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Behind the Mic: NBC Sports Spreads Super Bowl LVI Talent Over Eight L.A. Locations; Turner Sports Signs Exclusive Deal With Draymond Green

28/01/2022

Behind the Mic: NBC Sports Spreads Super Bowl LVI Talent Over Eight L.A. Locations; Turner Sports Signs Exclusive Deal With Draymond Green By SVG Staff

Friday, January 28, 2022 - 10:37 am

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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, NBC Sports unveils their on-air talent for next month's Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, Turner Sports reaches an exclusive multiyear agreement with Draymond Green, long-time SportsCenter reporter Mark Schwarz is retiring after 32 years, and NBC Sports' Premier League Studio Show will be live from SoFi Stadium throughout Super Bowl week.

NBC Sports's Star-Studded Cast To Present Super Bowl LVI, Headlining Biggest Day in Sports on Super Gold Sunday NBC Sports' presentation of Super Bowl LVI includes a star-studded commentating team as Los Angeles hosts its first Super Bowl in nearly three decades from SoFi Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 13, on NBC, Telemundo, and Peacock. Super Bowl LVI marks the network's 20th Super Bowl broadcast, and the first on Peacock. Telemundo will be the first Spanish-language broadcast network to air the Super Bowl.

In all, a record 27 hosts, analysts, and commentators will be in eight locations around Los Angeles and at SoFi Stadium for Super Bowl Sunday.

On Feb. 13, Super Bowl LVI and 2022 Winter Olympic Games converge across NBC Sports to create Super Gold Sunday - the biggest day in sports media history - featuring the awarding of the Lombardi Trophy in Los Angeles and multiple gold medal events in Beijing.

Al Michaels, the play-by-play voice for NBC's Sunday Night Football, calls Super Bowl LVI on NBC and Peacock. This marks Michaels' 11th Super Bowl play-by-play assignment - tied for the most ever for a television commentator, joining former CBS and FOX announcer Pat Summerall (11).

Joining Michaels are 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth (analyst), who played in two Super Bowls as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals; four-time Sports Emmy Award-winner Michele Tafoya and Kathryn Tappen (sideline reporters); and three-time Super Bowl referee Terry McAulay (rules analyst). This marks the fifth Super Bowl assignment for Collinsworth and Tafoya, and the first game assignment for both Tappen and McAulay.

The Super Bowl LVI Pregame Show features host Mike Tirico, who will make a hosting double as he will anchor the Olympic primetime show in Beijing beginning Thursday, Feb. 3. He will also host NBC Sports' Super Bowl halftime show and handle the Lombardi Trophy presentation after the game. Tirico's first broadcast from SoFi Stadium will be the Friday, Feb. 11 Olympic primetime show on NBC and Peacock, where he will host from a special outdoor set.

Maria Taylor makes her Super Bowl hosting debut, starting Sunday's pregame show at the famed Santa Monica Pier, before heading to the field at SoFi Stadium. At halftime, she will provide viewers with a moments-away look at what's to come in the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show from backstage and on-field locations. After the game, Taylor will anchor from the main set at SoFi Stadium.

Super Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees makes his Super Bowl television debut on the Super Bowl pregame show alongside Football Night in America teammates and fellow Super Bowl champions Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison. Dungy won a Super Bowl as a player with the Pittsburgh Steelers (XIII) and as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts (XLI). Harrison won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots (XXXVIII and XXXIX).

Former NFL quarterback Chris Simms, whose father was MVP of Super Bowl XXI as quarterback of the New York Giants, joins Taylor at Santa Monica Pier before making his way to SoFi Stadium, while Jac Collinsworth makes his Super Bowl debut, working on the field alongside Harrison.

NBC Sports insiders Mike Florio and Peter King are covering their 13th and 38th Super Bowls, respectively. Florio will report on all the news surrounding Super Bowl LVI from on-location in Los Angeles, while King will present a feature and additional commentary. Steve Kornacki, NBC News' celebrated political correspondent, will make his Super Sunday debut on the Super Bowl pregame show.

Throughout the pregame show, Michael Holley and Michael Smith from Peacock's Brother From Another will report from the AFC and NFC team hotels, and Access Hollywood's Kit Hoover will take viewers inside the NFL Tailgate at SoFi Stadium.

NBC Sports' Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rutledge Wood will embark on a Super SoCal Adventure, bringing viewers to various landmarks throughout Los Angeles leading up to the game.

Coverage will be led by Emmy-Award winner, Miguel Gurwitz, along with Ana Jurka, Karim Mendiburu, and special guest Rolando Cantu, a former Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman. Carlos Mauricio Ramirez will handle play-by-play and Jorge Andres will provide game analysis. In addition, Andres Cantor will make an appearance on NBC Sports' Super Bowl pregame show.

NBC Sports' coverage of Super Bowl LVI is led by executive producer Fred Gaudelli and director Drew Esocoff, who will work their seventh Super Bowl together. NBC Sports' Super Bowl LVI Pregame coverage is produced by Tommy Roy and Matt Casey, and directed by Pierre Moossa. Sam Flood is the executive producer of NBC Sports.

Turner Sports Reaches Exclusive Multiyear Agreement with Draymond Green

Draymond Green, a three-time NBA Champion and three-time NBA All-Star with the Golden State Warriors, will join Turner Sports in an exclusive, multi-year agreement. The unique arrangement will include Green making appearances on TNT's Inside the NBA, among additional content initiativ
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