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ABC Announces Hosting Team for "The Superstars," Premiering Tuesday, June 23
John Saunders, Warren Sapp and Jenn Brown have been tapped for said duties.

[via press release from ABC]


ESPN's John Saunders Heads Hosting Team, Featuring Former NFL Player Warren Sapp and TV Personality Jenn Brown

ESPN's John Saunders will head up a hosting team that also features former NFL player and past competitor in "The Superstars" Warren Sapp and TV personality Jenn Brown. "The Superstars" pairs popular celebrities with world-class athletes and is based on ABC's classic "Wide World of Sports" series of the same name, which pitted athletes from all different sports against each other to determine the best athlete in the world. The series premieres TUESDAY, JUNE 23 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

In "The Superstars," each week a team will be eliminated until one team is ultimately crowned the winner. Competitors' athletic prowess and strategy will be put to the test to excel in events including swimming, biking, running and kayaking, in addition to other head-to-head athletic challenges everyone must try to conquer.

The team pairings are Terrell Owens & Joanna Krupa; Jeff Kent & Ali Landry; Robert Horry & Estella Warren; Bode Miller & Paige Hemmis; Kristi Leskinen & Maksim Chmerkovskiy; Lisa Leslie & Dan Cortese; Jennifer Capriati & David Charvet; and Brandi Chastain & Julio Iglesias, Jr.

JOHN SAUNDERS � John Saunders, one of ESPN's most visible and versatile commentators, has hosted and provided play-by-play for a variety of sports since joining ESPN in 1986. He is a play-by-play commentator on NBA telecasts and serves as host of ESPN's "NBA Matchup," a weekly studio show focusing on the X's and O's of the game, and ESPN2's "NBA Coast to Coast," the whip-around format program offering live look-ins to games along with news, information and analysis. In addition, in January 2002 he was named host of "The Sports Reporters," ESPN's Sunday morning roundtable of print reporters who discuss the week's topical issues. Saunders has also worked for ABC since 1990, hosting NCAA basketball telecasts since 1998 (also 1990-91), college football telecasts since 1992 and NHL action (1993, 1999-2004). A former colleague and close friend of the late Jim Valvano, Saunders serves on the board of directors for The V Foundation for Cancer Research and is actively involved in many of the organization's fundraising events and initiatives.

WARREN SAPP � One of the most feared defensive linemen of his generation, for 12 years Warren Sapp struck panic into the hearts of NFL quarterbacks. However he also possesses an engaging and colorful personality that entertains and delights both the casual sports fan and serious sports enthusiast. In 1995 Sapp was a first round draft pick. During his stint in the NFL, he spent eight years as a starting defensive tackle with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before signing and spending four years with the Oakland Raiders in 2003. His numerous prestigious football honors include being selected eight times for the pro bowl, between the years 1997-2006. He was also named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1997, as well as being a Super Bowl Champion in 2002. Bringing a fresh perspective and unwillingness to hold back the punches, Sapp redefines the modern NFL analyst. Along with co-hosting "Inside the NFL," he serves as studio analyst and game commentator for The NFL Network.

JENN BROWN -- Through her many bold and electrifying experiences, TV personality Jenn Brown proves that there are always greater pursuits to unfold. Known for her carefree nature, this sports lover and extremist takes her viewers through the exciting world of sports and entertainment. From the Super Bowl to the red carpet, from film festivals to the X Games, from The World Series of Poker to celebrity events, she has spanned television's arena and has been seen on such networks as ESPN, CBS, NBC, E! Entertainment, CNN, ABC, CMT, the WB and HDNet. Recently Brown has signed on to be the new face on Showtime's "Inside the NFL." Being the only female correspondent on the show, she plans to lend a woman's perspective as she reports behind the scenes lifestyle pieces and live features from the studio.

"The Superstars" past winners include football stars Herschel Walker in 1987 and Jason Sehorn in 1998, decathlete Dave Johnson in 1993 and Olympic skier Bode Miller (who makes his return this year) in 2002.

"The Superstars" is produced by Juma Entertainment and Blue Entertainment Sports Television (BEST). Robert Horowitz, president, Juma Entertainment, Lewis Fenton, head of production, Juma Entertainment, Dennis Spencer, executive vice president, BEST and Michael Principe, managing director, BEST, are the executive producers.

  [june 2009]  


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