ESPN is trying to revamp that countdown show again.
It looks like they will lean on Stephen A. Smith, Mike Wilbon, and possibly Magic Johnson. That would be a lot of star power, but I don’t know if it is a great mix for a pregame and halftime show.
According to NY Post via Awful Announcing, one person who won’t be returning is Jay Williams.
According to the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand, analyst Jay Williams will no longer be on the program. Williams, previously a college basketball analyst for ESPN, had been part of the studio team since 2019.
Jalen Rose spot is also looking shaky, but Rose has many outlets to get his message out there.
In other news, it appears Michelle Beadle is ready to get back into the media mix, according to Front Office Sports.
Look for Beadle to explore the independent path of other talents who’ve left ESPN, said sources. They include Bill Simmons, who founded The Ringer, Jemele Hill, who launching her own podcast network with Spotify while writing for The Atlantic, Josina Anderson, who recently joined USA TODAY as an NFL Insider, or Kenny Mayne and Trey Wingo, who’ve entered the lucrative sports betting space as analyst/brand ambassadors for Caesars.
Beadle could also rejoin her former ESPN boss John Skipper, Hill and former colleague Dan Le Batard at Meadowlark Media. Or the longtime wrestling fan could contribute to the WWE, with former boss and “SportsNation” creator Jamie Horowitz.
In other words, Beadle has a lot of options.
Flip the page for Stephen A. Smith speaking on taking over ESPN.