Michelle Beadle’s ‘SportsNation’ Moves To ESPN In New Contract

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Michelle Beadle has fostered a reputation as an acerbic but knowing observer of sports and culture during her various tenures on ESPN2’s “SportsNation.” Now, after two notable runs at the program’s helm, she and her team will move to flagship ESPN, the Walt Disney-owned sports-media outlet said Thursday.

 The Hollywood Reporter previously reported the move, which comes as part of a new multi-year deal signed between Beadle and ESPN.

Under terms of the pact, Beadle will join ESPN senior writer and Ramona Shelburne for their new national radio show called “Beadle & Shelburne.” The new radio show will premiere Feb. 14, airing between noon and 2 p.m. Eastern.

Beadle has long been seen as a key member of ESPN’s talent lineup, and with her contract expected to expire, speculation rose during the summer over whether she might stay, given that ESPN parted ways with top personnel like Bill Simmons, Keith Olbermann and Colin Cowherd. Her hire suggests the sports outlet will continue to strike deals where it can see a feasible return on investment as the operating environment for media companies becomes more challenging.

ESPN must fight for viewers and subscribers who are growing increasingly accustomed to gaining access to video entertainment on demand or via video streaming. What’s more, the network pays heady rights fees to show off its top draws, like Major League Baseball or “Monday Night Football.” Yet it has continued to strike deals with personnel: In July, ESPN negotiated a new pact with late-night “SportsCenter” team Neil Everett and Stan Verrett.

As part of the pact, Beadle and co-hosts Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley will all move to ESPN where “SportsNation” will air at 4 p.m. Eastern, helping to spark the network’s late-afternoon schedule. The show will run for half an hour on ESPN, as opposed to the hour it has had on ESPN2.

Beadle returned to ESPN in March of 2014, as host of “SportsNation,” her second turn on the program, which she had previously hosted with Colin Cowherd before leaving in 2012 to try her hand at both sports and entertainment programming at NBCUniversal. She has also worked for YES Network.

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  1. Clarence says:

    if a regular person miss a damn work he don’t get paid for these athletes I getting paid millions of dollars to play the game of basketball something that you love to play when do athletes start considering taking a day off of work when fans are paying to see them work acceptable LeBron James and all these great Superstars have got bigger than the game and it’s a shame

  2. Clarence says:

    Marcel Wiley the ex Buffalo Bills football player with that really happen on anything in his career don’t know anything about sports and I wish they’d just tell him to shut up

  3. Ronald Brown says:

    I agree with Joe Mama. Michelle Beadle has ZERO Talent and she is ANNOYING!!! Marcellus is doing a GREAT job all by himself, with guest…

  4. G says:

    Really hate that SN was cut down to only 30 minutes. It makes the show really boring without all the fun segments. Shows like “The Jump” should be discontinued because really after the season is over there will be no purpose of the show.

  5. Vinnie says:

    Please go back to an hour of SportsNation..I also agree with the others about getting rid of The Jump!!That show is horrible and the main host of “the jump” is annoying.She needs to go.Please.That’s not as important as you making SportsNation an hour again is,but it’s close!!I can always change the channel whenever “The Jump” is on,but I’d love to be able to tune back in for an hour of “SportsNation”

  6. Maxwell Marcellus says:

    The show needs an hour to perform all the segments that made us love it in the first place. So far, it’s not as good – which has nothing to do with the talent. The talent is GREAT, and they need “room” to do what they do. A half hour is almost disrespectful to us fans!

    • Ave says:

      Truth. Get rid of ‘The Jump’ and make sportsnation an hour again. I need to the hashtag and emoji game back!

  7. joe mama says:

    She is annoying, has zero talent, and slept her way to where she’s at. Good job espn.

  8. kaykay says:

    Beadlemania indeed.

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