(SUNRISE, FL) – FOX Sports Net Florida today announced the hiring of Mike Nabors as the North Florida reporter for the 11PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT. The new half-hour sports news show debuts July 17th. The announcement was made by Rod Mickler, FOX Sports Net Florida’s Senior Vice President and General Manager.
Nabors has spent the majority of his sports broadcasting career covering North Florida sports. Most recently, he has spent the past two years as a Sports Reporter/Anchor at WTLV (NBC) in Jacksonville. At WTLV, he has contributed to the station’s Jacksonville Jaguars pre and post game shows and is well known for his Sunday night sports segment titled “The Naborhood”, which spotlights local athletes every week. Since 1998, he has also served as a Sports Talk Host on WBWL “The Ball”, a local all sports radio station in Jacksonville.
Nabors may already be familiar to FOX Sports Net’s viewers, having served as field reporter for FOX Sports Net’s “Saturday Morning College Kickoff” show last year. He covered North Florida key college football matchups involving Florida State, Florida, Florida A&M, Bethune-Cookman and Jacksonville University.
Prior to moving to the Jacksonville area, Nabors was a well known local sports anchor in Tallahassee for over three years at two local television stations, WTXL (ABC) and WCTV (CBS). He began his sports broadcasting career in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at local television station WCFT (CBS). He is a graduate of the University of Florida.
“Mike’s vast experience covering North Florida sports is a great addition to the REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT. He has spent over 5 years covering the Gators, the Seminoles, the local high schools and from the beginning, the Jacksonville Jaguars,” noted Rod Mickler. “He knows what sports fans in Jacksonville, Gainesville and the Panhandle want and now they’ll be able to get it seven nights a week.”
Nabors joins recently announced Lead Anchor Ned Smith as a part of the 11PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT news team. Covering North Florida sports with Nabors will be videographer John Gardner who has covered North Florida sports for the past six years. Most recently, Gardner worked at WJXX (ABC) in Jacksonville as a photojournalist. Prior to joining WJXX, he held the same position at WTLV (NBC) in Jacksonville, WCJB (ABC) in Gainesville and News 5 (PBS) in Gainesville. He is also a graduate of the University of Florida.
All the reporting and news gathering for the 11PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT will be done locally, with teams of full-time reporters, correspondents and videographers located throughout the state, dedicated 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to covering Florida sports news.
The 11PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT will debut in Florida on July 17th and will be the place Florida sports fans turn every night for the most comprehensive look at the world of sports from a Florida perspective. The format provides for heavy emphasis on key local stories and will also include important national sports stories that impact Florida sports fans. The 11PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT will follow FOX Sports Net’s 10:00 PM NATIONAL SPORTS REPORT.
The show will be telecast live from FOX Sports Net’s 11PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT news center in Dallas, Texas, where Smith, as FOX Sports Net Florida’s anchor, will interact daily with Nabors and additional local sports news teams located throughout Florida. The vast resources within the state-of-the-art FOX Sports Net news center will allow FOX Sports Net Florida to bring Florida sports fans the most comprehensive coverage of national stories and highlights from around the country, in addition to the in-depth local coverage every night.
The new 11PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT initiative strengthens FOX Sports Net’s commitment to being the ultimate source for regional sports. The 11PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT will be immediately followed at 11:30 PM by The Last Word with Jim Rome.
More news and information regarding the July 17th launch of FOX Sports Net Florida’s 11PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT will be released in the coming weeks.
FOX Sports Net currently reaches over 3.8 million homes throughout Florida, including the home satellite dish market. FOX Sports Net’s programming includes Major League Baseball’s Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Devil Rays; the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers; the University of Miami, the University of South Florida and the University of North Florida; the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars; “Saturday Morning College Kickoff;” and much more.
FOX Sports Net reaches more than 70 million households nationwide. FOX Sports Net is a service of National Sports Partners, equally owned by Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., and FOX Entertainment Group.
FOX Sports Net Florida is a service of Rainbow Sports, a division of Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. Rainbow Sports has been dedicated to “Home Team” fans for nearly 20 years. Rainbow Sports incorporates all of Rainbow’s sports assets, including its 50 percent ownership of FOX Sports Net and FOX Sports National Advertising, the Madison Square Garden Properties, and the ownership and management of seven regional sports networks in six of the nation’s largest markets — Chicago, Florida, New England, New York, Ohio and San Francisco.