Fox Sports 1 hopes to lure viewers from ESPN's “SportsCenter” with spirited commentary from a panel on its flagship show, “Fox Sports Live,” which includes former NFL stars Donovan McNabb and Ephraim Salaam, former NBA standout Gary Payton, past tennis star Andy Roddick and sports personality Charissa Thompson. The show will debut at 10 p.m. Aug. 17, the same day the network launches.
“We think this group of folks is a group that you want to sit down with every night and hear,” Fox Sports president Eric Shanks said Thursday in a conference call announcing the cast.
“Fox Sports Live” also will have an anchor team of Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole, who for eight years formed what the network labeled “a smart and irreverent” anchor team for TSN's “SportsCentre.” They will be responsible for supplying the day's sports news and highlights.
— Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo and reporter Holly Rowe will broadcast the WNBA All-Star Game from Uncasville, Conn., at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC. Former Baylor star Brittney Griner will start for the Western Conference.
— The second season of ESPN Films' 30 for 30 series will return in October with six new films. Topics include the tragic story of Hawaiian surfer Eddie Aikau, former New York Islanders owner John Spano's scandal, Jimmy Connors' extraordinary run during the 1991 U.S. Open, and a revealing look at the Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding skating rivalry.
Former Texas Tech basketball star Sheryl Swoopes is profiled in the next installment in ESPN Films' “Nine for IX' series. Sports broadcaster Hannah Storm directed “Swoopes,” which will debut at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Swoopes, a three-time MVP of the WNBA, in 2005 became the highest-profile athlete in her sport to acknowledge she was gay.
— Jenn Brown has jumped from ESPN to the NFL Network to host “NFL Total Access” and handle a variety of other roles for the network.