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NBC Sports ready for Michelle Beadle’s new show

The reasons NBC Sports Group considered it a coup to pluck Michelle Beadle away from ESPN in May were established well before her new daily program, “The Crossover,’’ premieres on the fledgling NBC Sports Network Monday evening.

Beadle looks the part of a network host but has the sharp wit of a buddy you’d want to hang out with during the big game. Her good-natured need­ling of her cohost during her three years on ESPN’s “SportsNation” occasionally accomplished the seemingly impossible: It made Colin Cowherd seem like a genuine person rather than a sports-talk antagonist programmed by the most ratings-obsessed ESPN execs.

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