Chicago-based 120 Sports, an all-digital sports network set to launch this spring, named its starting lineup Wednesday.
Former ESPN anchor Michael Kim is the headline hire for the new 24/7 streaming network, a partnership between Sports Illustrated publisher Time Inc. and Silver Chalice, a Chicago-based digital sports media company led by Bulls and White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.
The network has teamed with the NHL, NBA and MLB.com to offer video-driven sports reports in two-minute segments for online and mobile viewing. Silver Chalice will oversee production and business operations from a new custom-designed facility at Harpo Studios on the Near West Side.
Other hosts include former NFL players Bryant McFadden and Ovie Mughelli, former Washington TV sports reporter Dave Ross and former Northwestern basketball player and Big Ten Network analyst Tim Doyle. Studio programming will run live for about half the day, according to a network spokesman.
“We searched long and hard to hand-select the right team of talent to bring a new style of sports conversation to fans on all of their favorite digital platforms,” Jason Coyle, president of 120 Sports, said in a statement. “Each of our talent brings, not only, skills, experience and credibility, but their passion as sports fans to the audience every day.”
Update reporters include former Fox Sports “Barfly” co-host Alex Schlereth and Laura Britt. Additional hires will be announced before the launch, according to the network.