ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” is ending its incredible run later this year, and while we already know how Mike Golic will transition away from the show with Trey Wingo, Mike Greenberg’s future, specifically his new, big-time morning show has been more of a mystery.
A lot is still reportedly yet to be decided, but according to the Sporting News, ESPN is going after Fox Sports star Charissa Thompson to fill on the co-host slots on Greenberg’s new show.
Via Sporting News:
“ESPN is targeting Charissa Thompson of Fox Sports to join Mike Greenberg on his new morning show, sources tell Sporting News.”
“Thompson is described as a top ESPN target to join Greenberg on his New York-based morning show that launches Jan. 1, 2018.”
In April, Sporting News was reporting that ESPN was targeting Sage Steele for the spot, but obviously things have changed.
Sporting News’ earlier report on Sage Steele being a possibility
To that end, Michael McCarthy of the Sporting News brings word that Steele could be joining Mike Greenberg in something of an unlikely partnership for the morning.
Steele could join Mike Greenberg on his new solo morning show that will air on ESPN, said sources.The new “Greeny & Friends”-type show will be shot in New York. If ESPN is willing to break up the 17-year partnership between Greenberg and Golic, you better believe the Worldwide Leader in Sports is going to throw massive marketing support behind Greenberg’s new program.
That isn’t the only possibility, though, as McCarthy also floats that Steele could be assigned opposite Greenberg on ESPN2 in the same (or similar) time slot.
Steele also could slide into a morning “SportsCenter” anchor slot on whatever programming replaces the current “Mike & Mike in the Morning” on ESPN2. “Mike & Mike” will likely morph into a radio-only show with Trey Wingo teaming up with Golic in place of Greenberg.