Big changes started with ESPN’s dozens of layoffs, but the reshuffling continues with an official announcement on new programming, which will start in the fall.
Mike Greenberg will host his own new morning show on January 1, 2018, per ESPN.
Deviating from the norm, it appears Greenberg’s new show won’t follow the cookie-cutter SportsCenter format and may be more of an in-studio show.
The report notes the show will originate from a studio in Manhattan and will air live from 7-10 a.m. ET.
“Elements of the show are currently in development, but the program will feature a lively mix of news, opinion and analysis. Greenberg will be joined by several full-time co-hosts and a rotation of various guests and expert contributors, ensuring the top sports stories of the day are tackled from a wide range of viewpoints.”
Greenberg’s former Mike and Mike partner, Mike Golic, will remain on the radio with new partner Trey Wingo.
ESPN recently cut dozens of staffers as the worldwide leader continues to fight against cord cutters and rapidly declining subscribers. Based off a sit-down interview with Sporting News, Golic wasn’t exactly confident he’d make it through the cuts.
“I would imagine I would continue to do that show. We haven’t gotten that far, quite honestly, as to if the show is going to end, when it’s going to end, and when it ends, and if it does end, what’s going to happen with the show?” Golic told Sporting News in an interview. “I would imagine I would still be doing it. I would imagine I would be doing it with somebody else. Who that is? I don’t really know.”
Greenberg and Golic have been radio partners since 1998, making them one of the longest-running tandems in sports media. The end of their show would signal the end of one of the better pieces of ESPN programming, making this a large risk for the network.
Trey Wingo has been with ESPN since 1997 and recently headed the network’s coverage of the NFL Draft.