USA TODAY's Steve Gardner notes Mike Tirico will "travel to Beijing to host NBC's Olympic prime time show," beginning on Thursday, Feb. 3 and running through Thursday, Feb. 10. The next day, he will fly 6,200 miles to L.A. and resume his "Olympic hosting duties on Friday night from a special set outside SoFi Stadium," site of Super Bowl LVI, which is on Feb. 13. Tirico will "continue his Olympic work on Saturday night," before hosting NBC's five-hour pregame show on Super Bowl Sunday and then returning to "anchor that night's Olympic coverage" (USA TODAY, 1/14).
BALLY SPORTS WEST'S LINEUP CHANGE: In L.A., Mike DiGiovanna notes Patrick O’Neal, who spent the previous eight years as host of the Angels’ pregame and postgame shows, will "move to the booth to serve as a part-time play-by-play announcer" for Bally Sports West's coverage of Angels' games. O’Neal will rotate with Matt Vasgersian, who returns for his second season as lead play-by-play announcer but is "unable to work full time because of his duties with MLB Network." O'Neal replaces Rich Waltz, who was "let go after last season." Former MLBer Mark Gubicza will return for his 16th season as Angels color commentator (L.A. TIMES, 1/14).