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Versus to Launch ‘NBC SportsTalk’ Live Studio Show at 6pm on Sept. 8

Darren Rovell
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The cable network will also launch sports business show “CNBC Sports Biz: Game On” with CNBC's Darren Rovell on Fridays at 7pm as part of a new weeknight programming lineup.

NEW YORK – NBCUniversal sports cable network Versus said Wednesday that it is launching a one-hour 6pm weekday live studio talk show under the banner “NBC SportsTalk” on Sept. 8, which will use talent from across the NBC Sports Group.

Plus, in another example of cross-pollination following the acquisition of NBCUniversal by Comcast, CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell will launch the half-hour CNBC Sports Biz: Game On on Versus on Fridays at 7pm.

"NBC Sports Talk," hosted by former Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic anchor Russ Thaler, will focus on discussions of the day's big sports events. Mondays and Fridays will be devoted to football, while the rest of the shows during the week will focus on the most topical sports stories.

Talent featured will include Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Football Night in America and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com for the NFL-themed show on Friday nights.

“NBC SportsTalk is the type of nightly, relevant programming that viewers can expect to see as we continue the re-branding process from Versus to the NBC Sports Network," said Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports and Versus. "The live nightly shows also give us the opportunity to tap into our stable of top talent across all of our platforms to provide a unique perspective for sports fans.”  

Versus previously announced that it will be rebranded as NBC Sports Group on Jan. 2.

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