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Meet The Cast of Sports Plus Chicago...


Jeff Blanzy: (@BlanzyJeff) joins SportsPlusChicago as host after a 27 year career as sports anchor in local television.  Jeff began his on-air run in Lima, Ohio before jumping to the sports desk in Toledo, Ohio.  He then made the transition to Chicago and ABC, where he teamed with the #1 news show in town (WLS-TV). He was inducted into the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts Hall of Fame in 1999.  Jeff is originally from Dearborn, Michigan and played Div. I basketball at Niagara University where he graduated with a degree in Communications. For the past 4 years Jeff has been part of the DePaul University basketball game radio broadcasts where he serves as color analyst. Jeff has 2 children Paige 17 and Blake 16 and resides in the Chicago area.    


Email Jeff a question and if he reads it on the air we will send you a Sports Plus Tee Shirt.




Alex Brown: (@AlexBrown96) played college football for the University of Florida, where he terrorized QB's and still holds the single season and all-time sack records. He studied Business Management and Recreational Programming and was inducted into UF's HOF in 2012 and was a two-time First Team All-American. The Chicago Bears picked Brown in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft and he went on to play for 9 seasons (1 with the New Orleans Saints) and never missed a game.


He finished his career as the 4th leading sack artist in franchise history, behind only Dent, McMichael and Hampton. Alex has worked with NBC, CBS as well as Co-Hosting of The Dez Clark/Alex Brown Show and currently works for 120 Sports in Chicago. He also currently runs a youth training facility with Former teammates Jason McKie and Adrian Peterson at All Pro Sports Performance. He enjoys family time with his wife- Karimar and 3 kids Tony, Kaylen and Kennedy. He enjoys using his Bear Fame to help others through charity work.     


Email Alex a question and if he reads it on the air we will send you a Sports Plus Tee Shirt.




Shanon Lersch: (@ShanonLersch) Shanon is Co-Host with Jeff and Alex bringing you the best from the kitchen with Chef Mike Hernandez, fan interactions, promotions, as well as behind the scene events. Prior to joining Sports Plus Chicago, Shanon worked with Chicago Rush Arena Football, and was an on-air presenter for NOW SPORTs TV, Hong Kong's largest cable operator. 


As Captain of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls Dance Team, she represented the NBA in over 10 countries as a spokesperson. For 4 seasons she was a judge, choreographer, and dancer for a Chinese Dance Reality Show, "Dance Passion," helping to create one of China's first reality shows. 

As a professional print and runway model, she has traveled and worked in over 20+ countries and has been featured on the cover of SI magazine.  In 2008, she was named Miss Illinois USA. 


She is currently the DePaul University in-game entertainment director from where she holds a MA in Communications and Sociology. She is a big supporter of higher education and loves working with kids.




Mayra Leal: (@MayraJLeal), a prolific Los Angeles model and actress -- you may have seen her work in in major movies, TV, magazines, and portraits in notable corporate advertising campaigns. Mayra noticed the unique flow of the show worked very well last season. She says, “You may or may not be surprised to know that a lot of celebrities enjoy talking about sports and a lot of athletes like talking about the arts. You get a very unique perspective about your favorite personalities here that you won’t find anywhere else.”


Mayra brings new segments titled “Viva Las Vegas” where fans get to see Vegas beyond the famous strip with interviews from restaurant icon and one of the most eligible bachelors in the world, Nico Santucci. (@NicoSantucci) We also catch up with the owner of one of the most successful independent record labels nationwide, Brian Perera (@CleopatraRecord) at Mel’s Drive-In off the Sunset Strip in Hollywood.




Executive Chef Mike Hernandez was born in New York and grew up in Florida. His love for cooking began at home, where he was influenced by his Italian mother and grandmother and Puerto Rican father. He decided to turn his passion into a career at the age of 15 at a family-run pizza restaurant. He then moved on to work in various establishments including Macaroni Grill, Brio Italian Grill, PF Chang’s, and  John Rivers’ 4 Rivers Smokehouse, all in Orlando. In 2012, Chef Mike had the opportunity to relocate to the Midwest as Executive Chef at Zed451 in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

Chef Mike is excited to bring his culinary passion, talent, and experience to the town of Lockport, IL. At Embers Tap House, Chef Mike will be changing the menu seasonally, allowing guests to have culinary experiences that they may not get from other tap houses. You can catch him in action on Sports Plus Chicago SPORTS+FOOD!!! 

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About Sports Plus: (@SportsPlusShow) From the Producers and Writers of WAR OF ROCK starring Mark Slaughter, Rockin’ The Red Carpet with Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe, The Drew Pearson Show on FOX and A Bronx Tale with Chazz Palmenteri, comes the only Sports + Entertainment Show filmed before a live audience in Lockport, IL, Dallas, TX and New Orleans, LA and broadcast during New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, and Dallas Cowboys football season. Each month the show is complimented with a Sports Plus Magazine and appears on www.SportsPlusMagazine.com, where we upload the SPORTS+PLUS Music, Movies, Food, Cars and highlight charities after the show airs.  This formula has gained us national attention from NBC Sunday Night Football when they highlighted us during the game boosting or following online and helping us keep very loyal fans.


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About Sports Plus Chicago: (@SPlusChicago) Join Host Jeff Blanzy (ABC Sports) and Alex Brown (Chicago Bears) each week as they break down Bears football games and go beyond the Xs and Os with Mayra Leal (Actress/Model) for the latest in entertainment with exclusive one on one interviews. Get on board in Chicago now for the Bears 30th Anniversary Shows being filmed all year round in and around the Chicago Region. The show kicks off with Dan Hampton and crew on September 12th, 2015 at Embers Tap House in Lockport, IL. Entering our second season, we are proudly brought to you by Bettenhausen Auto (@OnePriceDodge), the highest rated dealership in Illinois!  Bettenhausen is a family owned and operated business where their motto is "zero hassles, zero haggles, zero sales people, and ALWAYS one low price!"  Michael and Troy, and their friendly staff are always available to help you find exactly what you need...   


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