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Arif Hasan

Arif Hasan is the co-host of the Zone Coverage Football Machine and covers the Minnesota Vikings for TheAthletic.com. His work has been featured in the Star Tribune, LA Times, Forbes, Bleacher Report and MSNBC.


Luke Inman

Luke Inman is Zone Coverage’s resident NFL Draft guru. He’s an aspiring scout, draft aficionado and maestro of video breakdowns. He appears weekly on The Zone Coverage Football Machine.

Sam Ekstrom

Sam Ekstrom is a Zone Coverage editor and staff writer, covering the Minnesota Vikings and Gophers men’s basketball team in addition to hosting the Zone Coverage Football Machine podcast. He broadcasts local high school sports and has previously served as a radio host at 105 The Ticket. Proud Dordt graduate.

Brandon Warne

Brandon Warne covers the Twins for Zone Coverage, and has had his work featured in numerous places across the United States. Locally, Warne’s work has appeared at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, 1500 ESPN and Go96.3 for writing and audio, and he’s also had written work appear on Baseball Prospectus, Fangraphs and cited in the Los Angeles Times. Warne lives in the outer Twin Cities suburbs with his wife, Amanda. Listen to his podcast “Midwest Swing.”

Tom Schreier

Tom Schreier is a co-founder of Zone Coverage and has previously written about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014. He previously co-hosted The Wake Up Call with Sam Ekstrom and Nic Hallett on Sunday mornings from 8-11 a.m. and was a frequent guest on The Bob Sansevere Show and Radioactive Sports with Mike Morris and Ben Holsen on weekday afternoons.

Nic Hallett

Nic Hallett is a Zone Coverage editor and writer, who specializes in Minnesota United FC coverage. He has previously covered sports for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Big Ten Network.


Ben Remington

Ben Remington is the co-host of the Giles and the Goalie podcast. He previously has been a Wild and Twins blogger, having written for several different sites since 2014. His parents are very proud of him. Ben also enjoys cooking, professional wrestling and imagining if he were a stand-up comic.


Giles Ferrell

Giles Ferrell is a Minnesota Wild/Hockey writer for Zone Coverage. He has been writing about the Minnesota Wild and hockey in general since 2011 when he started a little blog and has worked his way up the ranks ever since. In addition to his writing, Giles can be heard on his podcast – Giles and the Goalie – which airs weekly on Zone Coverage. He was also once dubbed ‘King Blogger’ by Michael Russo and remains very proud of that title.


Heather Rule

Heather is a freelance sports reporter and blogger covering everything from the Minnesota Wild to high school sports to IndyCar racing. She’s also a social media guru for MLB. She has a background in news reporting but can usually be found watching/tweeting about sports. She’s a journalism graduate from the University of St. Thomas.


Dane Moore

Dane Moore is Zone Coverage’s Minnesota Timberwolves Staff Writer. He has been covering the Wolves since 2016 for 1500ESPN and SB Nation. Follow his podcast work on The Dane Moore NBA Podcast.

Mitchell Hansen

Mitchell Hansen

Mitchell has been around sports his entire life. Growing up watching Kevin Garnett bang his head against the basket stanchion in his No. 21 Wolves jersey and yell like a crazy person, Mitchell quickly became a basketball junkie. He comes to Zone Coverage with over five years of experience in journalism, communications and digital fields, including three years at a newspaper covering various sports teams and a year-plus stint covering the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx as the organization’s Web Editorial Associate.


David Naylor

David Naylor is a contributor to the coverage of the Minnesota Timberwolves at Zone Coverage. His writing on the Wolves has previously appeared at SB Nation’s Canis Hoopus, and he has traveled to several cities across the country to report on the Timberwolves before recently becoming a Minnesota resident for the first time.