Skip Bayless has decided to leave ESPN when his contract expires at the end of August. His final appearance on First Take will be the day after the NBA Finals conclude. We want to thank Skip for his many contributions to ESPN. His hard work and talent have benefited ESPN for 12 years.
It’ll be 29 years at ESPN for me come the fall of 2015 (the only job I’ve ever had) after joining merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at a robust $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals and Indy 500; Wimbledon (11 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, in addition to overseeing the Listings Area and www.ESPNMediaZone.com, my main areas are tennis, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including ESPN’s history and growth.
Mike & Mike Hosts Greenberg and Golic Inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame
Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, hosts of ESPN Radio’s weekday morning show Mike & Mike, were inducted today into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Las Vegas.
ESPN Audio will offer its first long-form podcasts, “Dunkumentaries,” a five-part series celebrating basketball’s most powerful shot by examining its history, memorable moments, impact and future. To The project is a collaboration between ESPN Audio and ESPN Films, and is sponsored by Seat Geek. All five episodes will be published Tuesday, April 5; they range in length from 12 to 20 minutes. They will be available on the ESPN app, iTunes, and other podcast platforms/apps, as well as on the web, including ESPN.com and espnW.com.
ESPN has reached an agreement with Chris McKendry in which the longtime SportsCenter anchor and host of live events including the Little League World Series will focus on tennis, continuing to front ESPN’s start-to-finish and extensive coverage of three of the sport’s Majors – the Australian and US Opens and Wimbledon.
ESPN tennis analysts Chrissie Evert and Patrick McEnroe spoke with media Monday about a wide variety of tennis topics, on and off the court. ESPN has extensive coverage of this month’s two big events – the BNP Paribas Open from Indian Wells, Calif., and the Miami Open presented by Itaú – including action from up to seven courts on WatchESPN from start to finish. The 48 hours on TV and WatchESPN includes the women’s and men’s semifinals and championships from both events.
History awaits Down Under as top-seeded Serena Williams seeks her 22nd Major title – tying her with Steffi Graf and the Open Era record (Margaret Court won 24) – against No. 7 Angelique Kerber in the Australian Open Championship on ESPN late Friday, Jan. 29, at 3:30 a.m. ET/12:30 a.m. PT.
Serena vs. Radwanska, Kerber to Face Surprise Semifinalist Konta
Federer-Djokovic XLV at 3:30 a.m….Fans Need to Decide: Stay Up or Get Up?
48 Major Singles Titles Represented
“(Djokovic) is as complete of a tennis player as I’ve ever seen.” – Gilbert
“I think Halep could win a major.” – Evert
“Never underestimate a Williams.” – Gilbert
“It just shows by changing coaches (Federer)’s still in the hunt and still really wants it badly. He definitely could still win a major.” – Evert
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