Bomani Jones

Today at ESPN’s upfront a number of announcements are being made about the network’s schedule moving into 2018. Many of those details are already known such as Mike Greenberg’s new morning show on ESPN and Trey Wingo linking up with Mike Golic for the relaunch of Mike and not-Mike. Additionally, SportsCenter is getting yet another overhaul with news updates throughout the day.

One new nugget of information that comes from ESPN’s busy day of revelations for their 2018 schedule is a new weekday show that will begin in January that will star two of the network’s brightest young stars – Pablo Torre and Bomani Jones.

Jones (36) and Torre (31) have had a consistent presence on ESPN airwaves for a number of years and now they’ll get the chance to have a show all their own that will fall between First Take and Outside the Lines on ESPN’s daily schedule. Jones will also continue to host his show The Right Time on ESPN Radio while Torre has signed a new contract with the network.

Here is the announcement from ESPN:

ESPN rising stars Bomani Jones, host of ESPN Radio’s The Right Time with Bomani Jones, and Pablo Torre, senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, will host a newly created one-hour live program premiering Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 on ESPN from noon – 1 p.m. ET. More details about the show will be announced at a later date. The program will also be streamed live on the ESPN app and WatchESPN across all devices and platforms.

“Had someone asked me a year ago who I’d want to work with on a new TV show, I would have said Pablo Torre,” Jones said.  “Now that it’s going to happen, I couldn’t be more excited. We have a chance to make something new, fresh and entertaining, and I can’t wait to take on that challenge.”

Torre added, “Bomani Jones happens to be one of my best friends in this strange business, not least because I wind up laughing while being challenged and enlightened every time we talk. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to turn ourselves into a live sports television show that’s as fun to watch as it will be to make.”

ESPN has signed Torre to a multiyear extension which will also afford him the opportunity to continue making regular appearances across a variety of shows and platforms including television shows Around the Horn, Pardon the Interruption, SportsNation, The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz and Highly Questionable. He will also continue writing for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com as well as regularly participate in ESPN’s “The Basketball Analogy” podcast. Torre joined ESPN in 2012.

Jones, whose new multiyear extension with ESPN was announced in December 2016, will continue to host The Right Time with Bomani Jones for three hours every weekday. He will remain as co-host of Highly Questionable until late June 2017. He will also continue to appear on a variety of ESPN television and radio shows. Jones joined ESPN full time in 2013.

We don’t know the format of the show yet, but it will likely fall in line with other programs we see throughout the day on ESPN with Jones and Torre offering their commentary on the events of the day. It makes sense that the pair would be the perfect bridge from the high volume of First Take to the in-depth reporting of Outside the Lines.

Much has been made of ESPN’s layoffs and the need to cultivate new stars and build from within. There arguably aren’t two better choices than Jones and Torre who offer a great mix of insightful commentary, relevancy, and humor. And their new weekday show is a great platform for new voices to help lead ESPN into a new age.

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  • Tyshaun Miles

    My guess is that Jon “Stugotz” Weiner takes over Bomani’s spot on “Highly Questionable”.

    • DrewShervin

      He’s all right but he’s not as funny as Bomani.

      • YouAreWrongAndDumb

        Comparing him to Bomani is like comparing a Ferrari to walking through the desert, on foot.

  • brothermuzone

    Probably the best two guys on espn. Hopefully they will eventually get two hours and first take will get cancelled. Some people may be too sensitive for the truth bombs that jones drops so ratings may take a while to build.

    • Austin Hernandez

      The best if this was opposite day. Two liberal blowhards. They are just terrible! I doubt this show lasts more than 6 months.

      • brothermuzone

        Speaking of the overly sensitive…

      • “Liberal”…you know who they voted for? Or is it because they’re not white? Don’t worry we know the answer

        • Austin Hernandez

          huh? they both were HUGE Hillary supporters who voted for her. Were you trolling or did you not really know that?

        • John Adams

          Danny Kannall!!

    • souvien

      I hope Jones wears the “Caucasians” shirt every week just to tick off the poor racist snowflakes…

      • John Adams

        This network is bleeding and this is your answer?

  • Real Talk

    Nobody will watch

  • Ja

    Won’t be watching espn until college football starts

    • rben408

      With the news of Michigan Ohio St moving to fox the espn ship be sinking. With decisions like this I can’t wait for it to happen

      • TriCuriousGeorge

        Gotta love when white people get all triggered over stuff like this. Do some more!

        • John Adams

          Nobody will be watching! I only watch games at this point.

          • TriCuriousGeorge

            they still get your money tho 🙁

          • FR2011

            No, the cord has been cut. Bomani is alright but Torre goes sjw way too often.

          • TriCuriousGeorge

            they still get your money tho 🙁

  • Hkkg Bgik

    And now lebaturd says your racist if you dont like espn.

    • brothermuzone

      He said you might be racist if you only want the people of color fired

      • Hkkg Bgik

        No he said if you don’t like espn it’s a cover for being a racist.

    • TriCuriousGeorge

      Another triggered white guy! I love you guys!

  • BobLee Says

    No surprise at all. CEO John Skipper ramps up his on-air war against anyone in America who disagrees with his politics. Yo Skipper, can’t you find a slot for Bill Mahre, Rosie, Whoopi and maybe even Barack? Why not?

    • TriCuriousGeorge

      Here comes the waaaabulance! Somebody help out the triggered snowflakes!!

      • Kyle Sentz

        Kinda seems like you might be racist yourself. But I guess generalizations that white people could only dislike Bomani Jones because of his skin color is a reasonable stance.

        • TriCuriousGeorge

          Awwww did your waaaaambulance get lost?? WAAAAA! You poor precious snowflake….. I hope someone gives you the attention you so desperately crave soon!

          • Kyle Sentz

            Yup. Troll.

          • TriCuriousGeorge

            Awwww you poor wittle baby got your wittle troll fweelings hurt… somebody send in another waaaambulance.

        • brothermuzone

          He never mentioned skin color. You did.

          • Kyle Sentz

            Guess you didn’t read all of his other posts. Also. Only responding to “Snowflakes” and “White Dudes” insinuates a racial discussion no? Or maybe you are just a literal thinker, and can’t understand insinuation Brother.

  • souvien

    and the Alt-Right “ESPN is Libtardz shoving stuff down our throats” crowd heads explode!

    Poor precious snowflakes! Why dontcha go listen to FSR/FS1…lord knows they need the ratings help…

    • TheOriginalDonald

      Bingo. The conflakes complain but they don’t bother watching FS1

    • John Adams

      Hey snowflake I don’t watch fs1 and nobody watches any of this tripe except bars and restaurants where it is on by default. Nobody even knows what channel fs1 is on. The only way viewing habits will be changed is fs1 landing tv contracts and with espn bleeding they will not be able to overpay to have all of the games. ESPN made it easy because they had it all and have the best production of live sports but losing the games will hurt overall viewership for the nonsense pc social justice shows which there is a stampede running away from. I will pass on the lecture!

  • Lemmy2

    I wonder if they’ll talk about racism . . . .

    • TriCuriousGeorge

      Triggered

  • Hkkg Bgik

    Brought to you by msnbc!

  • rben408

    30 minutes of how racist the NFL is because nobody will sign the headache mediocre QB Colin Kaepernick

    • TriCuriousGeorge

      awwww triggered bros everywhere! LOL

      • LochGates44

        Triggered is going to be the name of the show.

  • PatHobby

    Hard pass.

  • MrBull

    More ‘yapping crap’ added to the stadium full of it that already exists….thought the state of tv in general was toiletville with all the reality shows, now see sports version of it is taking over more and more….

  • StoJa

    ESPN – the worldwide leader in scorching hot takes, 24/7/365!! Just one dumpster fire show after another.

  • TheOriginalDonald

    Dan-Papi, are you interested?

    Papi-Ah, Si, Si, I’m very intrigued! Listen, I’m sure Bomani will be better than that guy they have on that time slot now!

    • LOL!!!

    • BobbyDee95

      LOL that was an awesome reply lololol i LOVE IT

  • DrewShervin

    I am really pissed he is going to be leaving HQ. Dan, Papi and Bomani made a great combination. I guess Stugotz is going to take his spot. It’s not the same.

    • Walt_Gekko

      Jon (“Stugotz”) Weiner makes sense because of his association with LeBatard. Also, this eliminates the conlict Bonami Jones has between Highly Questionable and his radio show, which air simultaneously.

      Personally, I would have on the radio side liked to have seen The Michael Kay Show (with Kay, Don LaGreca and Peter Rosenberg which airs at the same time as Bonami Jones on 98.7 in New York) go national from 4:00-6:00 with Bonami from 6:00-8:00 and the other shows pushed back an hour.

  • Ben

    Yet another reason I won’t be watching ESPN anymore

  • Looks like the snowflake “stick to sports” dorks are gonna have to find another station to listen to slanted bigotry-lite sports analysis…but hey there’s always Cowherd or Francesa

    • John Adams

      Nobody watches this stuff! It is on closed caption in bars

  • Anthony Sortini

    Gonna miss him but truth is he is going to miss the show even more. His show with Pablo Torrie will get canceled faster than a Thai hooker going down to their knees. Bomani was the brains and Papi with Dan were the funny so it was a perfect combination. Pablo while yes highly educated is highly un-entertaining. Sorry Bomani but you will beg to come back before you know it.

  • J Dubs

    Sadly, they are probably being groomed to take over PTI time slot in a few years.

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