There’s been a lot of talk this year about ESPN’s NBA Countdown crew and, mainly, if the show would be better off with a host other than Michelle Beadle.
Beadle has been a mainstay in ESPN’s NBA coverage in recent years, though there are some in sports media who feel the network’s pregame show would be better off with someone else.
This afternoon, a report surfaced claiming Beadle would be off the show in 2019-20.
Sports by Brooks’ Brooks Melchior reported today that Beadle will not return.
“ESPN on-air talents Maria Taylor and Rachel Nichols are under consideration to take over as host of Countdown,” he reported.
ESPN has since responded to the report.
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The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand did report earlier in the season that Beadle could be in trouble on the show.
There are factions in Bristol not enamored with the program’s host, Michelle Beadle, according to sources, but she is under a big-money contract, and so it is unclear if ESPN would make a change that would leave her without a defined role.
Maria Taylor and Rachel Nichols are considered potential replacements if ABC/ESPN made the bold move.
Beadle, meanwhile, will be back on the air for ABC’s coverage of Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.