21 November 2000

NBC Names Matt Vasgersian XFL Play-by-Play Announcer

FOX Sports Net and Brewers Announcer Joins Jesse Ventura Reporters Adamle and Roggin Complete NBC's XFL Team Matt Vasgersian has been named NBC's play-by-play announcer for the network's Saturday night XFL broadcasts. Vasgersian, 33, will work alongside analyst Jesse Ventura. The announcement was made today by Dick Ebersol, Chairman NBC Sports.

Since 1997, Vasgersian has been the Milwaukee Brewers television play-by-play announcer. For the past year, he has hosted "Sports Geniuses," the sports trivia game show on FOX Sports Net.

"Matt Vasgersian is one of the best young talents I've seen in a long time," Ebersol said. "His enthusiastic and creative style and quick wit will be a great complement to Jesse's candor and fresh perspective. They will definitely keep the fans entertained."

Said Vasgersian, "I made it clear from the outset that if they were looking for a Ronnie Radio-type, I was the wrong guy. I'm really excited to be part of something that doesn't require cliched sports-speak at every turn. And I can't wait to give the governor a harrumph."

Mike Adamle and Fred Roggin will handle reporting duties on NBC's Saturday night XFL broadcasts. Adamle is the sports director at WMAQ, NBC's owned and operated station in Chicago and a seven-year NFL veteran. Roggin is the sports director at KNBC, NBC's owned and operated station in Los Angeles. Both were part of NBC's broadcast team for the Sydney Olympic Games.

"Never have reporters been more important than they will be on XFL broadcasts," said Ebersol. "With our 'all-access' approach, Mike and Fred will be called upon to bring viewers closer to the action by interviewing players and coaches during the games. They will add a great deal to the fan's experience each Saturday night."

NBC's XFL coverage will provide viewers with an "all-access backstage pass" through the use of cameras and microphones placed everywhere from the players and coaches themselves to the huddles and sidelines. Adamle and Roggin's in-game interviews will for the first time provide viewers with immediate insights from coaches and players on current game situations.

The XFL, which is co-owned and operated by WWFE, Inc. and NBC, begins its first season on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001. NBC will televise a weekly game in primetime each Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

The XFL's eight teams will play a 10-week regular season and a two-week playoff, culminating with the XFL championship game on April 21, 2001. XFL rule modifications - most notably its "no fair catch" rule - are designed to add excitement while encouraging offense.

The eight teams are: Birmingham Thunderbolts, Chicago Enforcers, New York/New Jersey Hitmen, Orlando Rage, Memphis Maniax, San Francisco Demons, Los Angeles Xtreme and Las Vegas Outlaws

Biography: Matt Vasgersian - XFL Play-by-Play Announcer

Matt Vasgersian will be NBC's play-by-play announcer calling the network's Saturday night XFL broadcasts alongside analyst Jesse Ventura. Since 1997, Vasgersian has been the Milwaukee Brewers television play-by-play announcer.
In addition to his past four seasons with the Brewers, Vasgersian also handled baseball on a national level as play-by-play on Fox Sports Net baseball Thursday and F/X baseball Saturday night. He also has been the host of "Sports Geniuses," a sports trivia game show that debuted on FOX Sports Net in March 2000. In addition, Vasgersian also hosts the "Toughman World Champions" series for FX.

Vasgersian began his play-by-play career in 1991 in Huntington, W. Va., where he worked for the Chicago Cubs Class-A affiliate. He rose through the minor league baseball ranks with stops in High Desert (Aldelanto, Calif. Home of San Diego's Class-A team) in 1992, El Paso, Texas (Double-A, Milwaukee) in 1993-94, Syracuse, N.Y. (Triple-A, Toronto) in 1995 and Tucson, Ariz. (Triple-A, Houston) in 1996.

In 1995, Vasgersian also teamed with Steve Lyons on the Baseball Across America Tour, calling minor league games of the week for ESPN2. Additional experience with ESPN2 included play-by-play work on both the Double-A and Triple-A All-Star Games in 1995 and the Triple-A All-Star Game in 1996.

He has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild since childhood. His acting credits include guest-starring roles in an episode of "The Streets of San Francisco" and the film "The Candidate" starring Robert Redford.

Vasgersian is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He is also the celebrity spokesman for the Variety Club, a children's charity group in Milwaukee.

Biography: Mike Adamle - XFL Reporter

Mike Adamle, sports director of WMAQ-TV, NBC's owned and operated station in Chicago, will be a reporter for the network's Saturday night XFL broadcasts.
After retiring from the National Football League after seven seasons, Adamle joined NBC Sports. From 1977-83, he hosted "SportsWorld," co-hosted the network's NFL pre-game show (1978-81) and handled a variety of assignments, including three Super Bowls. He also was the sideline reporter for ABC's coverage of the USFL in 1984. Adamle was a member of NBC's broadcast team for the Sydney Olympic Games.

Adamle was the sports anchor/reporter for WLS-TV/Chicago from 1983-89. From 1989-94, Adamle handled Wide World of Sports assignments for ABC, in addition to hosting "American Gladiators," a popular syndicated series.

Adamle came to WMAQ from ESPN2 where he hosted a college football studio show each Saturday during the season beginning in 1996. He also hosted The X-Games late night shows and "Destination Extreme" programming, along with the network's Pro Beach Volleyball and Special Olympics coverage. Adamle joined ESPN in 1994 as the cable network's lead sideline reporter on college football.

Adamle was a fourth-round draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs (1971-72) and also played for the New York Jets (1973-74) and the Chicago Bears (1975-77).

A 1971 graduate of Northwestern University and All-American fullback for the Wildcats, Adamle was also selected as the team's captain and voted Big Ten MVP his senior season (1970). He still holds four NU rushing records.

Adamle recently completed the Ironman triathlon in Hawaii. He and his wife Kim, have a daughter, Alex.

Biography: Fred Roggin - XFL Reporter

Fred Roggin, sports director for NBC's Los Angeles owned and operated station, KNBC, will be a reporter on the network's Saturday night XFL broadcasts.
Roggin is coming off his first Olympics for the network, where he served as a boxing reporter in Sydney. He also handled reporting duties during NBC Sports' coverage of the 2000 Olympic Boxing Trials. Roggin's nationally syndicated sports highlight show, "Roggin's Heroes," earned him a cult following and appearances on "The Tonight Show."

Roggin headed up KNBC's Olympic coverage from Los Angeles at the 1984 Games, and provided local reports for KNBC from Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992) and Atlanta (1996). He has also covered every major event from the World Series and NBA Finals to the Super Bowl and World Cup Soccer.

Roggin is a supporter of the Animal Sanctuary of Southern California. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Rachel, and five children.