attends ESPN The Party on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.

As recently as 2015, ESPN and ESPN2 had their own original afternoon lineups. ESPN2 had SportsNation, Highly Questionable and Olbermann while ESPN had its venerable standbys Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption. Last year, SportsNation and Highly Questionable moved to the Mothership and it’s left ESPN2 running repeats of previously aired programming.

This week, ESPN has unveiled a new afternoon lineup with the NBA-centric The Jump moving from ESPN2 to ESPN and SportsNation expanding from a half-hour program to a full 60 minutes.

The daily College Football Live which had run at 1:30 p.m. ET leaves the lineup for now. It’ll return later this year. Here’s how the new lineup looks:

ESPN lineup noon-6 p.m. ET:

Noon — SportsCenter
1 p.m — Outside the Lines
1:30 p.m. — NFL Insiders
2 p.m. — NFL Live
3 p.m — The Jump
3:30 p.m — SportsNation
4:30 p.m. — Highly Questionable
5 p.m. — Around the Horn
5:30 p.m. — Pardon the Interruption

As for ESPN2, its only original program will be the final hour of the Dan Le Batard Show at noon ET. The rest of the lineup will be reairs of First Take, NFL Live, The Jump and then the entire of ESPN’s late afternoon lineup. From 1 p.m. on, ESPN2 takes ESPN’s lineup on a one-hour delay. At one time, there was talk of ESPN2’s lineup cannibalizing ESPN’s viewership, but there are no fears of that now with the current lineup.

ESPN2 programming from noon-7 p.m. ET:

Noon — The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz
1 p.m. — First Take (reair from ESPN)
3 p.m. — NFL Live (reair from ESPN)
4 p.m. — The Jump (reair from ESPN)
4:30 p.m. — SportsNation (reair from ESPN)
5:30 p.m. — Highly Questionable (reair from ESPN)
6 p.m. — Around the Horn (reair from ESPN)
6:30 p.m. — Pardon the Interruption (reair from ESPN)

So the Mothership will be the place to go for original programming and if you happen to miss the original airing, you have the opportunity to catch it an hour later on ESPN2.


About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.