In a rare in-season move, ESPN has named SportsNation’s Michelle Beadle as the full-time host of NBA Countdown on both ABC and the Mothership. Not only will Beadle host the rest of the regular season, she’ll be the host of ESPN’s NBA Playoff coverage all the way through the Finals in June. She takes over for Sage Steele’s portion of programs immediately.

Beadle will host the remaining NBA Countdown shows, including this Saturday’s primetime game on ABC. She will continue to be a co-host on SportsNation during the week.

Beadle will take over the NBA Countdown on ABC shows that Sage Steele hosted. Steele, who will part of ESPN’s coverage of The Masters this week, will transition to a full-time host of “SportsCenter on the Road” segments. In Steele’s new role, she’ll travel across the country to various sporting events to front ESPN’s SportsCenter coverage.

Kevin Wildes, ESPN VP of original content couldn’t be happier with Beadle on NBA Coutndown:

“I’ve had the wonderful experience of working directly with Michelle for several years and as predicted, she’s made a tremendous mark on NBA Countdown since joining the show in October. It’s very rare to find a commentator who can so masterfully combine intelligence, candor, and humor and she does it all while keeping her finger on the pulse of the NBA. Like a great point guard, she makes everyone around her better and we’re looking forward to this next chapter in Michelle’s career as she leads us forward on NBA Countdown.”

As for Beadle, she couldn’t be more thrilled to be hosting NBA Countdown full-time:

“The only thing better than working for Connor Schell and Kevin Wildes is being able to spend each day with all of the incredibly talented people at NBA Countdown and SportsNation. It’s the best job in sports. Did I mention that Kawhi Leonard is the M.V.P. of the league?”

Back in September, Beadle was named as a host of Countdown to split duties with Steele. Beadle was initially hosting on Wednesdays and Fridays, while Steele hosted the ABC portion on Countdown on weekends. Now, Beadle will work all NBA Countdown shows on both networks for the foreseeable future.

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  • MetaphysicalMan

    Beadle brings a lot more spark to the show.

    • 303summerwalk

      By spark, you mean obnoxious white feminism.

      • Phil McKracken

        Did Beadle block you on twitter and other social media, customer you seem like a bitter little bitty

      • MetaphysicalMan

        I haven’t heard any ‘obnoxious white feminism’ from her on Countdown. But, I’m not threatened by feminism because I’m not insecure in that way,

  • DrewShervin

    ESPN has been shoving Beadle down our throats for years. This doesn’t surprise me.

    • MetaphysicalMan

      Co-hosting one show is ‘shoving down throats’? What does that even mean?

  • Bscotch Bscotch

    Rumor has it that Dave Briggs will ATTEND an NBA game this month

  • 303summerwalk

    Steele supports trump. Beadle is an angry unmarried feminist. Enough said.

    • Justin_Herrick

      Her personal Twitter account is her personal Twitter account. She can say whatever she’d like just as you can. On NBA Countdown, any views she has never come up.

      • Raymond Chuang

        Well, except for her undying love of the San Antonio Spurs. 🙂

    • Real Talk

      You took my thoughts, do you know me?

  • Real Talk

    It’s politics, steel is unapologetic Republican which drives the Mothership insane… Read Tweets from the former MLB guy they fired to learn the politics going on at ESPN

  • ua2

    Beadle’s def had more brothas than Sage Steele.

  • Jeremy W

    the only bad thing about beadle is her love of the spurs duing NBA Countdown to me that is unprofessional idc she does that during sports nation but during a nba game she has to do a better job of hiding it not wearing pink while they play which if she wore black and sliver why would that matter anyway

    it wouild be like me hosting The NFL Today and saying Go broncos or saying we like she does sometimes when talking about the spurs

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  • StilettoJill

    Beadle was a better fit for the show. Her one of the boys personality kept the energy up. Sage wasn’t entertaining

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