Wolfe and Mayock to team for preseason games
Ari Wolfe (bio) and Mike Mayock (bio) will work with FSN North sideline reporter Ann Carroll for games Aug. 10 against St. Louis, Aug. 25 against Seattle and Aug. 30 against Dallas. The Vikings’ Aug. 17 game against the Jets will be a broadcast nationally on FOX.
Wolfe has connections to coach Brad Childress having handled the preseason television schedule for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005. Mayock is also in tune with the direction Childress and ownership have charted for the organization in 2007 and beyond.
“I'm truly looking forward to the opportunity of working with the Vikings organization,” Wolfe told Mike Wobschall of Vikings.com. “The Wilf family runs a top-notch organization and I was thrilled to be asked to take part in producing an A+ product during the preseason.”
“I've really liked the Vikings last couple of drafts and I think they have a talented bunch of young players,” Mayock explained when asked what was appealing to him about calling Vikings games this preseason. “I'm excited about their progression and I have a lot of respect for coach Childress. I think he's doing things the right way in Minnesota.”
The Vikings hand-picked the new team to represent them on the air during the preseason.
“Mike has done an excellent job covering college football and the NFL draft during his career, especially with the NFL Network,” Vikings Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Steve LaCroix said. “Mike's expertise in that area combined with the young, talented crop of players on the Vikings roster gives him a great perspective on our team and we look forward to the insight he can provide our fans during the preseason broadcasts.”
“Ari's versatility and vast experience as a broadcaster makes him a great complement to Mike,” LaCroix added. “I look forward to Ari's call and I anticipate the fans will enjoy what he can bring to the broadcast.”
In 2006, Wolfe completed his fourth season as an NFL sideline reporter for FOX. Since 2002, Wolfe had been doing play-by-play of NFL Europe broadcasts on FOX Sports and the NFL Network. He also serves as a play-by-play announcer for national broadcasts of NCAA football games on the Sports USA Radio Network.
A native of Madison, Wisconsin, now living in Philadelphia, Wolfe graduated from Emory University in 1994 and received his M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Southern California in 1997.
Mayock, a former defensive back for the New York Giants, has established himself as a respected college and NFL announcer and analyst through his work for ABC Sports, CBS Sports, ESPN and FOX Sports Net.
Mayock, 45, was selected in the 10th round of the 1981 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but suited up for the Giants from 1982-84. He is a member of the Boston College Hall of Fame, where he starred in football and received a Communications degree.