VERSUS To Add NBC Sports Talk Hour

From the AP via the Wall Street Journal:

NEW YORK — Versus is adding live weeknight studio shows as part of its evolution after the NBC-Comcast merger.

The “NBC SportsTalk” programs will air from 6-7 p.m. on Monday through Friday starting Sept. 8.

“If we’re going to be important to sports fans, we have to be relevant each day,” NBC Sports Group chair Mark Lazarus said.

Monday’s show will be called “ProFootballTalk.” Fridays will also focus on the NFL.

“NBC SportsTalk” will be hosted by former Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic anchor Russ Thaler

More info on the host of the show, Russ Thaler, including that Wednesdays during the season will feature a half-hour devoted to hockey. From Dan Steinberg:

On Wednesday, they took what they believe is a major step in that process, announcing a block of new live programming that will air weeknights from 6-7 under the “NBC SportsTalk” banner. The studio discussion shows will air on the NBC Sports Network (as Versus will be known starting in January), and will incorporate guests from all of the above properties, including Pro FootballTalk’s Mike Florio, who will appear every Monday and Friday.


“The partnership of NBC Sports and Comcast will, I hope, create opportunities for a lot of people within the Comcast SportsNet family to spread their wings a little bit,” Thaler told me this week while he was driving to Connecticut, where the shows will originate. “I think this is just the beginning for NBC Sports Network. I was the first on-air hire from one of the regional networks, but I’m gonna be far from the last. That really excites me; to be in on the ground floor, to get it going and just see where it goes from here.”


The SportsTalk show will be devoted to football on Mondays (when it will be called Pro FootballTalk) and Fridays (when it will include Peter King). It will focus on the news of the day on Tuesdays-Thursdays. On certain Wednesdays during the winter, the final 30 minutes will be dedicated to hockey. It won’t be a highlight show or a collection of video clips; “that’s not what this is about,” said Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports and VERSUS.

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