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Mike Tirico to host NBC Sports’ new daily sports talk show ‘Lunch Talk Live’

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NBC Sports’ new daily sports talk show, Lunch Talk Live, debuts this Monday, April 6, at Noon ET on NBCSN, featuring host Mike Tirico joined by special guests, including current and former athletes, NBC Sports’ lineup of on-air commentators, and other prominent voices and figures within sports and media.

Lunch Talk Live focuses on the current state of the sports world and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, providing guests with a platform to discuss the state of sports, voice their personal stories and detail how they are adapting their daily lives during this challenging time.

“In these challenging times, we are all missing sports and the people who make sports memories,” said Tirico. “Hopefully, we can bring a midday connection with some of them to help fill the void.”

Sam Flood, NBC Sports Executive Producer & President of Production, said, “We’re excited to bring viewers fresh programming every day with unique, topical conversations from prominent individuals in all corners of sports. This will be a daily lunch date to share sports and stories we miss during these unique times.”

The hour-long show will air weekdays at Noon ET on NBCSN and stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Select content and interviews will additionally be hosted on NBC Sports’ YouTube channel and social media platforms.

This week’s guests:

Monday 4/6

  • 12:00p- Justin Leonard // Peter King
  • 12:15p- Cris Collinsworth & Dale Earnhardt Jr
  • 12:30p- Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski
  • 12:40p- Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
  • 12:50p- Jeff Burton & Steve Letarte

Tuesday 4/7

  • 12:15p- Rebecca Lowe & Kathryn Tappen
  • 12:30p- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman
  • 12:40p- NASCAR Driver Denny Hamlin

Wednesday 4/8

  • 12:15p- Al Michaels & Doc Emrick
  • 12:30p- PGA Golfer Justin Thomas
  • 12:50p- Kyle Petty & Dale Jarrett


Thursday 4/9

  • 12:50p- Keith Jones & Eddie Olczyk

Friday 4/10

  • 12:15p- Michele Tafoya & tbd
  • 12:40p- Dan Hicks & Paul Azinger
  • 12:50p- Robbie Mustoe & Robbie Earle



Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.

The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.