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Eric Shanks

Fox Sports copresident

The network best positioned to challenge ESPN will launch cable channels Fox Sports 1 and 2 in August, broadcasting from a blue-chip inventory that includes the NFL, MLB, NCAA football, NASCAR and international soccer. Heading this up are copresidents Randy Freer and his more visible frontman, 41-year-old Shanks, who last month made the risky move of announcing that popular broadcaster Gus Johnson would be groomed as the voice of the company's newly acquired World Cup 2018. (Here's hoping Gus grows into the gig.)
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