A-List Sports Stars Prove Huge Draw for FOX SPORTS LIVE
The list of guests to grace the Fox Sports Live interview chair since its debut with the launch of Fox Sports 1 reads like a "who's who" in the sports world, highlighted by champions, Hall of Famers and MVPs across nearly every athletic discipline.
LeBron James, Eli Manning, Roger Federer, Joe Flacco, Mike Tyson, Sean Payton, Julius Erving, Floyd Mayweather, Serena Williams, Colin Kaepernick, Mark Cuban, and Joe Torre are but a few giants of their fields who have clipped on a Fox Sports Live microphone since its Aug. 17 premiere, comprising quite an impressive roster for a network in its infancy.
"The caliber of highly accomplished guests we've had on Fox Sports Live thus far speaks to the power of the Fox Sports brand established over the past 20 years," said Fox Sports EVP/Coordinating Studio Producer Scott Ackerson. "Athletes and newsmakers realize they now have more than one place to talk all kinds of sports and sporting issues."
Firing questions at guests on Fox Sports Live are host Charissa Thompson and panelists Donovan McNabb, Andy Roddick, Gabe Kapler, Ephraim Salaam and Gary Payton, as well as various Fox Sports reporters and analysts.
Thompson points to NBA Hall of Famer Julius Erving, who joined the Fox Sports Live panel in early September, as one whose perspective transcended that of most guests.
"Hearing a legend like 'Dr. J' speak of his experience in the game and how much the game has changed was intriguing," Thompson said. "He also said he doesn't watch that much basketball anymore, which I found to be quite interesting."
Thompson also singled out Mike Tyson as a captivating interview.
"Learning about his life, career, trials and tribulations outside of boxing, from the death of his daughter to bankruptcy, and how those events affected his life, was eye-opening," she explained. "The name 'Mike Tyson' garners a certain level of fear in most people, but he couldn't be nicer. People often are taken aback by his soft-spoken demeanor."
Joe Torre, former New York Yankees manager and current Executive VP, Baseball Operations for MLB, shared with the panel his perspective on the MLB wild card before and after its implementation; expanding instant replay in 2014; and his relationship with Mariano Rivera.
"Torre's presidential quality was fascinating," said Gabe Kapler, panelist and former MLB outfielder. "He has a charismatic demeanor and shining aura about him that is remarkable. I already knew he was a great guy and about his prowess as a manager from playing against him, but I didn't know he had that presidential quality."