With The Spring League (TSL) set to kick off today, Thursday, May 6 on FS1, FOX Sports unveils its all-star broadcast lineup for the 2021 season. The announcement was made today by Judy Boyd, Senior Vice President, Production, FOX Sports.
FOX Sports lead college football analyst Joel Klatt, FOX NFL and college football analyst Brock Huard, FOX college football analysts Mark Helfrich and Petros Papadakis, and quarterback coach Jordan Palmer serve as TSL game analysts. They are joined in the booth by FOX Sports and Big Ten Network play-by-play announcers Kevin Kugler and Brandon Gaudin, as well as Alex Faust and Noah Eagle.
For the first time ever, TSL football will air on broadcast television, with six regular-season games as well as its championship matchup airing on FOX. The season’s remaining 18 regular-season games will air in prime time Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays on FS1 and FS2.
The 2021 TSL season begins with Faust and Palmer on the call for a doubleheader Thursday, May 6, on FS1 when the Alphas take on the Aviators at 7:00 PM ET, followed by the Conquerors vs. the Linemen at 10:00 PM ET.
The action continues when the Blues take on the Sea Lions Friday, May 7, at 9:30 PM ET on FS1. TSL makes its network television debut when the reigning champion Generals take on the Jousters Saturday, May 8, at 3:00 PM ET on FOX, with Kugler and Huard in the booth for both matchups.
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Klatt, a former record-setting University of Colorado quarterback is FOX Sports’ lead college football game analyst. In 2020, he also served on the network’s debut TSL coverage and provides analysis leading up to and during the NFL Draft.
NFL veteran quarterback Huard joined FOX Sports in 2019 as a college football analyst and expanded his role in 2020 to include a full slate of NFL matchups on FOX.
Former Oregon head coach Helfrich first joined FOX Sports as a college football game analyst in 2017. He returned to the network in 2020 after a stint as the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears.
Papadakis, a former University of Southern California football standout, has served as a FOX Sports college football analyst since 2004. A lifelong Angeleno, Papadakis hosts the popular “Petros and Money” radio show as well as “The Challenge” on KNBC in Los Angeles.
After seven years in the NFL, Palmer transitioned to the coaching business and has become a renowned quarterback coach for some of the NFL’s top talent, including Trevor Lawrence, Josh Allen, and Patrick Mahomes. He returns to the TSL booth for the second season.
Longtime broadcaster Kugler serves as a play-by-play announcer for the NFL on FOX in addition to college football and basketball duties with FOX Sports, Big Ten Network, and Westwood One radio.
Versatile play-by-play announcer Gaudin works across NFL, college football, and basketball properties for FOX Sports, Big Ten Network, and Westwood One. He also serves as the voice of EA Sports’ “Madden NFL” franchise.
Faust serves as the lead television play-by-play announcer of the Los Angeles Kings and handles play-by-play for the Tennis Channel as well as various FOX Sports college properties. He returns to the TSL booth for the second season.
Eagle is the radio voice of the Los Angeles Clippers and handled play-by-play for Nickelodeon’s first-ever broadcast of an NFL Wild Card Game in 2021. He also serves as an announcer for the Tennis Channel and contributed to FOX Sports’ coverage of the Jr. NBA Championships.
TSL’s 2021 season features eight teams competing in a six-week regular season from two hub markets. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis plays host to TSL’s North Division, consisting of the Conquerors, Aviators, Alphas, and Linemen. The South Division is headquartered in Houston and is comprised of the returning league champion Generals, Jousters, Blues, and Sea Lions.
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About The Spring League
The Spring League enters its fifth season in 2021 as the premier professional football development league in the United States and abroad. Founded by Brian Woods in 2017, the League consists of eight teams and serves as a platform for player development, a training ground for future NFL coaches and game officials, and an incubator for new technology. Since its launch in 2017, The Spring League has seen over 200 players signed by NFL and CFL teams. For more information, please visit: https://www.thespringleague.com/.