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Desus & Mero Added To Showtime Coverage of Mayweather vs Paul

The duo is off until June 20 before their program returns to Showtime.

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Courtesy: Mamadi Doumbouya for Adweek

Showtime is pulling out all the stops for “Mayweather vs. Paul: Bragging Rights” scheduled for June 6 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. 

Desus Nice and The Kid Mero are headlining the broadcast additions. The two comedians have stormed onto the late-night TV scene over the past decade. They host “Desus and Mero” on Showtime twice a week, diving into the craziest internet videos with their unique schtick. Fellow comedian Brendan Schaub is joining the broadcast as a roving reporter. Schaub is a former MMA fighter and hosts “Below the Belt” on Showtime.

Desus and Mero are teaming up with host Brian Custer for commentary throughout the evening. Mauria Ranallo is calling the fight alongside analysts Al Bernstein and boxer Abner Mares. This event is all hands on deck for Showtime. They are covering the action all week leading up to the first punch in the Dolphins home stadium.

Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson from “All the Smoke” are joining in on the fun with digital contributions alongside Morning Kombat’s Brian Campbell and Luke Thomas. The Showtime Sports YouTube Channel is staying busy as well. They are providing media availabilities for the fighters, the undercard press conference, and the weigh-in ceremony.

Terrestrial TV isn’t going anywhere during fight week. Showtime is rolling out a similar format to their famous “All-Access” series covering the ins and outs of the Mayweather and Paul fight camps. “Inside Mayweather vs. Paul” premieres on May 29, at 9:30 p.m. ET before Showtime’s boxing tripleheader headlined by the WBC bantamweight bout between Nordine Oubaali and Nonito Donaire.

The undercard of the Miami Gardens event has a big draw on it as well. Chad Johnson is battling former MMA fighter Brian Maxwell and inside access is on the menu. Showtime is teaming up with Bleacher Report to tackle the project as Johnson currently trains for the fight with the Charlo Brothers.

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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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Ryan Clark, Mad Dog Get Into Heated Argument on ‘First Take’

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

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Former Pittsburgh Steeler, and current ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark and recent Radio Hall of Fame inductee Chris “Mad Dog” Russo squared off on Monday’s edition of First Take, with a heated exchange taking place between the two.

After a discussion about Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas meandered into a discussion about whether Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp would be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he never played another game, Clark said about Hall of Fame voters “they must be voting like you (Russo) vote for the Heisman, where you just vote on whoever the hell you want based off the fact that they play quarterback”.

Russo quickly took exception to the perceived slight.

“Ryan, hold on now,” Russo said, in a louder manner than normal. “You said something, now I’m going to comment. I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born.”

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

“You said something that wasn’t right,” Russo said.

“Lower your voice,” the former Steeler interrupted again.

“I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born,” Mad Dog reiterated, with a lower volume. “30 years.”

“I don’t care about that,” Clark rebutted.

“You’re saying I’m voting for the Heisman and saying I don’t deserve a vote. I’ve been voting for 30 years!”, Russo began to raise his voice again.

“I never said you don’t deserve a vote,” Clark replied before clarifying he disagrees with Russo’s sentiment about the college football award being only awarded to quarterbacks.

It’s not the first time Russo has clashed with First Take contributors. A discussion with J.J. Reddick went viral earlier this year after Reddick told Russo previous NBA players played with “plumbers and firefighters”.

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Todd Frazier Joining ESPN Little League World Series Booth

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

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When people talk about 11-year MLB veteran Todd Frazier, some of the things that are usually mentioned on broadcasts usually is that he is from Toms River, New Jersey and that he played in the Little League World Series in 1998 (won the championship). Now, Frazier will have a bigger connection to the annual event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

As first reported by Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati EnquirerFrazier will be in the TV booth (remotely) for ESPN for this year’s Little League World Series. He made his broadcast debut on Monday morning during one of the New England region semifinals between Maine and Massachusetts. 

Frazier told Nightengale that he wants to use this event to begin his second career in the broadcasting industry.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, especially for the Little League World Series since I’ve been a part of it. I know it and understand it really well. Kind of kickstart my second career here.” 

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

The Little League World Series begins on Wednesday, August 17 and ends on Sunday, August 28. It will be broadcasted on ESPN and ABC.  

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