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ESPN Announces Michelle Beadle Will Be Full-Time NBA Countdown Host

A close up picture of Michelle Beadle.


ESPN's Michelle Beadle got a big promotion on Tuesday morning.

Layoffs are reportedly coming for many of ESPN's on-air personalities, but it doesn't look like Michelle Beadle will be going anywhere. Tuesday morning, ESPN announced that Beadle has been named the full-time host of NBA Countdown on ABC and ESPN. She joined the show at the start of the season.

Beadle will also host the studio coverage for the NBA Playoffs. She'll still host SportsNation as well. Here's more, via ESPN VP Kevin Wildes.

“I’ve had the wonderful experience of working directly with Michelle for several years and as predicted, she’s made a tremendous mark on NBA Countdown since joining the show in October. It’s very rare to find a commentator who can so masterfully combine intelligence, candor, and humor and she does it all while keeping her finger on the pulse of the NBA. Like a great point guard, she makes everyone around her better and we’re looking forward to this next chapter in Michelle’s career as she leads us forward on NBA Countdown.”

Beadle called the role the "best job in sports."

“The only thing better than working for Connor Schell and Kevin Wildes is being able to spend each day with all of the incredibly talented people at NBA Countdown and SportsNation. It’s the best job in sports. Did I mention that Kawhi Leonard is the M.V.P. of the league?”

Beadle, who first joined the Worldwide Leader back in 2009, returned to the network in 2014 after a short stint with NBC.