ESPN’s NBA Countdown is headed back to the West Coast.
The network’s flagship NBA studio show is returning to ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center for its upcoming season. The change is in line with ESPN’s new NBA post-game show NBA After The Buzzer, which will feature the NBA Countdown broadcast team.
The return of NBA Countdown to its Los Angeles studio marks the first time since the 2010-2011 season that it has aired from the West Coast. It moved to the East Coast in the 2011-’12 season and has been there ever since.
Along with the announcement of the show’s move back to Los Angeles, ESPN also announced that Michelle Beadle will leave her job as host of ESPN’s weekday morning show Get Up! and will expand her role in ESPN’s NBA coverage. Her last appearance on Get Up! will be August 29.
Connor Schell, ESPN Executive Vice President of Content, said he was optimistic about the changes coming to ESPN’s NBA coverage, including the extension of Beadle’s contract and the expansion of her role in the network’s NBA coverage.
“We are extremely excited to launch ESPN’s first ever NBA post-game show,” Schell said. “We’re doubling down on our NBA studio content at a time when the NBA is red hot and fan interest continues to surge, and we are doing it with Michelle, as she is so important to our coverage. As the basketball world looks to L.A. with renewed interest, we’ll be right there to cover it.”
As an added bonus for audiences, the increased interest in the NBA noted by Schell has also led ESPN officials to expand The Jump, ESPN’s daily Los Angeles-based NBA studio show hosted by Rachel Nichols, to a full one-hour format.
Other changes that are being made at ESPN, partly due to the network’s changes in its NBA coverage include the expansion of Get Up! to a two-hour show starting Sept. 3. Starting on that day, it will air from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. ET. Mike Greenberg will still host the show and Jalen Rose will also stay on as co-host on days when he does not have to appear on NBA Countdown.
Maria Taylor, Laura Rutledge, Diana Russini and Jen Lada — each of whom has served as guest host on Get Up! — will all continue to serve as contributors to the program.
During football season, ESPN’s NFL and college football commentators will appear on Get Up! in its expanded time slot. That list of talent includes: Ryan Clark, Victor Cruz, Paul Finebaum, Dan Orlovsky, Jesse Palmer, Louis Riddick, Rex Ryan, Adam Schefter, Marcus Spears, Jonathan Vilma and Damien Woody.
One more change coming to the ESPN networks involves ESPN Radio’s Golic & Wingo. Along with continuing on ESPN Radio, it will be simulcast on ESPN2 and ESPNEWS from 6 a.m. – 8 a.m. before moving solely to ESPNEWS from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. This move is also set to happen on Sept. 3.
By connection, SportsCenter will continue to air on ESPN2 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
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