DAZN has employed Adnan Virk to host its new nightly baseball present, ChangeUp, a reside whip-around program that may debut March 28, opening day of the 2019 MLB season.
Virk, who will host the weeknight version of the present, most just lately was with ESPN as a studio host for applications resembling “Baseball Tonight,” “SportsCenter” and “Exterior the Traces.” The Canadian-born broadcaster started his profession at TSN in 1998 as a producer earlier than ultimately spending seven years with The Rating in Canada.
“That is the start of an thrilling new chapter in my profession,” Virk mentioned in a press launch. “The imaginative and prescient DAZN has for ChangeUp and its future programming objectives made this a straightforward resolution and I sit up for working with all the gifted folks concerned to develop a can’t-miss present for baseball followers.
“I’ve coated practically each sport conceivable however my time internet hosting Baseball Tonight stays the fondest of all these wonderful experiences. Combining America’s pastime with the brand new frontier of sports activities streaming presents a superb alternative to create one thing recent and distinctive.”
ChangeUp is a seven-day-a-week MLB collection that may ship each huge play, each single day. The present will whip round reside MLB video games to showcase essentially the most essential performs, with immediate evaluation and a recent perspective. The collection will premiere with a particular afternoon version at 1 p.m. on March 28 as the primary video games of the 2019 MLB season start across the league. The weeknight version of ChangeUp, hosted by Virk, will debut every night at 7 p.m. ET and conclude after the ultimate pitch of the night.
In November 2018, Main League Baseball and DAZN agreed to a three-year reside digital rights partnership in the US, marking the streaming community’s first providing among the many 4 main American sports activities leagues.
“Bringing Adnan on board is a big win for DAZN and sports activities followers alike,” mentioned Logan Swaim, ChangeUp government producer. “He loves baseball and effortlessly weaves clever commentary with popular culture. We’re fortunate to have him and may’t wait to get began.”
DAZN is a sports activities streaming service that launched in 2016 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan earlier than debuting within the U.S. in September 2018. DAZN is the house of Canelo Alvarez and his promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, which agreed to a five-year unique partnership to stream Alvarez’s subsequent 11 fights, starting final December.
DAZN additionally options fights from Matchroom Boxing, the promoter of unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, plus former unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin, Bellator MMA, the World Boxing Tremendous Collection and Combate Americas.
DAZN’s programming is accessible on most related gadgets together with sensible TVs, smartphones, tablets and recreation consoles.
Exterior the U.S., DAZN subscribers can watch video games and unique programming from the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, EPL and UEFA Champions League, amongst others, relying on the locale. The sports activities streaming service provides MLB Community on the platform in Canada.
DAZN is a part of DAZN Group, guardian firm of Sporting Information.