- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Heather Cox will be the sideline reporter on NBC’s new “Thursday Night Football” package.

Cox is joining NBC Sports Group after 22 years at ESPN, where she was the sideline reporter for ABC’s “Saturday Night Football” and the college football title games.

Cox has worked with NBC before at the last three Summer Olympics, where she was the reporter for beach volleyball. She will be the reporter for indoor volleyball at next month’s Rio Games, covering the sport she played in college and professionally.

NBC said Wednesday that Cox will also report on some events for Golf Channel in the new position, among other assignments.

NBC and CBS are each broadcasting five games this fall under the NFL’s new Thursday night contracts. This will be Cox’s first time working NFL games.

Cox also covered the NBA, WNBA and college basketball, among other events, at ESPN. ESPN had announced in May that Samantha Ponder would be the sideline reporter for “Saturday Night Football” this fall.

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