UFC coverage mainstays Karyn Bryant, Megan Olivi to branch out as NFL reporters for FOX

A couple mainstays in FOX Sports’ UFC coverage are branching out this fall.

FOX Sports UFC reporters Karyn Bryant and Megan Olivi will be working some NFL broadcasts for FOX this season, a FOX Sports official told MMAjunkie.

Bryant will make her debut Sunday at the Falcons’ home game in Atlanta against the Carolina Panthers. She’ll work the sidelines on the coverage team with play-by-play voice Dan Hellie and analyst Greg Jennings. The game airs regionally on FOX at 1 p.m. ET. She’ll then work Sept. 30 with Hellie and analyst Jeff Fisher for the Jaguars’ home game in Jacksonville, Fla., against the N.Y. Jets at 1 p.m. ET. On Oct. 14, she’ll be back in Atlanta for the Falcons’ game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Thom Brenneman and Chris Spielman.

“I am beyond excited to join the NFL on FOX team,” Bryant stated. “My dad used to coach Pop Warner (football), and I’ve loved the game since the days I stood on the sidelines with him as a kid. I am from New England, so I know a few things about great football. I’m looking forward to getting out from behind the anchor desk and onto the gridiron.”

Olivi will make her debut Sept. 23 in Houston for Texans’ home game in Houston against the N.Y. Giants. On the call for that game will be play-by-play voice Kenny Albert and analyst Ronde Barber. That game will air regionally on FOX at 1 p.m. ET. And Sept. 30, Olivi will be back with Albert and Barber in Oakland for the Raiders’ home game against the Cleveland Browns.

“I’m thrilled to be working on the NFL sidelines this season,” Olivi said. “It’s an exciting new opportunity in my sports reporting career. As a lifelong football fan, I’m honored to have the chance to be a part of the FOX NFL broadcast team.”

Announcements of additional games for Bryant and Olivi are expected for later in the NFL season.

Bryant regularly serves as FOX Sports’ UFC desk anchor for pre- and post-fight shows, as well as weigh-in events and the weekly “UFC Tonight” show on FS1. Olivi’s primary duty is as a backstage reporter for UFC events, though she has filled in as an anchor for pre- and post-fight shows in Bryant’s absence.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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