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NBC Sports Network Shaking Up ‘The Crossover,’ Dave Briggs Out

Just a few short months after the program debuted, NBC Sports Network is completely shaking up its early-evening show “The Crossover,” according to The Big Lead.

Dave Briggs, who joined NBC Sports from Fox News in January specifically to host the program, is being removed as co-host. Starting Monday, the show will have a new set, and Michelle Beadle will host alone, joined by a rotating cast of regulars. Briggs is expected to get hosting duties on another NBCSN program.

Update: Briggs tells TVNewser “I’m ecstatic about the recent developments & very much looking forward to this opportunity.”

“The Crossover” was one of NBCSN’s highest-profile launches in recent memory, as Beadle was poached from ESPN (which wanted badly to keep her) and Briggs came from “Fox & Friends” weekend edition, which, while not as popular as the weekday edition, still does very well for FNC.

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NBC’s Kentucky Derby Plans

This afternoon thousands of dapper people will file into Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. They will sip mint juleps, wear funny hats and make “trifecta” wagers after pretending to read the book on handicapping.

Yes, the Kentucky Derby is here, and NBC, which paid good money for the TV rights, is planning wide-ranging coverage, including contributions from NBC News and The Weather Channel.

Al Roker was at Churchill Friday for a “Today” segment, as well as “Wake Up with Al” on Weather Channel. His colleague Stephanie Abrams will continue coverage on Weather Saturday morning. “Today” correspondent Dylan Dreyer will report from the hallowed grounds on Saturday and Sunday, previewing and recapping the event, respectively. Brian Schachtman, CNBC’s sports business reporter, filed reports from Churchill Friday, and will continue all day today.

E! news is also planning coverage. The fancy hats may cover people’s heads, but they won;t cover themselves, you know.

Bob Costas will lead the coverage, along with:
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Former ‘Fox & Friends’ Host Dave Briggs Joins NBC

As we thought, Dave Briggs has officially announced that his move from Fox News is to NBC. Briggs will co-host a daily sports and pop culture show for the NBC Sports Network called “The Crossover with Beadle and Briggs” alongside “Access Hollywood”/NBC Sports correspondent Michelle Beadle.

NBC Sports Network says the 30-minute program airing at 6pmET “will focus on the biggest and most topical stories of the day in the worlds of sports, pop culture and entertainment.” It debuts Monday, January 28.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt NBC was the gold standard in television, and it’s an honor to join the team together with the talented Michelle Beadle,” said Briggs in a statement. “Bringing together me, who’s been covering the bitter politics of D.C., with Beadle, who follows glamorous and scandalous Hollywood, can only produce one thing: a unique new show.”

More information after the jump.

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NBCU Makes Michelle Beadle Deal Official

NBCUniversal has formally announced its deal with former ESPN anchor and corespondent Michelle Beadle. Earlier this month we noted that NBC was the likely destination for Beadle, though the exact role was undefined.

Rather than co-host NBCU’s syndicated entertainment news show “Access Hollywood,” Beadle will serve as a correspondent, and will cover all of the major red carpet events. Beadle will also serve as a correspondent for NBC’s big sporting events, including the NFL Kickoff and the horse racing Triple Crown. The NBC Sports Network will also be developing a new show for Beadle.

The agreement is not unlike another recent deal NBCU made with a high-profile talent, albeit on a smaller scale.

“Similar to the agreement with Ryan Seacrest, this is another great example of attracting a talent who can contribute across multiple NBCUniversal platforms,” said Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group in a statement.

More information, after the jump.

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Michelle Beadle Bolting ESPN For NBC

ESPN “SportsNation” co-anchor Michelle Beadle is reportedly leaving the Worldwide Leader in Sports for greener pastures at NBCUniversal.

Jim Miller, who wrote ESPN bio Those Guys Have All The Fun, has some details on the deal:

Look for Beadle to appear during NBC’s Olympics broadcasts this Summer. In addition, don’t be surprised if she turns up with some regularity on “Today.”

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Kurt Warner Working Exclusively For NFL Network

NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner signed a new multi-year extension that will have the former MVP working exclusively for the network.

Warner will work on NFL GameDay Morning, NFL Total Access, and Thursday Night Football.

I’ve had a great time making the transition from playing to talking about the game and there is no better place to talk football than NFL Network,” said Warner. “I look forward to contributing my thoughts from a quarterback’s perspective on the Sunday morning and Thursday Night Football pregame shows as well as on NFL Total Access. NFL Network has given me the opportunity to be on their marquee shows and I can’t wait for the 2011 season to begin.” Read more

Video: 11-year-old Winner of Mets' Kidcaster Contest Calls Reyes Home Run

Jacob Resnick, an 11-year-old who won SNY’s Kidcaster Contest, got to call a home run by his favorite player Jose Reyes in last night’s game — and he got to do it on his first pitch in the booth, where he was congratulated by Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and Gary Cohen. My former 11-year-old self is jealous and hates this kid. My current self (age withheld) thinks this is pretty damn cool.

Video: Vancouver Riots Following NHL Finals Loss

In a time-honored tradition that goes all the way back to the first Olympic Games in ancient Greece, fans of the losing team (in this case, the Vancouver Canucks, who lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the NHL Finals last night) decided to vent their anger by rioting. This latest installment of morons gone wild included looting, flipping over port-o-potties, lighting cars on fire, dancing atop burning cars, bottle throwing, assault, and tussles with police, who tried to disperse the crowd with tear gas and flash bangs.

Big Lead Sports Names Barry Janoff Business Editor

Big Lead Sports has hired Barry Janoff to join their editorial team as business editor.

“We are excited about the launch of our new destination site which features the best in indie sports content,” said Chris Russo, Big Lead Spots CEO. We’re also very pleased to have someone as well respected and knowledgeable as Barry Janoff join our team to enhance our sports business coverage.”

Janoff brings more than 25 years of experience to the online sports property. He’s the executive editor for NYSportsJournalism, a national network of sports marketing/business news sites. Prior to that, Janoff spent 10 years as an executive editor for Nielsen Media. Read more

NHL Begins Search For International Media Rights

The National Hockey League announced a tender process Monday for international media rights to live NHL games throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The open bidding process will run from May 17 to June 8 and the foreign rights would run from 2011-12 through 2014-15 seasons.

According to the NHL, 26 percent of its players come from outside of North America. Since 2007, the NHL has staged more than 35 exhibition and regular season games in Europe attended by over 400,000 fans.