NBC makes decision on sideline reporter for new prime time Big Ten football package, per report
NBC and the Big Ten are rounding out their new broadcasting team, and have landed on Kathryn Tappen as the sideline reporter.
Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported the news as NBC begins its new prime-time package in the fall. Marchand added that he was in line to succeed Michele Tafoya as the “Sunday Night Football” sideline reporter. It was known in the industry, but there was nothing in writing, and instead Melissa Stark got that NFL job.
Tappen has worked a range of events for NBC, including the Olympics, Super Bowl, NFL Kickoff, Stanley Cup Playoffs and Final, Notre Dame Football and golf. Tappen hosts NBC Sports’ coverage of Notre Dame football and Peacock Sunday Night Football Final,
It’s been previously reported that Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge will lead NBC’s Big Ten booth, while Maria Taylor will head the studio.