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Cari Champion serves as a field reporter on the new athletic competition series, The Titan Games.
In September, Champion returned to ESPN’s flagship daily sports news studio show, SportsCenter to co-anchor the noon ET Coast to Coastedition from Los Angeles, along with Connecticut-based David Lloyd. Champion was originally named SportsCenter anchor in July 2015, and in February 2016 she was named co-anchor for SportsCenter Coast to Coast. The show came to a close in March 2018, but has since been revived.
Prior to her most recent role on SportsCenter, she served as co-host of SportsNation, ESPN’s fun and energetic afternoon show. Champion joined LZ Granderson and numerous guests to discuss the day’s hottest and weirdest sports topics in 30-minute episodes.
In addition to her role at SportsCenter, Champion hosts a weekly podcast with espnW, “Be Honest with Cari Champion,” where she takes an honest look at the world of sports and pop culture with the help of outspoken guests.
Previously, Champion also served as host of ESPN2’s First Take, where she shared the debate table with featured commentators Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith and moderated their debate topics while offering her perspective and insight.
Before her time at ESPN, Champion was an anchor and courtside reporter at the Tennis Channel. Additionally, she served as an entertainment/lifestyle reporter doing features for The Insider, Hollywood 411, and Starz Entertainment.
As a broadcast journalist and host, Champion also worked across the country covering network news, entertainment and sports stories of national interest for ABC, CBS, NBC and other cable networks.
Liam McHugh serves as commentator on the new athletic competition series, The Titan Games, as well as hosting some of NBC Sports’ most high-profile properties and events, including Football Night in America, the NHL, Notre Dame football, and the Olympics.
Since 2010, McHugh has served as the lead studio host for NHL Live, the pre- and post-game studio show that airs prior to and after NHL telecasts throughout the regular season, Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Stanley Cup Final. In August, McHugh was named on-site host for Football Night in America. McHugh also hosts NBC’s Notre Dame football coverage including the pre-game show, Countdown to Kickoff.
In addition, McHugh served as co-host of the Super Bowl LII pre-game show, and contributed to Sports Group’s coverage of the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, and the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He also contributed to NBC and NBCSN’s coverage leading up to Super Bowl XLVI and Super Bowl XLIX.
In 2011, McHugh demonstrated his talent and versatility by hosting numerous studio shows and live events for nearly every major sporting event that aired on Versus, since rebranded as NBCSN. In summer 2011, McHugh stepped into the role of host for NBCSN’s live daily coverage of the Tour de France. In the fall, he hosted NBCSN’s College Football Talk. Additionally, he hosted the network’s studio coverage of the Mountain West Conference.
McHugh began his career as a reporter for Newsday in New York. In 2004, he stepped in front of the camera for the first time as a sports anchor for WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, Ind., and then served as the sports anchor for KOKH in Oklahoma City from 2007-09 before joining Versus in 2010. McHugh was also a contributing writer and reporter for ESPN the Magazine for four years.
Alex "Goldenboy" Mendez
Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez serves as a commentator for The Titan Games.
Mendez comes from a tenured history in esports. His work and accomplishments can be seen across the entire industry. He is a desk host for Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch League and previously worked with Epic Games’ Fortnite Battle Royale, Cheddar TV, TBS’s ELEAGUE, Major League Gaming (MLG), Psyonix’s Rocket League Championship Series, 343 Industries’s Halo Championship Series, and Electronic Arts’ Battlefield series. Outside of esports, Mendez also commentated CEO X New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Before becoming a household name in esports, Mendez, a Bronx, N.Y., native, was a full-time social worker who competed in various action video games such as Halo, Call of Duty, and Gears of War in his free time. However, family is a focal point for Mendez and he eventually decided to step back from esports competition to focus on his marriage and job. He used this time to start making online content, as well as build up his local Bronx gaming community.
Mendez may have ended his time as a competitor, but he was nowhere near done with esports. Mendez received an offer a couple months later from MLG that would set him on his course to becoming one of the most sought-after talents in esports. Hired as a commentator for a small tournament, Mendez rose to the occasion when he was called upon unexpectedly to commentate the Call of Duty national championship at the last minute. Esports community reception was instantaneous, and it has been onward and upward ever since.
Mendez’s on-stage personality is shaped by his love of professional wrestling. He learned his storytelling style and the importance of entertainment value from the likes of Jim Ross and Michael Cole. In turn, he lends his expertise to help aspiring esports broadcasters find their voices. Outside of work, he has dreams to start a program to help inner-city youth improve their public speaking.