ESPN announced some major news for its television programming today. One of those announcements center on SportsNation.
Michelle Beadle, the shows host, is leaving. She's set to co-host the network's new morning show with Mike Greenberg and Jalen Rose.
That show, Get Up, will air from ESPN's new studio in Lower Manhattan. It's expected to debut later this spring.
This means SportsNation needs a new host. It has found one.
Cari Champion will be the new host of the show. It'll continue to feature Marcellus Wiley and LZ Granderson.
“SportsNation is a brand the company cares for deeply, and I’m excited to join a well-regarded show and also show another side of me,” said Champion. “As the only woman on the show, I’ve already let the guys know I’m going to bring the heat. This is an exciting time and I’m looking forward to the support from all involved! Teamwork makes the…you get the point. Cheers!”
Added, Richelle Markazene, SportsNation coordinating producer: “Michelle Beadle has been the significant driving force in SportsNation’s popularity and success and it is very difficult to say goodbye to her, but Cari Champion is one of the most talented personalities at ESPN and we are thrilled to have her on the SportsNation team. Cari will bring a new approach and energy to the show and we are excited to begin this new era of SportsNation with her.”
The show's new team will debut on March 12. It will air daily at 4 p.m. E.T.
You can view ESPN's full press release on the subject here.