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First Take Heads West the Week of November 5; Stops in Dallas & Los Angeles, at Luke Air Force Base


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First Take, ESPN’s popular morning debate show featuring Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and host Molly Qerim Rose, will hit the road the week of November 5.  First Take airs weekdays on ESPN from 10 a.m. – noon ET.

On Monday, the two-hour show will originate from Texas Live! in Arlington to preview the Tennessee Titans at Dallas Cowboys Monday Night Football game. Special guests include Cowboys’ legends Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders and Darren Woodson. ESPN’s Will Cain, a native of Sherman, Texas, who regularly participates in debates, will also appear. The show is open to the public and doors open at 7:30 a.m. CT.

From November 6-8, First Take will call ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center, in the heart of LA Live, home.  LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers host the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 7.


  • TNT NBA analyst Kenny Smith in studio November 6.
  • Steve Harvey, television host and comedian, in studio November 7.
  • Actor Mark Wahlberg from New York on November 8.

The road trip concludes Friday, Nov. 9, at Luke Air Force Base, with a live show for military personnel, part of ESPN’s annual Veterans Day initiative.  Special guests include former WWE wrestler Ric Flair.

First Take Continues to Reach a Young Audience

First Take continues to lead cable for reaching a young audience.  In October, ESPN was No. 1 among full-time cable networks in the weekday 10 a.m. – noon time slot in delivering Men and Adults ages 18-34 and 18-49.


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