McEnroe’s On-Air Presence Increasing At ESPN

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Tennis Hall of Famer John McEnroe will be seen on television a lot more in the coming months.

ESPN announced yesterday that the veteran tennis star and ESPN analyst will start making appearances on SportsCenter discussing a variety of topics other than just tennis.  He will also make appearances on ESPN2’s Olbermann and ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike which also runs on ESPN2 each morning.  Topping off his newly expanded role with the Worldwide Leader in Sports, McEnroe will also be on ESPN Radio New York (98.7 FM).

McEnroe shared his thoughts on this major announcement with the press.  He was clearly happy about the opportunity to branch out beyond the world of tennis and into the overall sports spectrum.  “I am excited about my expanded role with ESPN,” he said.  It should be interesting and fun, as a life-long sports fan, to be able to voice my opinions on a variety of sports programs and forums, alongside some of the most talented people in the industry. The broad platform offered by ESPN makes it the perfect place for me to bring my point of view to all sports, not just tennis. ”

John Wildhack, ESPN Executive VP of Programming and Production echoed McEnroe’s thoughts.  “Before John was a superstar in tennis, he was a sports fan…with sharp opinions and wit, as we’ve seen on our tennis productions,” Wildhack said.  “His no-holds barred insights and personality will enliven whatever program or platform he is on.”

McEnroe is a seventeen-time Major winner.  Seven of those Major wins were in singles competition.  Nine were in doubles.  And one was in mixed doubles.  He has covered the US Open for ESPN since 2009 and Wimbledon since 2012.  He holds seventy-seven titles throughout his career, including four US Open titles, and three at Wimbledon.  He has also won ten more titles in doubles and mixed competition.  His success goes all the way back to his days at Stanford, where he won titles in both the singles and team categories.

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King, Cowherd, Schaap To Fill In For Olbermann Beginning Next Week

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The “King” of talk is coming to ESPN.  Larry King will fill in for ESPN’s Keith Olbermann on Olbermann next Tuesday – Thursday, October 1st – 3rd. King will fill in while Olbermann takes a temporary leave of absence to host TBS’ Major League Baseball post season studio show.  Olbermann will be gone from his namesake show from next Monday, September 30th to October 2oth.  He will return October 21st.  King will fill in for Olbermann each night at 11pm ET when the show airs.  He is also scheduled to make an appearance on Olbermann this Friday, September 27th.  King, who hosts his own show, Larry King Now, discussed filling in for Olbermann when asked about his temporary assignment.  “I am a great admirer of Keith Olbermann who I think is the quintessential sports host,” said King.  “Sports have always been my avocation – they’re part of my being.  Having the chance to come back to my hometown of New York and host Keith’s show for several days is a terrific joy for me and a return to my first love.”

ESPN Executive VP of Programming and Acquisitions Norby Williamson was just as pleased that King accepted the offer to fill in for Olbermann.  “Olbermann is designed specifically around Keith’s one-of-a-kind personality so having a guest host like Larry, who can deliver a similar level of editorial expertise and intellectual commentary to entertain sports fans, fits the bill perfectly,” said Williamson.  “Larry is so popular and well-known to television viewers but being able to bring them his unique perspective on sports topics is a new twist and we’re excited to have him.”

Once King’s turn is up on Olbermann ESPN’s own Jeremy Schaap and Colin Cowherd will each have a turn hosting the show with Schaap hosting first from October 8th – 10th.  Cowherd will fill in for Olbermann from October 15th – 17th.  Jamie Horovitz, ESPN VP of Original programming and production was optimistic in discussing having two ESPN veterans filling in for Olbermann in his absence.  “Both Jeremy and Colin have distinctive personalities and points of view that will bring a different perspective to the program while Keith is away,” said Horowitz.  “While we’ll certainly miss Keith in the coming weeks, we’re also looking forward to producing some fun and entertaining shows for sports fans with our guest hosts.”

King’s new web only series, Larry King Now, is much like his previous hit CNN show, Larry King Live.  He continues interviewing some of the most important names in the news and world of entertainment in his show, which can be seen on Hulu and Ora TV.

Colin Cowherd can be heard regularly on ESPN and ESPN radio on his show, The Herd with Colin Cowherd.  It runs daily from 10am ET – 1pm ET.  The former host of SportsNation, Cowherd also now hosts Colin’s New Football every Sunday morning at 9am.  Cowherd shares his personal thoughts on football and life in general.

Jeremy Schaap hosts ESPN Radio’s The Sporting Life and serves as correspondent for ESPN’s E:60.  He also contributes to ESPN’s Outside The Lines, NFL Countdown, and College Game Day.  His interviews and commentary are featured each week on ESPN’s flagship show, SportsCenter.

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Keith Olbermann Returning To ESPN

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Broadcaster Keith Olbermann is returning to his roots.  Olbermann will return to ESPN2 this Summer with a late night show beginning August 26th.  The show, simply titled, Olbermann, will be an hour-long program.  It will broadcast live at 11pm EST from ABC’s Times Square studios in New York City.  Olbermann’s new show will focus on each day’s big sports topics through a variety of vantage points, commentary, interviews, panel discussions and highlights.

ESPN President John Skipper explained the choice of bringing Olbermann back to ESPN in a statement.  “Keith is a one-of-a-kind personality and these shows will be appointment viewing for that very reason,” he said.  “Keith brings a blend of editorial sophistication and unpredictability – you can never be sure what you’ll get.  Olbermann on ESPN2 gives viewers the quality late-night complement to ESPN’s SportsCenter in the same way we’ve developed distinct show options across our networks the rest of the day.” 

Olbermann offered his own thoughts on returning to the ESPN family.  He was optimistic about the show’s future and his own in his remarks.  “Apart from the opportunity to try to create a nightly hour of sports television that no fan can afford to miss, I’m overwhelmed by the chance to begin anew with ESPN,” he said.  “I’ve been gone for sixteen years and not one day in that time has passed without someone connecting me to the network.  Our histories are indelibly intertwined and frankly I have long wished that I had the chance to make sure the totality of that story would be a completely positive one.  I’m grateful to friends and bosses – old and new – who have permitted that opportunity to come to pass.  I’m not going to waste it.

More announcements on Olbermann will be announced in the coming weeks.  It is expected to be similar in style to SportsCenter.  In many cases, Olbermann will air immediately after live events on ESPN2 beginning with US Open Tennis on August 26th.  This makes for more flexibility with the show’s start time depending on the length and timing of the events in question. 

Keith Olbermann originally worked for ESPN from 1992 – 1997.  During his time at ESPN, he served as co-host of the 11pm SportsCenter broadcast.  HE also helped launch ESPN Radio and ESPN2.  He was awarded the ACE award as the nation’s top cable sportscaster in 1995.  After leaving ESPN in 1997, he would go on to broadcast the World Series the same year, and again in 2000.  He returned to ESPN in 2005, during which time, he served as a daily radio contributor.  He served as co-host of NBC’s Football Night in America from 2007 – 2009 and was named as co-host of TBS’ studio host during the network’s post-season baseball coverage.

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