Some of ESPN’s recent highly publicized layoffs of approximately 100 employees,
including dozens of on-air personalities,
were part of an effort to reshuffle their daytime television lineup and to save their flagship program, “SportsCenter.”
We now know more about what the new daytime ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN Radio schedules will look like, including a pair of new shows.
On Tuesday, ESPN announced several changes to their lineups. The most notable is the end of ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” which has been on the air for 17 years and is often cited as the show that laid the groundwork for most of the national sports radio we hear today.
Mike Greenberg will be moving to his long-rumoured new morning show on ESPN that will air weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.. While we don’t know the name of that show or many of the details, it is expected be something much more like “Good Morning America” or “Live with Kelly” — a traditional morning talk show, with some traditional “SportsCenter” elements sprinkled in.
According to ESPN, the new show will have “several full-time co-hosts and a rotation of various guests and expert contributors.”
Meanwhile, the other Mike, Mike Golic, will continue the ESPN Radio show with new co-host Trey Wingo, both of whom received multiyear extensions in the deal. That show will initially be simulcast on ESPN2, as “Mike & Mike” is now, before eventually moving to ESPNU. Mike Golic Jr. will also serve as a regular co-host for the first hour of the show.
The other new show will be an as-yet-to-be-named, hour-long talk show hosted by Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre. That show will air at noon on ESPN. Jones is currently a co-host for “Highly Questionable” which is expected to announce a new co-host. Torre is a regular guest on “Around the Horn” and a columnist for ESPN the Magazine.
Here is what the new early-day ESPN lineup will look like:
- 7 a.m. — New Mike Greenberg show
- 10 a.m. — “First Take”
- 12 p.m. — New Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre show
Meanwhile, Sage Steele has also signed a new extension and will host the morning “SportsCenter” from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN will also be adding “SportsCenter Right Now” segments to existing shows. These will be shown “multiple times per hour” and will be brief “up-to-the-minute” news updates, similar to the “SportsCenter” updates already heard on ESPN Radio.
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