Numbers Never Lie, the ESPN afternoon show initially centered around Charissa Thompson and Michael Smith, is getting an overhaul, according to sources. As ratings for the show sagged in the Spring, ESPN decided to shuffle the cast. Thompson, a rising star at the Network, was moved over to SportsNation to replace the departed Michelle Beadle. The show’s smart premise – centered around stats, trends and point spreads – is being tweaked into more of a debate format because there just isn’t enough debate on ESPN. Sound like First Take in the afternoons? That’s the rumbling in Bristol.
According to sources, here’s the new trio, which will be rolled out at some point later this summer: Michael Smith will host, and the debaters will be Jalen Rose (you’ll be seeing lots of him on the Worldwide Leader between his new Gameday gig and the college hoops games he’ll be announcing) and former NFL player Hugh Douglas.
Hopefully, when the new show rolls out, Douglas will talk at length about the time he fought Terrell Owens in Philly.