Kornheiser, Wilbon Sign New Contract Extensions With ESPN

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Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon have inked new deals with ESPN, keeping the pair with the worldwide leader in sports for the foreseeable future.

The dup signed new deals with the network this week that ensures they will be working together on the long-running program for the foreseeable future.  Details on the length of the duo’s contracts have not been released.

Kornheiser and Wilbon have been working together as co-hosts of PTI since the show’s debut on October 17, 2001.  Before joining the ranks of ESPN, the dup worked together in the newsroom at The Washington Post.

Connor Schell, ESPN Senior VP and Executive Producer ESPN Original Content, praised the pair and their work with producer Erik Rydholm, who serves as PTI’s producer.

“Tony and Mike are the best in the business and PTI is the gold standard of daily sports commentary,” Schell said.  “that PTI remains as insightful and innovative as ever  – and as relevant – is a tribute to the genius and hard work of Erik, Matt [Kelliher]—PTI coordinating producer–and their whole team.”

Kornheiser and Wilbon were both humble when they talked about their new contract extensions.

“The fact that ESPN would give me another extension at my age indicates one of two things: One, they have never actually seen me on television.  Two, they feel they are saving money on health insurance because they think I will have all my expenses covered by Medicare,” Kornheiser said. “Either way I am thrilled to be doing PTI with Wilbon and scaring the children.”

Wilbon was just as lighthearted in his thoughts about being on PTI for so long. He said the only that that he’d trade for being on the show is seeing the Chicago Cubs win the World Series.

“We’re thankful and amazed that the great adventure of our professional lives has now reached 15 years,” he said.  “I love every single day of doing PTI as much now as when we started doing the show in 2001, having absolutely zero idea at the time of what we were doing.  I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the whole wide world…except for the Cubs winning the World Series.”

PTI airs Monday – Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and is re-aired on ESPN 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET.  More information on PTI is available online now at:

 

 

 

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ESPN Announces Nominees For 2013 ESPYS, Voting Open Now

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The nominations are out and the voting has officially begun for this year’s annual ESPY Awards.  In preparation of the annual celebration, Pardon The Interruption hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon will host The ESPY Nomination Special next Monday, July 1st at 8pm EST on ESPN2.  Among this year’s nominees are: Drew Brees, Miguel Cabrera, the Chicago Blackhawks, Olympic medal winner Gabby Douglas, Superbowl champion Joe Flaco of the Baltimore Ravens, and many, many more.

Voting for candidates is open now.  Voting for all categories except “Best Team” will close on the day of the show, Wednesday, July 17th at 9pm.  Fans can cast their vote for categories such as: “Best Male Athlete”, “Best Female Athlete”, “Best Championship Performance”, “Best Breakthrough Athlete” and many others.  Fans can vote online at http://www.ESPN.com/ESPYS up to the start of this year’s awards show.  The “Best Team” category is shifting this year to a Twitter exclusive vote at the beginning of the awards show.  Fans will be able to vote via Twitter throughout the show using hashtag #ESPYSBestTeam and the voter’s favorite team name.  vote from Twitter and ESPYS.com will be gathered at the show’s end to determine the winner of this category.

For more on the ESPYS, fans can go online to http://www.ESPN.com/ESPYS or the official ESPN Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ESPN.

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