There’s A New Competitor For NFL RedZone, And It Has The Best Host

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NBC’s Summer Olympics coverage will feature NFL RedZone-inspired whip-around coverage called “Gold Zone” with RedZone host Scott Hanson sliding in at the same position, the network claimed in a Wednesday press release.

Hanson will lead the coverage alongside his NFL Network colleague Andrew Siciliano, followed by closing coverage from NBC broadcasters Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, according to the release.

“Hanson, the celebrated host of NFL RedZone, will open each day’s coverage on Peacock. He has served as the host of NFL RedZone since its inaugural season in 2009, taking viewers through every touchdown and exciting moment live on Sunday afternoons to critical acclaim,” NBC’s press release read.

I love this move for NBC. Scott Hanson is an absolute legend. His 15 years of holding down the fort at RedZone have been a major part of my NFL fandom. He’s sharp, quick-witted, competent and knows how to keep things compelling. While I’m not necessarily the biggest Olympics guy out there, I will definitely be tuning in to this broadcast. (RELATED: ‘Absolutely Unprecedented’: ‘NFL RedZone’ Forced To Evacuate Live On Air)

Siciliano is great too. As a fixture of NFL coverage since the early 2000s, he brings a wealth of experience and the same sense of professionalism and capability that Hanson does.

Outside of my favorite sport, rugby, there’s not much in the Olympics that I care to watch. Basketball and hockey are obviously cool but there doesn’t seem to be as much hype surrounding this year’s games as in years past. But it will be pretty cool to watch whip-around coverage now. Going from the sickest kick in taekwondo straight into a bullseye in archery and then immediately shifting to a sick handball goal will, admittedly, be kind of awesome. It’s also perfect for the world’s increasingly sporadic attention span.