Versus announces new weeknight lineup

Talk shows to help bring cabler more recognition

Versus has set a new lineup of talk-oriented weeknight programming to help better compete with ESPN’s studio shows.

As previously reported by Variety, sports business reporter personality Darren Rovell will host the half-hour “CNBC Sports Biz: Game On” at 7 p.m. Fridays. New series, which debuts Sept. 9, will focus on many of the off-the-field aspects of professional sports.

At 6 p.m. each weeknight beginning Sept. 8, “NBC Sports Talk” will include discussions on the day’s events. Show will be hosted by former Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic anchor Russ Thaler.

Also on Fridays, Sports Illustrated NFL writer and “Sunday Night Football” contributor Peter King will also host along with NBC-owned Pro Football Weekly website editor Mike Florio.

Versus will be rebranded as NBC Sports Group Jan. 2.