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Joel Klatt, Brock Huard, Mark Helfrich, Petros Papadakis and Jordan Palmer to Serve as Analysts
Kevin Kugler, Brandon Gaudin, Alex Faust and Noah Eagle to Provide Play-by-Play
Los Angeles – With The Spring League (TSL) set to kick off today, Thursday, May 6 on FS1, FOX Sports unveils its all-star broadcast lineup for the 2021 season. The announcement was made today by Judy Boyd, Senior Vice President, Production, FOX Sports.
FOX Sports lead college football analyst Joel Klatt, FOX NFL and college football analyst Brock Huard, FOX college football analysts Mark Helfrich and Petros Papadakis, and quarterback coach Jordan Palmer serve as TSL game analysts. They are joined in the booth by FOX Sports and Big Ten Network play-by-play announcers Kevin Kugler and Brandon Gaudin, as well as Alex Faust and Noah Eagle.
For the first time ever, TSL football will air on broadcast television, with six regular-season games as well as its championship matchup airing on FOX. The season’s remaining 18 regular-season games will air in prime time Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays on FS1 and FS2.
The 2021 TSL season begins with Faust and Palmer on the call for a doubleheader Thursday, May 6, on FS1 when the Alphas take on the Aviators at 7:00 PM ET, followed by the Conquerors vs. the Linemen at 10:00 PM ET.
The action continues when the Blues take on the Sea Lions Friday, May 7, at 9:30 PM ET on FS1. TSL makes its network television debut when the reigning champion Generals take on the Jousters Saturday, May 8, at 3:00 PM ET on FOX, with Kugler and Huard in the booth for both matchups.
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Klatt, a former record-setting University of Colorado quarterback is FOX Sports’ lead college football game analyst. In 2020, he also served on the network’s debut TSL coverage and provides analysis leading up to and during the NFL Draft.
NFL veteran quarterback Huard joined FOX Sports in 2019 as a college football analyst and expanded his role in 2020 to include a full slate of NFL matchups on FOX.
Former Oregon head coach Helfrich first joined FOX Sports as a college football game analyst in 2017. He returned to the network in 2020 after a stint as the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears.
Papadakis, a former University of Southern California football standout, has served as a FOX Sports college football analyst since 2004. A lifelong Angeleno, Papadakis hosts the popular “Petros and Money” radio show as well as “The Challenge” on KNBC in Los Angeles.
After seven years in the NFL, Palmer transitioned to the coaching business and has become a renowned quarterback coach for some of the NFL’s top talent, including Trevor Lawrence, Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes. He returns to the TSL booth for the second season.
Longtime broadcaster Kugler serves as a play-by-play announcer for the NFL on FOX in addition to college football and basketball duties with FOX Sports, Big Ten Network and Westwood One radio.
Versatile play-by-play announcer Gaudin works across NFL, college football and basketball properties for FOX Sports, Big Ten Network and Westwood One. He also serves as the voice of EA Sports’ “Madden NFL” franchise.
Faust serves as the lead television play-by-play announcer of the Los Angeles Kings and handles play-by-play for the Tennis Channel as well as various FOX Sports college properties. He returns to the TSL booth for the second season.
Eagle is the radio voice of the Los Angeles Clippers and handled play-by-play for Nickelodeon’s first-ever broadcast of an NFL Wild Card Game in 2021. He also serves as an announcer for the Tennis Channel and contributed to FOX Sports’ coverage of the Jr. NBA Championships.
TSL’s 2021 season features eight teams competing in a six-week regular season from two hub markets. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis plays host to TSL’s North Division, consisting of the Conquerors, Aviators, Alphas and Linemen. The South Division is headquartered in Houston and is comprised of the returning league champion Generals, Jousters, Blues and Sea Lions.
Messi’s Argentina and Neymar’s Brazil Highlight CONMEBOL Copa América 2021™, Kicking Off FOX Sports’ Summer of Soccer on June 13
Marta’s No. 7 Brazil Headline CONMEBOL Women’s Copa América 2022™
Comprehensive Package Includes Prestigious Men’s and Women’s CONMEBOL Copa America™ Tournaments and FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers
LOS ANGELES – Global superstars Messi, Neymar and Marta become an even bigger part of FOX Sports’ world-class soccer portfolio as the network today announces a long-term agreement with South American Football Federation CONMEBOL, the continental governing body of all South American football associations. The new deal expands the network’s elite soccer roster by bringing more of FIFA’s top-ranked men’s and women’s teams and players to FOX Sports beginning with the prestigious South American tournament CONMEBOL Copa América 2021™, and also including FIFA World Cup™ and Olympic qualifiers. Today’s announcement was made by Mark Silverman, President, National Networks, FOX Sports.
“CONMEBOL is the perfect addition to FOX Sports’ elite slate of international soccer properties,” Silverman said. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to grow the game in the U.S. by showcasing some of the best men’s and women’s teams and players from around the world as they suit up for top international competition.”
FOX Sports’ six-year agreement with CONMEBOL kicks off this June with the CONMEBOL Copa América 2021™ event in a massive ‘Summer of Soccer’ for the network.
FOX Sports will offer more than 1,500 hours of soccer coverage throughout the multiyear deal, highlighted by:
- 2021 – CONMEBOL Copa America
- 2022 – CONMEBOL Women’s Copa America, qualifiers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™
- 2023 – CONMEBOL Beach Soccer and Futsal
- 2024 – CONMEBOL men’s and women’s Olympic qualifiers
- 2024 – CONMEBOL Copa America and CONMEBOL Women’s Copa America
- 2025 – CONMEBOL U-20 men’s and U-17 boys’ World Cup™ qualifiers
- 2026 – CONMEBOL Women’s Copa America
“FOX Sports has an excellent reputation for presenting and promoting world-class football events across its platforms,” said Alejandro Domínguez CONMEBOL President. “They have been instrumental in growing the game in the United States, and we are thrilled to partner with them to bring the excitement of CONMEBOL’s 2021 Copa America to the fans in the same manner they’ve been able to do so with the men’s and women’s World Cups.”
With today’s announcement, several of FIFA’s top-ranked teams and players have an increased presence on the FOX Sports family of networks, including Lionel Messi and No. 8-ranked Argentina. Ranked No. 3 in the world, the Brazil men’s side is led by Neymar, while the country’s seventh-ranked women’s side is fronted by the legendary Marta. Edison Cavani stars for No. 9 Uruguay, and Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez lead Chile, while James Rodriguez guides Colombia. CONMEBOL countries have won a combined nine FIFA World Cup™ titles to date.
FOX Sports heads into the summer as the television home to the biggest international soccer tournaments in the world, now with the FIFA World Cup™, FIFA Women’s World Cup™, CONMEBOL Copa América™ and Gold Cup televised across its networks.