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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



Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.