’ The NFL Today. Greg Gumbel will also come aboard as the new host, replacing James Brown. Phil Simms is the show’s lone returner from last season.
Inside the NFL will premiere its new season Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. – two days before the first game of the season – with repeats on NFL Network on Wednesdays…
…DirecTV is launching a daily talk show hosted by NFL Network host Rich Eisen. The Rich Eisen Show will air weekdays from noon-3 p.m. on DirecTV’s Audience Network. The show will be in the same vein as Eisen’s weekly podcast on NFL.com, which he has done for four years, featuring a mix of personalities from the sports and entertainment world.
In addition to Audience Network, The Rich Eisen Show will be available digitally on NFL Now, the league’s digital video network launched earlier this month. It will also be available on DirecTV’s ROOT Sports-branded regional sports networks in Pittsburgh, Denver and Seattle.
The show will originate from DirecTV’s Los Angeles headquarters…
…NFL on FOX launched Fantasy Football Uncensored that features Insider Jay Glazer and actor/comedian David Spade. The shows concept follows Spade and a few of his celebrity friends for a weekly battle of football knowledge and smack talk.
Joined by comedians David Spade, Nick Swardson and Brody Stevens, Rascal Flatts’ bassist Jay DeMarcus, MMA icon Chuck Liddell, No Filter’s Katie Nolan, and actor Jerry Ferrara, the group competes through FOX Fantasy Football on FOXSports.com, with Glazer serving as the host and league commissioner. One final entry, representing NFL on FOX, consists of rotating appearances by Brian Urlacher, John Lynch, Ronde Barber and David Diehl.
Orthopedic surgeon and FOX Sports contributor Dr. Robert Klapper provides insight into player injuries, deciphering team talk and offering fantasy football players a leg up on their competition…
…CBS Sports Network debuted its television simulcast of The Doug Gottlieb Show, CBS Sports Radio’s popular afternoon show on Monday with a new set located at the CBS Sports Radio studios in New York City.
The three-hour program is hosted by Doug Gottlieb live Monday-Friday from 3:00-6:00 PM, ET and features national sports talk, news headlines, and interviews with current and former sports icons, as well as newsmakers from the sports world and listener phone calls. The show challenges and engages sports audiences nationwide…