ESPN announced this afternoon that it is cancelling one of its longest-running afternoon shows and moving one of its newer shows to a different time block.
The news, first reported by SportsBusinessJournal’s John Ourand, is that SportsNation, is being cancelled. The show, which has been on for nearly a decade, will come to an end later this month.
SportsNation, which was originally hosted by Colin Cowherd and Michelle Beadle, has gone through quite a roster change over the years. Max Kellerman left to co-host First Take and Michelle Beadle left to co-host Get Up! Marcellus Wiley, meanwhile, is leaving for Fox Sports 1.
The show’s current hosts, Cari Champion and LZ Granderson, will be moved to different roles within the network.
Here’s more, from SportsBusinessJournal:
ESPN is canceling “SportsNation,” the nine-year-old afternoon show that launched by using social media to focus on trending sports stories. The series’ last episode is Aug. 24. The move comes as part of a reshuffling of ESPN’s afternoon block of programming that will see “High Noon” move from 12:00pm ET to 4:00pm and “SportsCenter” taking over the 12:00-1:00pm hour. The changes will take effect Sept. 11, after Little League World Series and U.S. Open programming.
“SportsNation” launched in ’09 with Colin Cowherd and Michelle Beadle as hosts and became a staple of ESPN’s afternoon lineup. Host Marcellus Wiley last month left ESPN for Fox, and ESPN execs decided that the series that highlighted social media fads had run its course. “Its time had come,” ESPN Exec VP & Exec Editor/Studio Production Norby Williamson said. “This is not an assessment of the show’s current staff. It was performing okay.”
As ESPN said, High Noon, which debuted earlier this summer, is moving to the 4 p.m. hour. That show is co-hosted by Pablo Torre and Bomani Jones. It’s unclear if it’ll still be called “High Noon” even though it won’t be airing at noon.