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Major Basketball Reporter Leaving ESPN

A view of the official NCAA Wilson Basketball during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal between the Michigan Wolverines and the Loyola Ramblers at the Alamodome.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 31: A view of the official NCAA Wilson Basketball during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal between the Michigan Wolverines and the Loyola Ramblers at the Alamodome on March 31, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. The Michigan Wolverines defeated the Loyola Ramblers 69-57. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Since 2013, Jeff Goodman has been one of the more multi-faceted basketball reporters at ESPN. It appears that his time at the Worldwide Leader is nearing an end.

According to a report by The Big Lead, Goodman is set to leave ESPN soon. He has signed a multi-year deal with Stadium, which airs games from multiple smaller Division I leagues, including the Mountain West and Atlantic-10.

Goodman is set to join college football insider Brett McMurphy. In April, Richard Deitsch reported that he would join Stadium after losing his job during the ESPN's mass layoffs.

From the report:

Jeff Goodman is leaving ESPN and joining the upstart Stadium, The Big Lead has learned from a person with direct knowledge of the news. Unauthorized to speak publicly on the matter, the person requested anonymity. Goodman and an ESPN spokesperson declined to comment.

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At Stadium, Goodman will have a variety of roles: He will write features, break news, analyze and opine, and do sit-down interviews pertaining to both college basketball and the NBA. Further, he will appear on their college basketball broadcasts; Stadium has rights deals with Mountain West, the West Coast Conference, Conference USA, and Atlantic 10. Last year, they partnered with Facebook to air 47 games.

With Jeff Goodman and McMurphy in tow, Stadium is making a pretty serious editorial play for college sports.

McMurphy is one of, if not the, biggest news breaker in college football. Goodman has strong connections in college hoops, including recruiting, and has also covered the NBA, and was even the guy following the Ball Brothers around Lithuania earlier this year.

The network is owned in part by MLB Advanced Media, the NHL, the PGA, and Sinclair Media Group. Those companies merged a number of other ventures, including Campus Insiders and 120 Sports, into Stadium.

Goodman has not yet announced the move. As of this morning, he continues to work the college basketball beat for ESPN.

We'll have more on this reported move as it comes out.

[The Big Lead]