Hour-long SportsCenter Added at Noon ET; HIGH NOON Moves to 4 p.m.
Beginning September 11, ESPN will showcase a new afternoon programming schedule designed to enhance and evolve the total-day presentation. The changes will include the addition of a live SportsCenter from noon to 1 p.m. ET and HIGH NOON shifting to a 30-minute format at 4 p.m. As a result of the modifications, the last edition of SportsNation (which previously aired at 4 p.m.) will be Friday, Aug. 24.
ESPN host Cari Champion will return to SportsCenter, co-anchoring the noon ET “Coast to Coast” edition from Los Angeles, along with Bristol, Conn.-based anchor David Lloyd. LZ Granderson, who worked on SportsNation with Champion, will continue to co-host a weekday radio program for ESPNLA 710 and contribute to other ESPN shows.
HIGH NOON, presented from ESPN’s New York Seaport District Studios, features commentary from co-hosts Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre.
Specifically during the football season, ESPN’s Monday schedule will include an expanded 90-minute SportsCenter leading into additional NFL-focused studio shows and commentary programs.
“We really like what we have with Bomani, Pablo, and HIGH NOON,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN Executive Vice President, Production and Executive Editor. “This move will provide a better time slot for HIGH NOON, grouping shows of similar genre in a strong, two-hour block.
“Additionally, SportsCenter is healthy and thriving. We are excited to return this successful franchise into the noon window.”
Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Scheduling, added, “Our research suggests that from a total day perspective, these changes will best serve sports fans and optimize the ESPN schedule.”
Regarding SportsNation, Williamson shared, “SportsNation has been a staple of our afternoon lineup for years and while we felt it was time for a change, the collection of talented, creative people and content associated with that show has been extremely impressive and groundbreaking in many ways.”
While some of the changes will take place in pockets prior to September 11, due to various live event commitments, the full new weekday schedule won’t debut until September 11.
The ESPN weekday schedule (as of September 11) follows:
|SportsCenter: Coast to Coast
|Outside the Lines
|Around the Horn
During football season only, the typical Monday ESPN schedule will be:
|Around the Horn
|Monday Night Countdown