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John Ourand covers television and media for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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Urlacher Leaves FS1, Says He Wants To Spend Time With Family

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 16 / 14

FS1 studio analyst Brian Urlacher has left "America's Pregame" and "Fox NFL Kickoff," effective immediately. His last show was Sunday. The former NFLer announced at the end of Sunday's show that he made the decision because he wanted to spend more time with his family. Urlacher joined FS1 before t...

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