Behind the Mic: NBA TV Adds Isiah Thomas to Pre-Game Show; Jay Mohr Joins Fox Sports Radio

Compiled by Jason Dachman, Managing Editor, SVG

Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas will join NBA TV as a studio analyst, making his debut Friday, Dec. 21, during the network’s Pre-Game Show. The 12-time NBA All-Star and former NBA head coach will make several appearances each month on the network and will also be a regular contributor to…

…FOX Sports Radio has added actor, comedian and radio personality Jay Mohr as its new midday host. Airing live on weekdays from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET/9 a.m. – 12 p.m. PT, Jay Mohr Sports will feature sports talk and entertainment highlighted by Mohr’s trademark comedic style and unique perspective as a multi-media star, in addition to conversations with top athletes and celebrities. Originating from FOX Sports Radio’s Los Angeles studios, Jay Mohr Sports will debut on radio stations nationwide Wednesday, January 2, 2013…

…NBC Sports Group has announced that Will Buxton will serve as reporter for its Formula One coverage. Buxton will join his former colleagues Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), David Hobbs (analyst) and Steve Matchett (analyst), who joined NBC Sports Group in November. Buxton has been entrenched in F1 for nearly a decade, working as a print reporter, a communications executive and a television journalist. He is highly respected in the industry and a favorite among fans. In October, it was announced that NBC Sports Group will televise all F1 races, as well as qualifying, practice sessions, studio shows and re-airs that amount to more than 100 hours of programming annually…

…ESPN has named Todd Grisham as the new host of Friday Night Fights, which will return January 4 on ESPN2 HD and ESPN Deportes. Bernardo Osuna, who served in that role in 2012, will become the series’ first-ever on-site reporter, contributing to ESPN’s Friday Night Fights in English, and ESPN Deportes’ Viernes De Combates in Spanish. Blow-by-blow commentator Joe Tessitore and ringside analyst Teddy Atlas will return to describe the action. Todd Grisham, an anchor for ESPNEWS’ Highlight Express, MMA Live and SportsCenter, previously served as a WWE backstage interviewer, play-by-play commentator and ring announcer.

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