Sports personality Charissa Thompson, NBA great Gary Payton and past NFL stars Donovan McNabb and Ephraim Salaam join tennis legend Andy Roddick to provide analysis and commentary for FOX SPORTS LIVE, the flagship news, opinion and highlights program airing nightly on FOX Sports 1, America’s new sports network launching Saturday, Aug. 17. The announcement was made Thursday by FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Studio Production Scott Ackerson, who oversees FOX Sports’ news coverage. FOX SPORTS LIVE debuts the night of Aug. 17 at 11 p.m. ET, with refreshed editions airing at 12 a.m. ET and 1 a.m. ET.
“We are so excited to welcome Gary, Donovan and Ephraim to FOX Sports and we’re thrilled to have Charissa back in the family,” Ackerson said. “The group officially unveiled today, with Andy, represents some of the best in their fields, and we are confident that they’ll provide a fresh, unique perspective to the sports news of the day, creating engaging and entertaining television.”
In addition to the panel, hosted by Thompson, providing analysis and opinion, FOX SPORTS LIVE is anchored by the dynamic Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, who for eight years formed a popular, smart and irreverent anchor team for TSN’s SportsCentre. Onrait and O’Toole joined FOX Sports in May as FOX SPORTS LIVE’s primary anchor team, along with their producer, Tim. Breaking news and updates come throughout the day from Don Bell and Ryan Field, with contributions from correspondents Molly McGrath and Julie Stewart-Binks.
Thompson returns to FOX Sports as the primary host for FOX SPORTS LIVE’s opinion and analysis segments, having spent the past two years at ESPN where she hosted or co-hosted “Numbers Never Lie”, “ESPN First Take” and most recently “SportsNation”. While with FOX, Thompson appeared on a number of programs, including working as a sideline reporter for NFL on FOX, college football and basketball games on FSN and the Big Ten Network. She also cohosted “The Best Damn Sports Show Period”, covered the 2007 MLB All-Star Red Carpet Parade and appeared on “The Baseball Report” on FSN. Her career at FOX Sports began as an assistant in Human Resources.
via FOX Sports LIVE crew revealed: Gary Payton, Donovan McNabb join Charissa Thompson, Andy Roddick, others