One of the biggest questions surrounding ESPN programming in recent months concerned Mike Greenberg’s new morning show and who would co-host the program with him. Personalities such as Sage Steele and Charissa Thompson were among those who had been mentioned as possibilities, but both opted for other, more prominent roles. Someone else rumored as a Greenberg co-host was Michelle Beadle, and it turns out that’s the direction ESPN is going with.

According to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie, ESPN has tabbed Beadle and her NBA Countdown co-host Jalen Rose to be a part of the new morning show with Greenberg. Beadle and Rose will relocate from Los Angeles to New York for the new show, which will broadcast from a studio in lower Manhattan. Both will continue in their roles with the NBA studio pregame and halftime program. Additionally, Rose will remain on ESPN Radio, co-hosting Jalen & Jacoby with David Jacoby, which airs Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m ET.

However, Guthrie did include an ominous “for now” when referring to Beadle and Rose staying on NBA Countdown. That would appear to imply that changes are inevitable, despite Beadle being promoted to full-time host of the show earlier this year. Having Beadle and Rose do NBA Countdown in the evening, then turning around for the very early wake-up that morning TV requires doesn’t seem sustainable long-term. (The same applies to Rose’s ESPN Radio responsibilities.) Yet NBA Countdown airs Wednesdays and Fridays, so that brutal turnaround would only take place once a week — at least during the regular season.

Presumably, Beadle would no longer be a co-host of SportsNation. Hosting a daily morning show and afternoon program would be asking a whole lot of Beadle, unless she doesn’t need any sleep.

There would appear to be quite a few puzzle pieces to move around in light of this reported move. Who will replace Beadle on SportsNation and, presumably, NBA Countdown? Could Rachel Nichols jump from The Jump to ESPN’s flagship NBA studio show? Will Jalen & Jacoby continue? With more to surely come, perhaps that’s why ESPN hasn’t yet officially announced the move.

Giving Greenberg his own show and breaking up the longtime Mike & Mike pairing with Mike Golic had been rumored for approximately a year, and reports of the decision being officially made broke in January. Eventually, Greenberg and the network announced he would be leaving Mike & Mike in November (Nov. 17. to be exact) amid rumors that he and Golic were no longer getting along. (Golic will pair up with Trey Wingo for ESPN Radio’s new morning show beginning Nov. 27.)

Partnering Greenberg up with Beadle and Rose should create a intriguing mix with a variety of voices that makes ESPN’s new morning show more compelling than a Mike & Mike program that had become increasingly bland over the years. If the network envisions a show like MSNBC’s Morning Joe that combines entertaining banter with thoughtful discussion and pointed commentary, a program that helps set the day’s discussion in sports, adding outspoken, entertaining personalities like Beadle and Rose — who already have established chemistry together — with Greenberg as a “straight man” appears to be a good decision.

Originally, ESPN announced that Greenberg’s morning show would premiere on Jan. 1, 2018, but the THR report says that the program is now set for a spring 2018 debut.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

About Ian Casselberry

Ian is an editor for The Comeback and Awful Announcing. He has covered baseball for Yahoo! Sports, MLive.com, Bleacher Report and SB Nation, and provides analysis for several sports talk radio shows each week. He currently lives in Asheville, NC.

  • BobLee Says

    I’m not an ESPN viewer so my opinion should not count. That said… Until several years ago I did watch M&M for 30 minutes w/ my AM coffee… until it became too predictable. I still think M&M are both probably “nice guys” I would enjoy as neighbors. … ESPN “going diverse” pairing the smart-mouth blonde and the AfAm ex-jock with the polite little “Greeny” is hardly “revolutionary programming”. … hopefuly “Jemele” will be a regular guest on the show. She should be all over ESPN like “Waldo”…

    • Mark Anderson

      But Jemele’s ratings on SC6 are garbage, she sin’t exactly bringing in the viewers.

      • BobLee Says

        You missed my point. I want Jemele Hill to be “The Face of ESPN” and Kaepernick to be “The Face of The NFL” so everyone is clear where ESPN / NFL stand…

        • Deon Hamner

          I hate to break it to you, but Kaepernick was the face of the nfl this weekend and he not even in the league. Thanks to POTUS

          • BobLee Says

            To quote Strother Martin in Cool Hand Luke… “We have a failure to communicate”. … Forget it.

    • Daniel Parker

      We can disagree about whether we like Kapernick or not. What we can agree is DONALD TRUMP IS UNQUALIFIED TO BE PRESIDENT.

      • BobLee Says

        Lets meet 1/2 way. 8.5 years ago, America “agreed” that there were no longer Any “Qualifications To Be President”.

        • Daniel Parker

          sorry have to disagree with you on that , Obama was an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004 . He then was a US Senator for 5. That is about 14 years. He also was constitutional and international law professor. There was a woman at the bar last night trying to defend her vote for Trump by saying Reagan was an actor. She did not know he was a 2 term governor off California YOU ARE WRONG.

          • BobLee Says

            Uh Oh… you’re going ALLCAPS! This is getting serious… Mr. Parker, you and I have nothing in common but a pair of opposable thumbs. That we would ever agree on something as subjective as this is inconceivable. I will agree… that you and Jemele H and Colin K certainly do have “a right” to your opinions. I will keep mine with or without your approval.

        • Daniel Parker

          try Wikipedia. Simple

  • Patrick Ryan Williford

    Could switch J&J and The Right Time OR make J&J a studio only show at 2 PM on ESPN2 and give that daily slot to one of the weekly radio shows.

    • Walt_Gekko

      Actually, they could move The Right Time back to 6-9 PM and have the 4:00-6:00 PM ET portion of Michael Kay’s show on 98.7 in New York go full national (Kay airs locally in NYC from 3:00-7:00 PM).

  • whittx

    Now will the next move be bringing Katie Nolan into SportsNation to hang with Marcellus?

    • ncpete

      It’d be interesting to see if Nolan would take that job. She’s been adamant about staying in NYC and not moving to LA. Fox tried numerous times to get her to LA and do a show there but she wouldn’t move.

      • Daniel Parker

        did not know that . She is alright

  • Steven Aranaz

    so is golic’s new show replacing M&M on the radio + tv simulcast timeslots, and greenys show TV only? plenty of pieces to shuffle around…

    • Raymond Chuang

      Golic (and his son Mike Golic, Jr.) will co-host with Trey Wingo starting November 27, 2017. They’ll probably use the same used by the Ryen Russilo Show initially, then move to a revamped version of the “Mike & Mike” set some time in 2018.

  • sportsfan365

    Why anyone would watch Greenberg is beyond me. His “takes” are completely scripted, just like his constant product endorsements.

    • Mark Anderson

      Greenberg’s lips are so full of filler he can barely talk.

  • Joe Arnold

    I thought Lindsay Czarniak would be a slam dunk for something like this. Once she was hosting the 6pm Sportscenter it made me think she’s too good for just sports and thought she should be on a GMA or Today type show.

  • David Andrew

    The Jets make Greeny crazy and Golic loves donuts. It never gets old!

  • Tookie Clothespin

    Kind of bummed hearing this. I enjoy SportsNation but, they haven’t been able to get a solid lead host to replace her when she’s out. So, I’ll probably stop watching that. I’ve already seen her on a show where she is trying to carry a boring, generic, white guy with boring, generic, white guy opinions. It was her show on NBC Sports. It was awful. I am a boring, generic, white guy that works with other boring, generic, white guys. I don’t need to watch a TV show to get those opinions.

  • Tigerblows.com

    sucking her way to the top

  • Stuie299

    This makes no sense. They finally figure out their NBA Countdown studio host/analysts after 16 years only to break them up a year later.

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  • MrBull

    What a train wreck that show is going to be…Whiny Greenberg with Clueless Mouth piece Beadle and full of bs Rose….and the show will not start in the spring – won’t even last as long as Cold Pizza…

  • Raymond Chuang

    In fact, ESPN’s “The Six” SportsCenter with Michael Smith and Jemelle Hill is in many ways a “beta test” for what this new program will be like. I expect Greenberg to move his family to New York City by the end of this year, which explains the frequent trips his wife has done in Manhattan in recent months.

  • Bscotch Bscotch

    Between the NBCS move and this, Beadle should really think about whether her agent is the best person for the job.

  • DrewShervin

    Wish Beadle would disappear from ESPN permanently.

  • Daniel Parker

    I like it . Sportsnation is done though .

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