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Report: SportsCenter's John Buccigross To Become A TV Free Agent

John Buccigross and Scott Van Pelt at a desk.

ESPN could be losing one of its most high-profile SportsCenter anchors.

John Buccigross is set to become a TV free agent, according to a report by Sporting News.

The 52-year-old anchor's contract expires this summer. The hockey enthusiast has been with ESPN for more than 20 years.

From Sporting News:

Buccigross' contract with ESPN expires July 1. The 20-year veteran of the network would prefer to stay with the sports cable giant.

"It would take a special package to get me to leave on my own terms," he told Sporting News in an exclusive interview.

He also knows business is business, especially when ESPN is losing millions of subscribers in today's cord-cutting TV environment.

"I'm not stressed," said Buccigross, 52, who joined ESPN in 1996. "Whatever happens, happens."

Buccigross, who has nearly 400K followers on Twitter, could be a significant addition to another network.

How ESPN handles his negotiations will be a good indication of how the network is going to operate with its talent going forward. ESPN is reportedly expected to cut a number of high-profile employees in an attempt to slash its budget moving forward.

[Sporting News]