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First Take Continues Three-City Western Tour, with Three Shows from Los Angeles

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ESPN’s morning debate show First Take, will continue its three-city western tour with three live shows Monday, Sept. 11, through Wednesday, Sept. 13, from Los Angeles from ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center. Host Molly Qerim and commentators Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman will welcome a slate of high-profile guests including Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson, rapper and entertainer Snoop Dogg, Lakers legend Jerry West and LaVar Ball. First Take airs Mondays-Fridays, from 10 a.m. to Noon ET.

First Take will close out the week with three shows in two days from Las Vegas, in advance of the hugely anticipated Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez middleweight championship unification bout. The program will air live from the MGM Grand Talent Pool on Thursday, Sept. 14, and Friday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. – Noon. A one-hour, prime time edition will air live from that location on Friday, at 8 p.m. Live guests on-set will include boxing analysts Terence Crawford, Jim Lampley and more. The Las Vegas shows are free and open to the public, with doors opening approximately 1.5 hours before show time.

First Take began its three-city tour with a stop in Fort Worth and a special three-hour show in advance of the Dalla Cowboys’ home opener. In August, First Take enjoyed a 35% increase in viewership over the previous year, averaging 404,000 viewers (P2+, Nielsen’s August:  July 31 – August 25).  The month ended with two days on location in Las Vegas to preview the much-anticipated Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight.

Date Time (ET) Guest Location
Mon, Sep 11 10 a.m. – Noon Candace Parker Los Angeles
  Jerry West Los Angeles
Tue, Sep 12 10 a.m. – Noon Magic Johnson Los Angeles
  Snoop Dogg Los Angeles
Wed, Sep 13 10 a.m. – Noon LaVar Ball Los Angeles
  Freddie Roach Los Angeles
Thu, Sep 14 10 a.m. – Noon Dan Rafael MGM Talent Pool, Las Vegas
UNLV Cheerleaders MGM Talent Pool, Las Vegas
Fri, Sep 15 10 a.m. – Noon Terence Crawford MGM Talent Pool, Las Vegas
  Jim Lampley MGM Talent Pool, Las Vegas
  Las Vegas Golden Knights Ice Dancers MGM Talent Pool, Las Vegas
  Tecate Chicas Ring Girls MGM Talent Pool, Las Vegas
  8 – 9 p.m. Larry Merchant MGM Talent Pool, Las Vegas
  Tecate Chicas Ring Girls MGM Talent Pool, Las Vegas

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