DAZN has hired Adnan Virk to host the company’s Major League Baseball programming. Virk will host the weeknight edition of the upcoming nightly MLB show ChangeUp, a live whip-around program which will debut on Opening Day as the cornerstone property of DAZN’s three-year partnership with MLB.
Virk brings nearly two decades of studio hosting experience to DAZN as the streaming network begins its initial entry into live daily programming. The Canadian-born broadcaster began his career at TSN in 1998 as a producer before eventually spending seven years with The Score in Canada where he hosted several programs for the 24-hour sports network. In 2010, Virk joined ESPN as a studio host for numerous award-winning programs such as Baseball Tonight, SportsCenter and Outside the Lines.
“This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter in my career,” said Virk. “The vision DAZN has for ChangeUp and its future programming goals made this an easy decision and I look forward to working with all of the talented people involved to develop a can’t-miss show for baseball fans.
“I have covered nearly every sport imaginable but my time hosting Baseball Tonight remains the fondest of all those amazing experiences. Combining America’s pastime with the new frontier of sports streaming presents an excellent opportunity to create something fresh and unique.”
ChangeUp is a seven-day-a-week MLB series that will deliver every big play, every single day. The show will seamlessly whip around live MLB games to showcase the most crucial plays, with instant analysis and a fresh perspective. The series will premiere Opening Day (Thursday, March 28) with a special afternoon edition at 1 p.m. ET as the first games of the 2019 MLB season begin around the league. The weeknight edition of ChangeUp, hosted by Adnan Virk, will debut each evening at 7 p.m. ET and conclude after the final pitch of the evening.
In November 2018, Major League Baseball and DAZN agreed to a three-year live digital rights partnership in the United States, marking the streaming network’s first offering among the four major American sports leagues.
“Bringing Adnan on board is a huge win for DAZN and sports fans alike,” said Logan Swaim, ChangeUp Executive Producer. “He loves baseball and effortlessly weaves intelligent commentary with pop culture. We’re lucky to have him and can’t wait to get started.”
More details on ChangeUp, which will be co-produced by MLB and DAZN at MLB Network’s studios in Secaucus, New Jersey, will be announced soon.