Behind the Mic: ESPN Signs Larry Fitzgerald, Jr., Re-Signs Prominent NFL Reporters

Behind the Mic provides a roundup of recent news regarding on-air talent, including new deals, departures, and assignments compiled from press releases and reports around the industry. In this week’s edition, ESPN Signs 11-Time Pro Bowl Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. and Re-Signs Prominent NFL Reporters Jeff Darlington, Dan Graziano, Kimberley A. Martin and Ed Werder Ahead of 2022 Season.

ESPN Signs 11-Time Pro Bowl Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Jr.

ESPN has signed 11-time Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald, Jr., as one of the NFL’s most-decorated, accomplished and respected wide receivers expands to a studio analyst role for the network. The former Walter Payton Man of the Year honoree (2016) will make his ESPN debut on Monday Night Countdown (6 p.m. ET), live from Seattle, in advance of Monday Night Football’s Broncos-Seahawks season-opener on September 12.

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Fitzgerald will be onsite for Monday Night Countdown on multiple occasions this season. During the NFL Playoffs, Fitzgerald will join select editions of Postseason NFL Countdown before concluding the season as part of ESPN’s Super Bowl LVII coverage in Arizona where he is the Executive Chairman of the Super Bowl Host Committee.

On Monday Night Countdown, Fitzgerald will join Robert Griffin III, Booger McFarland and Steve Young, the show’s weekly analysts. Suzy Kolber is the host alongside senior NFL insider Adam Schefter. Features reporter Michelle Beisner-Buck will also be back. Like Fitzgerald, Alex Smith will appear multiple times this season.

ESPN Re-Signs Prominent NFL Reporters Jeff Darlington, Dan Graziano, Kimberley A. Martin and Ed Werder Ahead of 2022 Season

ESPN’s NFL reporters Jeff Darlington, Dan Graziano, Kimberley A. Martin and Ed Werder will continue their best-in-category reporting for the network, as ESPN has re-signed the accomplished reporters to new deals. Darlington, Graziano, Martin and Werder will continue covering the NFL year-round, providing fans breaking news, live on-site reports, exclusive, impactful interviews with the league’s biggest names and ESPN’s hallmark, world-class storytelling.

Veteran ESPN NFL Reporters Sal Paolantonio and Dianna Russini, both in the midst of multi-year agreements, join Darlington, Graziano, Martin and Werder in providing fans daily, year-round coverage of the NFL. Together, the group brings unrivaled experience to ESPN and expertise that has propelled them each to the top echelon of their industry.

Pat McAfee Joins ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot

Pat McAfee is joining College GameDay Built by The Home Depot as an analyst as part of a new multi-year agreement with ESPN. One of the most dynamic and entertaining personalities in sports media, McAfee will now be a full-time member of college football’s premier pregame show, beginning this Saturday, Sept. 10, in Austin, Texas before the Alabama-Texas game.

FOX Sports Unveils FIFA World Cup Tonight Broadcast Team Featuring Kate Abdo, Maurice Edu and Chad Johnson

FOX Sports, America’s English-language home for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, today announces a dynamic, world-renowned trio of soccer personalities to anchor the network’s FIFA WORLD CUP TONIGHT show in acclaimed host Kate Abdo, former U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) star Maurice Edu and former NFL star – soccer aficionado Chad Johnson. Throughout the tournament, an additional guest analyst will join the trio on-set providing viewers and program alike with a versatile range of unique perspectives from soccer stars, personas and pundits.

Starting on the evening of Monday, Nov. 21, FIFA WORLD CUP TONIGHT will air on FOX at midnight across all time zones during the tournament. The show will also air on FS1 at 11:00 PM ET on most weekdays throughout the competition. On select match days, including Thanksgiving, Nov. 24Black Friday, Nov. 25 and the FIFA World Cup Final on Sunday, Dec. 18, the show will premiere at 7:00 PM ET on FS1.

Prime Video Presents ‘TNF with Storm & Kremer’ Thursday Night Football Alternate Stream

Prime Video announced today that “TNF with Storm & Kremer”—featuring Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer—will be among its featured alternate streams during the upcoming season of Thursday Night Football.

Storm and Kremer, who have worked together on Prime Video broadcasts over the past four seasons and became the first and only all-woman broadcast booth in the NFL, will partner once again, but in an all-new capacity. Their 2022 alternate stream will differ from the duo’s previous work on Prime Video, as they will delve deeper into storytelling and take viewers inside the matchup and league from a whole new perspective. The stream will feature live interviews with players and league insiders, behind-the-scenes stories from their decades covering the league, and much more from their unique perspectives. “TNF with Storm & Kremer” will make two appearances this coming season, with dates announced later.

ESPN Re-signs Sports Betting Analyst Joe Fortenbaugh to New, Multi-year Contract

ESPN has re-signed sports betting analyst Joe Fortenbaugh to a new, multi-year contract to remain with the company.

Fortenbaugh will continue to be a regular on ESPN’s sports betting news and information program Daily Wager, as well as in other programs and segments on television, radio and digital platforms.

Coming in January, Fortenbaugh will host a new digital show/podcast.

Thomas Davis, Kyle Long And Aditi Kinkhabwala Join CBS Sports Network’s ‘That Other Pregame Show’ As Show Enters 10th Year

Former All-Pro NFL standouts Thomas Davis and Kyle Long have been added as studio commentators on CBS Sports Network’s THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW (TOPS). Veteran NFL correspondent Aditi Kinkhabwala has joined as an on-site reporter.

TOPS kicks off its 10th year on Sunday, Sept. 11 and airs on Sundays from 9:00 AM–noon, ET through Week 10, and 8:00 AM–noon, ET throughout the rest of the regular season. TOPS will air a season preview episode on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7:00 PM, ET.

Host Adam Schein and Amy Trask in their 10th year on the show are joined by Brock Vereen, Davis, and Long, as well as analyst and lead NFL insider Jonathan Jones to preview the upcoming games with opinions, analysis, predictions and interviews. Jeff Ratcliffe and Keith Irizarry provide fantasy updates and advice, while Kinkhabwala provides on-site game reports. TOPS also features appearances by THE NFL TODAY analysts Nate Burleson, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms as well as live interviews with CBS Sports’ on-site game announcers.

ESPN Signs NHL Writer Ryan S. Clark to Multi-year Deal Ahead of 2022-23 NHL Season

ESPN has hired award-winning journalist Ryan S. Clark as its newest National Hockey League writer ahead of the upcoming 2022-23 NHL season. He starts in his new role with the ESPN digital team today.

A versatile journalist with more than 20 years of experience, Clark comes to ESPN from The Athletic, where he was a national NHL writer and Seattle Kraken beat reporter. Prior to that, he was The Athletic’s Colorado Avalanche beat writer based out of Denver

Telemundo Deportes Presents New Sunday Night Football Team For The 2022 NFL Season Starting With The Kickoff Game This Thursday On Universo, & App

Telemundo Deportes, the Spanish-language home of Sunday Night Football, announced today its coverage plans for the 2022 NFL season, beginning with the NFL Kickoff Game between the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 8:20 p.m. ET live on Universo, and the Telemundo Deportes app.

Telemundo Deportes will provide exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the entire NBC Sunday Night Football package with 20 regular season games, including this Thursday’s NFL Kickoff Game, 18 regular-season Sunday Night Football games, and the annual Thanksgiving night game, which will air on Telemundo and wrap up a day of fútbol and football. Telemundo Deportes will present three playoff matchups, including a Divisional Playoff game and two Wild Card Playoff games. All 23 NFL games this season will also be available on live stream via and the Telemundo Deportes app.

Telemundo Deportes introduces new Sunday Night Football announce team with Emmy-award winning sports journalist, anchor and host Miguel Gurwitz and former Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Rolando Cantu to call the games this 2022 season with Ariana Figuera and Jorge Andres serving as analysts and supporting the pre- and post-game studio coverage.

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