It’s been five months since First Take co-host Skip Bayless left ESPN, and now the Worldwide Leader is hoping to boost the show’s sagging vierwership by moving it from ESPN2 to the Mothership. The yell-fest hosted by Stephen A. Smith and Bayless’ replacement Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim will replace the stalwart morning SportsCenter block beginning January 3.
The two hours of SportsCenter that airs from 10 AM-noon ET, will move to ESPN2, also on January 3. SportsCenter Face to Face, an interview-based program hosted by Hannah Storm, will air from 10-11 AM. The two-hour SportsCenter Coast to Coast, hosted by David Lloyd in Bristol and Cari Champion in Los Angeles, will air from 11-noon on ESPN2. The second hour of SportsCenter Coast to Coast will remain on ESPN, with the exception of January 3-6 when the final week of His & Hers, hosted by Jemele Hill and Michael Smith, will air on ESPN from noon-1 p.m. Hill and Smith will become co-anchors of the 6 PM SportsCenter on ESPN beginning February 6. All times are ET.
“First Take and SportsCenter are two strong, complementary franchises airing on two strong, complementary platforms,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN EVP Programming and Scheduling. “We have always demonstrated a willingness to take a fresh approach with our network schedules and this move is the latest example of that thinking.”