Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

ESPN Upfront: Network announces new shows, lineup for 2018

ESPN Upfront: Network announces new shows, lineup for 2018

Last but not least, the most surprising of the announcements from ESPN comes in the form of a new midday show (from 12:00 pm ET to 1:00 pm ET) that will be co-hosted by Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre.

"We do think that Mike Greenberg offers an excellent opportunity in the morning because he's been doing morning for 18 years and he's got a great sense of it", King said.

The popular and long-running "Mike and Mike" show on ESPN Radio, with co-hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, is coming to an end, the network announced.

But the writing was on the wall when Greenberg signed a huge new contract to remain at ESPN late previous year, reportedly one of the network's biggest at $6.5 million annually.

With SportsCenter ratings challenged, ESPN has been looking to differentiate its studio show hours, giving the hosts more leeway to personalize their programs.

The "Mike & Mike" split has been speculated about since January, when SI's Richard Deitsch first reported that ESPN planned to give Greenberg his own show. "Both men will bring new and interesting voices to our morning conversations and help to create a fresh fun show for our audience".

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The network also says Golic and Wingo have multiyear extensions to stay with ESPN. More details about the show will be announced at a later date.

The schedule also includes a program co-hosted by Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre.

"Let me be up front at this upfront", Skipper said at the Minskoff Theatre in NY. He will also continue writing for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com as well as regularly participate in ESPN's "The Basketball Analogy" podcast.

In an apparent effort to draw viewers to "SportsCenter", its crown jewel since 1979, ESPN has retooled the show, tying time slots to specific anchors, including Kenny Mayne, one of the network's best-known personalities.

Maria Taylor, Laura Rutledge to host "College GameDay", "SEC Nation": With Samantha Ponder of "College GameDay" succeeding Chris Berman as host of "Sunday NFL Countdown", ESPN said Taylor will join "College GameDay" and ABC's "Saturday Night Football".

The presentation included appearances from ESPN personalities Scott Van Pelt. Jones joined ESPN full time in 2013.

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