Shannon Sharpe will be spreading his wings beyond debating Skip Bayless next week. Fox Sports says Sharpe will be covering the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show next week.
Sharpe will be part of FS1’s coverage of the WKC Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday, February 12 and 13. He’ll be a floor reporter for the daytime portion on Nat Geo Wild on both days, then he’ll be reporting on what Fox calls “the human side of the nation’s top canine event” in primetime.
It’s all part of three days of coverage of “Westminster Week” from the Masters Agility Championship, which will air on Fox on Sunday, February 11 from 2-4 p.m. ET, to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Nat Geo Wild and FS1 Monday and Tuesday. Nat Geo Wild will air the daytime breed judging, while FS1 will carry the group competitions and Best in Show category.
Chris Myers and Gail Miller Bisher will call the primetime portion with Sharpe and UFC reporter Karyn Bryant serving as reporters. Jenny Taft will be the host of the event.
Also joining coverage will be Kristine Leahy from The Herd. She’ll be a correspondent for the evening portion and a floor reporter for daytime like Sharpe.
Fox is certainly pulling out all the stops for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show by providing three days of programming on three different networks, and is also beating the corporate synergy drum by adding Sharpe and Leahy to its coverage.
In moving to the Fox networks from NBCUniversal last year, the event lost 400,000 viewers, but with more promotion and (potentially) more crossover appeal with Sharpe and Leahy in the fold, Fox is banking on those numbers increasing this year.