Details on Cari Champion Taking Over as Host for SportsNation

Michelle Beadle is on her way to NYC to be co-host (aka real star) of Mike Greenberg’s show “Get Up” and that left a void on Sportsnation that will be filled by Cari Champion.

ESPN announced today that Cari Champion will make her SportsNation debut, joining co-hosts Marcellus Wiley and LZ Granderson, beginning March 12. Champion replaces longstanding host Michelle Beadle, who will move to New York to join Mike Greenberg and Jalen Rose on ESPN’s new morning show, Get Up.

SportsNation is a brand the company cares for deeply, and I’m excited to join a well-regarded show and also show another side of me,” said Champion. “As the only woman on the show, I’ve already let the guys know I’m going to bring the heat. This is an exciting time and I’m looking forward to the support from all involved! Teamwork makes the…you get the point.  Cheers!”

Added, Richelle Markazene, SportsNation coordinating producer: “Michelle Beadle has been the significant driving force in SportsNation’s popularity and success and it is very difficult to say goodbye to her, but Cari Champion is one of the most talented personalities at ESPN and we are thrilled to have her on the SportsNation team. Cari will bring a new approach and energy to the show and we are excited to begin this new era of SportsNation with her.”