Among the dozens and dozens of ESPN cuts was anticipated to be anchor John Buccigross.
His contract was set to expire in the summer, but things have changed in Bristol, according to a new release from the network:
“Longtime SportsCenter anchors Steve Levy, Kenny Mayne, John Anderson and John Buccigross have signed new deals to continue with ESPN and will be the hosts of the 11 p.m. ET SportsCenter. For the first time in nearly a decade, Mayne will anchor from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., studios on a recurring basis beginning June 5. Two of the four will host most weeknight editions of the program as well as some weekends, and the new deals assure the creative core of SportsCenter’s signature postgame experience will remain intact for years to come.”
Buccigross joined ESPN in 1996 as an anchor of SportsCenter, penning the occasional column.
ESPN trimmed tens of millions of staff salary as the worldwide leader continues to fight against cord cutters and rapidly declining subscribers.
Buccigross’s contract was set to expire on July 1.
He’s one of the few personalities rumored to be let go to actually stay on board.