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Popular presenter for Kilimanjaro Bowl tie

23rd April 2011
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Popular broadcaster Mike Carlson will call all the action from the Sheikh Amri Abeid Memorial Stadium in Arusha when Tanzania hosts the first game of college American Football to be played on the African continent on May 21.

Established United Kingdom’s Carlson will provide commentary in the booth alongside a Swahili translator and former Notre Dame star Reggie Brooks.

The historic and unique game between Drake University from Iowa and the CONADEIP All Stars from Mexico will be broadcast live across the African continent and beamed to countries around the world by ITV (Independent Television Ltd), the largest private TV network in Tanzania.

The game kicks off at 1pm local time (US ET +7 hours).

Carlson is the regular studio analyst for American football on Channel Four and the BBC in the United Kingdom and currently commentates on Arena Football League games for Eurosport.

The Connecticut native, who is now based near London, is also the studio analyst for the BBC's coverage of the Super Bowl and the annual NFL International Series regular season game played at Wembley Stadium, where he has worked alongside NFL greats Rod Woodson, Jerry Rice, and Tiki Barber.

Carlson has covered a variety of sports on television, including baseball, basketball, ice hockey, lacrosse and soccer.

He played tight end on Wesleyan University's undefeated Lambert Cup winning football team, and was also a lacrosse teammate of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

"I am delighted to be helping to spread the appeal of American football across Africa," said Carlson. "For many years I have explained the game to audiences new to the sport, so look forward to helping those watching for the first time to understand the play on the field.

"This is certain to be an intriguing and exciting game and I look forward to being part of a unique multi-lingual broadcast. It will be the first time my words have ever been translated into Swahili and I'm hoping we will be able to entertain this diverse audience in both languages."

Former Notre Dame running back Reggie Brooks will be among the studio guests for the live telecast and will offer color commentary alongside Carlson. Key elements of their broadcast will be translated into Swahili for the benefit of the Tanzanian audience.

Brooks played under former Irish head coach Lou Holtz from 1989-92 and earned second-team All-America status and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting after a stellar senior campaign in 1992.

He remains quite visible throughout the Notre Dame record books as his career average of 7.6 yards per rush is still a school record, while his 1,372 yards rushing in '92 rank third-best in single-season school history.

He played four seasons in the National Football League, predominantly in Washington (1993-95), after the Redskins selected him in the second round of the '93 NFL Draft (45th overall pick).

The spectacular Kili Bowl event includes a three-day service project to benefit area orphanages, and features both teams also climbing the imposing 19,341 feet high Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Arusha Hotel will serve as host for the Drake Bulldogs, media and game officials, while the Kibo Palace Hotel is hosting the CONADEIP Mexico official party.

Kilele Savane Ltd of Arusha is handling all local transport; safari coordination and the Kili climb operations.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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