NFL Network’s NFL AM Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary with New Talent & Increased Audience

New Hosts – Rhett Lewis & Erin Coscarelli

 LaVar Arrington Joins Show Full-Time Starting Saturday, August 2

 ‘NFL AM’ Up 5% in Ratings, 6% in Impressions & 10% in Viewers in 2014

On Wednesday, July 30, NFL AM turns two years old, and NFL Network’s daily morning show – and the only national show dedicated to America’s favorite sport – is celebrating its two-year anniversary with new talent and increased ratings.

New hosts Rhett Lewis and Erin Coscarelli – who each made their debuts on July 14 – join NFL Network analysts Eric Davis and LaVar Arrington to form the new NFL AM team.

The first show with Rhett, Erin, Eric and LaVar together is a special Saturday edition of NFL AM August 2 at 6:00 AM ET, the day in which the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class is enshrined in Canton, Ohio.

Rhett joins NFL AM after spending the past five years at WHDH in Boston as an anchor and reporter. During his time with the station, Rhett covered all four major pro championships (Super Bowl, NBA Finals, World Series and Stanley Cup Final), and five championships in total. A graduate for Indiana University, Rhett received a B.S. in Sports Broadcasting in 2005 and a M.S. in Sports Administration, and was a member of the Indiana University football team as a wide receiver. Rhett’s father, Dean Kleinschmidt, has been a head trainer in the NFL for 40 seasons – 31 with the New Orleans Saints, two with the Washington Redskins and the past seven with the Detroit Lions.

Erin joins NFL AM from Comcast SportsNet Bay Area where she served as an anchor and reporter, and appeared on the network’s signature show SportsNet Central, in addition to other studio shows. Prior to joining Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in May of 2014, Coscarelli was a sideline reporter for various networks such as Fox Sports West, Pac-12 Networks, NBC Sports Network and ESPN. A native of Los Angeles, Erin received a B.A. in Broadcasting in 2006 from the University of Southern California.

A seven-year NFL veteran and three-time Pro Bowl linebacker, LaVar joins NFL AM full-time after serving as a contributor during the 2013 NFL season. LaVar is relocating from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles and will appear in-studio.

In its first two years airing live on NFL Network every Monday – Friday from 6:00 – 10:00 AM ET (and re-airing from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET), NFL AM has experienced a steady increase in ratings, impressions and viewers. From January – June 2014, NFL AM is up 5% in US HH rating from 2013 and up 6% in HH impressions from 2013. Also, in the first half of 2014, NFL AM is up 10% in viewers from 2013 (58,765 to 64,813).

In addition to Rhett, Erin, Eric and LaVar, NFL Network analysts Terrell Davis, Jordan Babineaux, Steve Wyche and Mark Kriegel, and host Molly Qerim will continue to contribute to NFL AM throughout the week.



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