First Take “Two-a-Days” Begin July 2 with Morning Editions and Afternoon NBA Free Agency Specials all Week

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First Take “Two-a-Days” Begin July 2 with Morning Editions and Afternoon NBA Free Agency Specials all Week

Former The Bachelorette Star Rachel Lindsay will Guest Host Mornings

ESPN’s First Take will have a week of “Two-a-Days” beginning Monday, July 2, with a morning edition from 10 a.m. – Noon ET on ESPN2, followed by NBA Free Agency specials live from 4:30-6 p.m. ET on ESPN*. Host Molly Qerim and commentators Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman – will discuss the biggest storylines coming off the NBA Draft, as well as debating the prospective new teams for available free agents like LeBron James, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins, and more. The 90-minute NBA Free Agency specials will air on July 2, 3, 5 and 6.

Former star of ABC’s The Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay, will host the morning programs with a rotating group of commentators including Will Cain, Domonique Foxworth, Ryan Hollins and Jason Fitz. Lindsay was a contestant on the 21st season of ABC’s The Bachelor before moving on as the 13th Bachelorette in 2017. A graduate of the University of Texas, Lindsay also obtained her law degree from Marquette University. An avid basketball fan, she has previously guested on First Take when the show was on the road in her home state of Texas.

“The NBA is a year-round sport,” said David Roberts, vice president, network content. “We are expanding our live programming to reinforce First Take’s commitment to being the first choice for lively debate and entertainment discussion on any major developments throughout the league – mornings and afternoons. With free agency up next, First Take will examine every angle through the two shows.”

First Take airs weekdays from 10 a.m. – Noon ET on ESPN. The program is regularly one of ESPN’s highest-rated shows and consistently is the No. 1-ranked cable network from the 10 a.m. – Noon ET timeslot.

*No special will air on July 4

Date Time (ET) Program
Mon, Jul 2 10 a.m.-Noon First Take
Rachel Lindsay, Will Cain, Domonique Foxworth, Ryan Hollins
  4:30-6 p.m. First Take: NBA Free Agency Special
Molly Qerim, Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman
Tue, Jul 3 10 a.m.-Noon First Take
Rachel Lindsay, Jason Fitz, Domonique Foxworth, Ryan Hollins
  4:30-6 p.m. First Take: NBA Free Agency Special
Molly Qerim, Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman
Wed, Jul 4 10 a.m.-Noon First Take
Rachel Lindsay, Domonique Foxworth, Ryan Hollins
Thu, Jul 5 10 a.m.-Noon First Take
Rachel Lindsay, Jason Fitz, Ryan Hollins
  4:30-6 p.m. First Take: NBA Free Agency Special
Molly Qerim, Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman
Fri, Jul 6 10 a.m.-Noon First Take
Rachel Lindsay, Jason Fitz, Ryan Hollins
  4:30-6 p.m. First Take: NBA Free Agency Special
Molly Qerim, Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman

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