×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

ESPN’s Cut Talent Could See Big Rebounds at Other Outlets

The latest corporate restructuring at ESPN has flooded the sports media market with some very recognizable talent.

When Walt Disney’s sports media juggernaut pink-slipped 100 anchors, writers and analysts last week, it made available some of the medium’s most durable names: “SportsCenter” stalwarts, veteran baseball and hockey beat writers and masters of long-form sports storytelling. ESPN has positioned the move as one made to focus on personnel who fit a lineup devoted to personality-driven “SportsCenter” broadcasts and digital-video projects built around them.

But the network doesn’t operate in a vacuum. There are scads of competitors — Fox Sports 1, NBCSN, CBS Sports Network, cable networks operated by the major sports leagues and sports sites like The Ringer, the sports and culture site under the aegis of former ESPN star Bill Simmons — that could provide a welcome home for those let go.

Below we look at a few of the people leaving ESPN and ponder where they might go:

Jay Crawford: ‘SportsCenter’ anchor; age, 51 (top left)

ESPN diehards may remember Crawford from his time hosting “Cold Pizza,” the ESPN2 morning show that evolved into “First Take.” His ability to mix sports news with a lighter take on events would make him a reliable host at a number of venues.

Jayson Stark: Baseball writer; age, 65 (top middle)

A former reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Stark enjoys the sort of national reputation for big-league coverage that seems to be fading from sports media. His perspective would lend credibility to a radio broadcast or sports network. Might MLB Network want him in its lineup?

Ed Werder: NFL writer; age, 56 (top right)

This 17-year ESPN vet has a deep knowledge of the Dallas Cowboys and was a regular contributor to “SportsCenter” and “Monday Night Countdown.” His nearly 210,000 Twitter followers show his popularity among pigskin fans. He could carry the ball for the NFL Network.

Jaymee Sire: ‘SportsCenter’ anchor; age, 37 (bottom left)

Known most recently as host of the revamped morning edition of “SportsCenter,” this TV news veteran has extensive experience as a sideline reporter for the Oakland A’s, the Golden State Warriors and the Little League World Series.

Britt McHenry: Reporter; age, 30 (bottom middle)

Washington D.C.-based McHenry was at the center of an odd viral incident in which a video of her berating a towing lot employee sparked attention on social media. Could Fox Sports benefit by creating a comeback story for her?

Steve Delsohn: Reporter; age, 59 (bottom right)

This veteran sports scribe has contributed to ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” where his work won a Peabody Award. Delsohn has several in-depth books to his credit, including The New York Times best-seller “Out of Bounds” with NFL great Jim Brown and “Talking Irish: The Oral History of Notre Dame Football.” Delsohn said in a brief interview via Twitter that he was starting to figure out his next steps. Perhaps Sports Illustrated or a sports news outlet keen on long-form investigations could make use of his talents.

More TV

  • Grime Star Stormzy Joins Upcoming BBC

    Grime Star Stormzy Joins Roc Nation Exec Produced BBC Drama ‘Noughts & Crosses’

    “Noughts and Crosses” just added another musical heavy hitter with grime supremo Stormzy set to star in the adaptation of the Malorie Blackman novels for the BBC. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation is already on board and will exec produce, as will Participant Media. Stormzy has an on-screen role and will play Kolawale, a newspaper editor and [...]

  • Cineflix Alum Launches New Banner Fugitive,

    Cineflix Alum Launches New Banner Fugitive, Tees Up Alex Gibney, Yolanda Ramke Shows

    Anthony Kimble, formerly of Cineflix, National Geographic, and Viacom’s Channel 5, has launched Fugitive and will develop, finance, and exec produce drama and unscripted TV through the new banner. Its first projects include “Uncanny Valley: The Truth About Thinking Machines,” which comes from producers Topic and Jigsaw. A series about A.I. and the future of [...]

  • Cineflix Rights Scoops Icelandic Political Series

    Cineflix Rights Scoops Icelandic Political Series 'The Minister'

    Cineflix Rights, a leading U.K. content distributor, has acquired “The Minister,” the anticipated political drama series headlined by Icelandic star Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”). Produced by the Icelandic company Sagafilm, “The Minister” centres on Benedikt Ríkhardsson (Ólafsson), a populist politician who becomes Iceland’s Prime Minister. However, Benedikt is suffering from [...]

  • WGA Authorizing Managers, Lawyers to Make

    WGA Authorizing Managers, Lawyers to Make Deals if Agents are Fired

    The Writers Guild of America has authorized managers and lawyers to negotiate deals for writers in place of agents — if the guild tells members to fire their agents on April 7. The guild’s negotiating committee notified members of the plans in a message Wednesday. The WGA and the Association of Talent Agents having made [...]

  • Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna'Jane

    Rachel Bloom on the 'Beautiful Mystery' of the 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Series Finale

    While four seasons of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” have explored musical genres from boy bands to country, the one type of music series co-creator and star Rachel Bloom admits the show will not explore before the end is Rebecca’s own style. “Basically the idea is that part of the music in her mind is her looking inside [...]

  • Netflix's Lisa Nishimura Named Indie Film,

    Netflix's Lisa Nishimura Named Indie Film, Documentary Features Head

    In the wake of Bela Bajaria’s recent move to lead Netflix’s international non-English original TV series, the online streamer is shuffling its leadership team to more clearly distinguish between development of its English and non-English language content. As a result, Netflix has elevated Lisa Nishimura to vice president of independent film and documentary features, a [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content