There’s been a lot of speculation about Michelle Beadle and her future at ESPN following the end of the NBA’s 2018-19 season. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post added to that speculation today with a new report.
Beadle’s future at ESPN is reportedly “in peril,” according to the latest from the New York Post’s media insider.
The host of ESPN’s NBA Countdown might not return to that role in 2019-20 and, according to Marchand, it’s not just an on-air thing.
“Her failure to promote the program on outside venues combined with her virtual no-show to the much-hyped morning show “Get Up!” has branded her a bad teammate and put her position in question,” he reports.
SportsByBroooks.com reported last week that Beadle would not return to the show, with Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce also departing.
ESPN addressed that report in a statement, saying nothing had been decided for next season.
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) June 12, 2019
Beadle has been the full-time host of ESPN’s NBA pregame show since leaving Get Up! ahead of the 2018 football season.
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ESPN is reportedly considering a number of options for the show in 2019-20, including having either Rachel Nichols or Maria Taylor as host.
Beadle, meanwhile, seemed to shoot down any speculation with a tweet over the weekend.
“See y’all next season on Countdown,” she tweeted in response to some criticism.
Right here, pumpkin. Enjoying vacation. And also…if you live on the internet, I’d hope you’d be more current. Anyways. See y’all next season on Countdown! 💋
— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) June 15, 2019
ESPN’s NBA pregame show has long been considered to be on a much lower level than that of TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” which features Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaq.
The Worldwide Leader has made several changes to its pregame show over the years and it appears more changes will be coming in 2019-20.