Prime Video Adds Taylor Rooks to Thursday Night Football as Feature Reporter
Rooks will present TNF features, sit-down interviews and more throughout the season
Prime Video’s first Thursday Night Football season kicks off Sept. 15 with the Chargers at the Chiefs
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NEW YORK – August 4 – Prime Video’s Thursday Night Football continues to add talented on-air and on-field talent to its roster, as the streamer announced today that Taylor Rooks will join the coverage as a reporter. Rooks will host features, sit-down interviews with players and coaches, and more throughout TNF’s pre, halftime and postgame shows.
“Taylor Rooks is an incredibly talented journalist, who has already established herself as one of the best interviewers in sports,” said Marie Donoghue, Vice President, Global Sports Video, Amazon. “We look forward to bringing her engaging and enlightening conversations to our Thursday Night Football coverage.”
“Words really can’t describe how excited I am to be joining Thursday Night Football on Prime Video,” said Rooks. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to delve into more NFL coverage through in-depth interviews and creative storytelling. Most importantly, I get to join a team of talented, forward-thinking individuals who are bringing something groundbreaking and exciting to the streaming space. As of south, soccer has been a passion of mine my whole life. The chance to merge my love of the sport with my love of innovation is truly a dream come true.”
In addition to her new role at TNF, Rooks will continue to work across Turner Sports programming and Bleacher Report, hosting Taylor Rooks X, Bleacher Report’s first show built around an individual talent. She was also nominated for an Emmy last year for “Outstanding Personality/Emerging On-Air Talent.”
Prior to Bleacher Report, Taylor served as a reporter and anchor for SportsNet New York (SNY), and hosted her own podcast, TimeOut with Taylor Rooks. She previously worked as a host and reporter for the Big Ten Network, as well as a sideline reporter for CBS Sports Network. A native of Georgia, Taylor attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she majored in broadcast journalism and reported on football and basketball recruiting for scout.com. She made national news with her stories and knowledge of basketball – especially in recruiting – and interned with the PGA TOUR, Comcast SportsNet Chicago and Fox Sports.
Rooks joins an all-star Thursday Night Football broadcast team that includes legendary play-by-play announcer Al Michaels, five-time Emmy-winning analyst Kirk Herbstreit, award-winning reporter Kaylee Hartung, Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, All- Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, NFL quarterback extraordinaire Ryan Fitzpatrick, NFL expert and top sports TV host Charissa Thompson, and recently announced contributors and Super Bowl Champions Andrew Whitworth and Aqib Talib. Fred Gaudelli, producer of seven Super Bowls and a recent Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee, will serve as the executive producer of Thursday Night Football’s game coverage. Multi-Emmy Award winners Mike Muriano and Spoon Daftary are the executive and senior coordinating producers of Thursday Night Football’s pregame, halftime and postgame coverage.
Beginning September 15, Prime Video will become the first streaming service to air a season-long exclusive national broadcast package featuring the NFL. The 11-year deal includes 15 regular season games and one preseason game per year, with Prime Video also delivering new pregame, halftime and postgame shows, as well as fan-favorite interactive features like X-Ray and Next Gen Stats powered by AWS. Viewers can stream from the web at amazon.com or using the Prime Video app, which is available on smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, game consoles and connected TVs. Each Thursday Night Football game will also stream live on Twitch and will be available on over-the-air television stations in the two home markets of the competing teams. For all the latest information on TNF on Prime Video, visit amazon.com/TNF and follow NFL on Prime on Twitter. To join Prime or start a free 30-day trial, visit amazon.com/prime.
Thursday Night Football Schedule:
Pregame coverage begins at 19.00. EDT. Kick off at 20.15. EDT.
Week 2 – September 15: Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO)
Week 3 – September 22: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns (FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH)
Week 4 – September 29: Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals (Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH)
Week 5 – October 6: Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos (Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, CO)
Week 6 – October 13: Washington Commanders at Chicago Bears (Soldier Field, Chicago, IL)
Week 7 – October 20: New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals (State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ)
Week 8 – October 27: Baltimore Ravens at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL)