Amazon jumps into sports talk business with 12-hour lineup

In its ongoing bid to become a full-time esports destination, Amazon will have its own offering of morning-to-evening daily talk shows, The Post has learned.

While Amazon Prime Video has spent billions to be the exclusive home of “Thursday Night Football,” it has taken a more “moneyball” approach to its 8am-8pm schedule, which will feature some household names, but mostly Amazon Hopes are the further growth of junior staff.

The seven shows will be presented by various presenters including Cari Champion, Master Tesfatsion and Rennae Stubbs. “Sports Talk,” which airs free on Amazon Prime Video and its other audio and video platforms, will try to bitch a little as ESPNs and FS1s are hot all day. It will also seek to leverage Amazon’s global reach to talk about more than just American esports.

The shows will be produced in association with Sony’s Embassy Row, which was founded by Men in Blazers star Michael Davies, who is also executive producer of Jeopardy!

“We spoke a lot with Michael about it,” Marie Donoghue, vice president of global sports video at Amazon, told The Post. “We believe there is an opportunity for new emerging voices and a positive, uplifting attitude towards the sport.

Cari Champion will be the host "The Cari Champion Show" on Amazon Prime Video.
Cari Champion hosts “The Cari Champion Show” on Amazon Prime Video.
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“We dip our toe. We test and learn, but we are very excited about it.”

The shows do not contain highlights.

“We want to get the talent and the producers to take that approach and have deeper and more interesting conversations,” Donoghue said. “Nothing is set in stone so we will iterate and adapt, but that’s how we want to go out.”

Amazon’s platform is structured differently than a cable network, where there is a continuous lineup to fill out.

Rennae Stubbs (left), here with Serena Williams, will moderate "The power hour" on Amazon Prime Video.
Rennae Stubbs (left), here with Serena Williams, hosts “The Power Hour” on Amazon Prime Video.
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Master Tesfatsion will be the host "From the desk of Master T" on Amazon Prime Video.
Master Tesfatsion will host “From the Desk of Master T” on Amazon Prime Video.
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The schedule begins from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with “Bonjour Sports Talk” with hosts Madelyn Burke and Ben Lyons. “Bonjour Sports Talk” will be repeated from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. before “The Cari Champion Show” has its two-hour block. Champion is followed by two hours of “Sports Talk Game Breakers” with comedic duo Eitan Levine and Drexton Clemons, and then one hour each of “From the Desk of Master T” by Tesfatsion and “The Power Hour” by Stubbs. At 6:00 p.m., “The Greatest Hour Ever (GHOAT)” will highlight an hour from the daily program. At 7-8pm, The Backup Plan will have highlights from the previous shows and talk sports and pop culture with Hana Ostapchuk and Jason Spells. The shows will eventually all be available on demand.

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