Sportscenter is getting its first big overhaul since 2008 – when the network announced the Josh Elliott-Hannah Storm morning pairing – and an announcement is expected next month.
Multiple sources have leaked some of the details to us, and even though ESPN won’t confirm any of them, we’re confident the following will be announced at some point in March. Ty Duffy already broke some Sportscenter news back in November when he reported that Lindsay Czarniak had taken over the 6 pm Sportscenter. She’s considered ESPN’s biggest rising star by those at the network.
* Daytime Sportscenter is shrinking from 3 hour blocks to 2 hour blocks.
* The new daytime “teams” are as follows
9 am – 11 am – Hannah Storm and Kevin Negandhi
11 am – 1 pm – Chris McKendry and Jay Crawford
1 pm – 3 pm – Sage Steele and David Lloyd
The new Sportscenter weekend morning team: Sara Walsh and Bram Weinstein
Sources say the moves were made to improve chemistry in some blocks, but more importantly with an eye on the Fall, as Fox Sports begins phase one of its quest to compete with ESPN. So Fox, what’s your move – are you going to go wall-to-wall with news, or try to come up with original programming? A word to the wise – the debate format is played out.