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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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NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake

“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”

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The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.

“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”

Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.

Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.

Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”

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Greg Olsen Believes He and Kevin Burkhardt Can Handle Games ‘On Any Stage’

“Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

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Greg Olsen

Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen are on tap to call Super Bowl LVII in February, and Olsen told Front Office Sports he has the confidence to announce the game with no hesitations.

“If you’re asking me, I think Kevin and I have shown that we can handle a game on any stage – on any day. We just did it on Thanksgiving. We’ll do it again around Christmas. And obviously throughout the [NFL] Playoffs,” said Olsen. “So whatever decision they make. Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

“But as of now, I anticipate Kevin and I, the two of us, with Erin and Tom down on the sidelines, the four of us, broadcasting the Super Bowl in February in Arizona. Until I’m told otherwise, that’s how we’re proceeding.”

Olsen also told FOS he has negotiated a new contract with FOX Sports, but declined to share details. He is slated to be replaced on the top broadcast crew once Tom Brady ends his playing career. Brady will then begin a 10-year, $375 million contract to serve as the network’s top NFL game analyst and brand ambassador.

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St. Louis Cardinals Announcer Dan McLaughlin Charged With Third DWI

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

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St. Louis Cardinals television play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin has been charged with DWI after being arrested on Sunday in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police received at least two phone calls from concerned drivers that a white BMW was driving erratically, with one caller saying it was driving into oncoming traffic.

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

Bally Sports Midwest and the released a joint statement Monday.

“We have been made aware that Dan McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday night.. We are very disappointed to hear this, and are working to gather additional information before offering further comment.”

McLaughlin, 48, has served as the voice of the Cardinals for 24 years.

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