Chris Broussard is reportedly joining Skip Bayless, Colin Cowherd, and Jason Whitlock in moving from ESPN to FOX Sports 1.
According to Michael McCarthy of Sporting News, the polarizing NBA insider is set to make the big move.
NBA insider Chris Broussard is finalizing a new deal to jump to rival FS1 from ESPN, sources tell Sporting News.
The veteran NBA reporter would fill a hole at Fox Sports for an NBA expert to compete with ESPN's army of NBA insiders/reporters, ranging from Rachel Nichols and Marc Stein to Zach Lowe. The tip-off the new 2016-2017 NBA season is only 11 days away.
With a move to FS1, Broussard will be the network's most basketball-focused personality, although it is not immediately clear what his role will be. Broussard is primarily a reporter, working the sidelines for ESPN during games and weighing in on the Worldwide Leader's many NBA properties. FOX Sports 1 does not broadcast NBA games, and does not currently have a basketball-focused show, although that could change with his move.
Broussard has a very interesting place within the NBA media. While he is definitely tapped in, he has also drawn the ire of significant figures including Dallas Mavericks owner Marc Cuban over his reporting of the 2015 DeAndre Jordan free agency saga. Earlier that summer, he and fellow ESPN employee Bomani Jones got into it on Twitter over Jones' comments about Russell Wilson and Ciara's decision to wait until marriage to have sex.
In 2013, Broussard came under serious fire after calling homosexuality "an open rebellion to God" on Outside The Lines after former NBA center Jason Collins publicly came out.
Of course, FS1 was quick to embrace Bayless, Cowherd, and Whitlock, who all have long histories of controversial takes. We assume that Broussard will continue to be more of a news breaker than maker, but FS1 head Jamie Horowitz is never one to shy away from controversy.