ESPN has announced some changes to their morning line-up — including big changes on Get Up! — while also announcing that NBA Countdown will return to ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center this season.
What’s Happening with Mornings
- Beginning Monday, September 3rd, ESPN will make some adjustments to their morning line up.
- Get Up! will now air as a two-hour show from 8 to 10 a.m. with Mike Greenberg as host.
- Michelle Beadle will be leaving Get Up! on August 29th to move to Los Angeles along with NBA Countdown
- Similarly, Jalen Rose will remain as a co-host of Get Up! on days when he has no NBA Countdown responsibilities in L.A.
- Moving forward, Get Up! will also include regular hosting contributions from Maria Taylor, Laura Rutledge, Dianna Russini, and Jen Lada — all of which have previously guest hosted.
- Meanwhile, SportsCenter will now air from 7 to 8 a.m. ET on ESPN and will continue to air from 8-10 a.m. on ESPN2.
- Finally, ESPN Radio’s Golic & Wingo simulcast will air on ESPN2 and ESPNEWS from 6-8 a.m. before continuing on ESPNEWS for the remaining two hours of the show.
More on NBA Countdown
- NBA Countdown is returning to ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center this season.
- The move coincides with the launch of additional NBA studio programming, including a new post-game show – NBA After The Buzzer – that will feature the NBA Countdown studio team.
- As a result of the launch of NBA After The Buzzer and the NBA Countdown move, Michelle Beadle has extended her contract with ESPN.
- Beadle is entering her third season as the host of NBA Countdown along with analysts Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, and Paul Pierce.
- NBA After The Buzzer will air immediately after ESPN NBA game coverage, generally following regular Wednesday and Friday doubleheaders throughout the season on ESPN and the ESPN App.
- This season, ESPN will also launch NBA Courtside – a new, 15-minute tipoff show after NBA Countdown and prior to the game coverage – which will capture the pre-game energy and excitement from the arena.
- There will also be an increased emphasis on pre- and-post-game SportsCenter segments, more closely integrated with NBA Countdown and its commentators.
- This will also mark the first full season that The Jump, ESPN’s daily, Los Angeles-based afternoon NBA show hosted by Rachel Nichols, will be aired in its expanded 60-minute format.
What They’re Saying
- Connor Schell, ESPN executive vice president of content, regarding Get Up!:“We remain very committed to Get Up! and the show continues to provide important context, wide-ranging expertise and strong analysis and opinions, led by Mike Greenberg, Jalen Rose, and a very talented, hard-working team. It remains a central part of our revamped morning lineup.”
- Schell on NBA Countdown: “We are extremely excited to launch ESPN’s first ever NBA post-game show. We’re doubling down on our NBA studio content at a time when the NBA is red-hot and fan interest continues to surge, and we are doing it with Michelle, as she is so important to our coverage. As the basketball world looks to L.A. with renewed interest, we’ll be right there to cover it.”