Jay Crawford Debuts at Noon ET, John Buccigross Moves to 11 p.m.
ESPN2 First Take host Jay Crawford (debuts at noon ET) and John Buccigross(moves to 11 p.m.) will have new assignments in the anchor lineup of ESPN’s flagship news and information program SportsCenter effective Monday, July 9.
Crawford will co-host the 12-3 p.m. SportsCenter with Chris McKendry. He replaces Buccigross, who becomes part of the 11 p.m. rotation which includes Scott Van Pelt, Steve Levy, Stuart Scott, Linda Cohn and Robert Flores. Buccigross will also become the voice of ESPN’s NCAA Frozen Four coverage.
“We’re always looking to improve our shows in both content and delivery, and this is yet another example of SportsCenter’s constant evolution to accomplish those goals,” said Mark Gross, Senior Vice President & Executive Producer, Production. “John’s personality in describing highlights will add to our late-night depth, while Jay provides a familiar face in a new role for mid-day viewers of our networks.”
Buccigross, who joined ESPN as an ESPNEWS anchor in 1996, will do play-by-play for the NCAA Frozen Four starting with the 2013 tournament in his hometown of Pittsburgh (he’s previously called regionals games since 2006). He will also continue to write his hockey column on ESPN.com.
Crawford joined ESPN in August of 2003 as a co-host of ESPN2’s weekday morning show Cold Pizza, which in May 2007 was rechristened ESPN First Take. Plans for Crawford’s First Take replacement are currently in progress.
General ESPN SportsCenter Anchor Lineup Effective July 9
9 a.m.: Kevin Neghandi & Hannah Storm
- Noon: Chris McKendry & Jay Crawford
- 6 p.m.: Jay Harris & John Anderson
- 11 p.m.: Scott Van Pelt, John Buccigross, Steve Levy, Stuart Scott,
Linda Cohn, Robert Flores (two nightly)
- 2 a.m.: Neil Everett & Stan Verrett