ESPN's morning show "Get Up" might be getting some new additions. A new report says some of the network's most prominent football analysts are being considered for regular appearances.
According to The Big Lead's Bobby Burack, ESPN is looking to add a rotating cast of football analysts and on-air personalities to the "Get Up" for the upcoming season. There are "at least five names" being discussed internally.
It looks like the two biggest names are Adam Schefter and Paul Finebaum, per Burack.
There are at least five names being discussed, highlighted by Adam Schefter and Paul Finebaum.
The idea would be to have each personality assigned to a specific day of the week to join the regular cast of Mike Greenberg, Michelle Beadle, and Jalen Rose. ESPN could elect to use them as the fourth co-host or feature them in and out throughout the program. Making these recurring spots happening on the same day each week would give ESPN a mechanism to promote habits.
"Get Up," which is hosted by Jalen Rose, Michelle Beadle and Mike Greenberg, has struggled with ratings since its debut in the spring. Back in May, Sporting News' Michael McCarthy reported that "significant changes" could come to the show by football season.
McCarthy mentioned Ryan Clark, Booger McFarland and Damien Woody as potential rotating football experts in his May report, so perhaps those are the three names the Worldwide Leader is considering besides Schefter and Finebaum. All three make appearances on multiple ESPN shows, as do NFL analysts/reporters such as Tim Hasselbeck, Dianna Russini and Darren Woodson, but it is not known if those three or any others are being considered either.
Looking at Burack's report, this makes sense. Football is the most popular sport in America, and while Greenberg, Beadle and Rose have some knowledge on the sport, none of them would be considered experts. Schefter would give the program instant gravitas given how respected he is as a reporter, while Finebuam's SEC background and cult following might give ratings a boost.
Thus far, "Get Up" hasn't produced as ESPN hoped it would. But when you consider how much money the company has invested into the show and its three hosts, it makes sense to give it every chance to succeed.
Doing that means trying whatever it takes, and giving the show more football flavor in the fall counts as just that.