The following is taken from Sports Illustrated‘s Richard Deitsch. I don’t know if Albert Belle was available for comment, but I suspect he’s a “Good Morning America” kinda guy, anyway.
In a reshaping of the network’s signature show, Hannah Storm is joining ESPN as the co-anchor of a new SportsCenter morning edition, SI.com has learned. The formal announcement is expected to come Tuesday morning in New York City at ESPN’s upfront presentation — the annual May event in which giddy television executives unveil to advertisers its future programming plans. Two additional extended morning SportsCenters are expected to follow the Storm-fronted show. “We’re declining comment,” said ESPN spokesperson Mike Soltys on Saturday.
Interestingly, the revamped SportsCenters will compete against the ESPN2 morning block of Mike & Mike In the Morning and First Take (perhaps Skip Bayless can debate himself on two networks.) Storm is expected to start sometime in the next couple of months.
I really couldn’t muster up any deep feelings about the above announcement until I imagined Chris Cotter screaming at his agent. At that point, I decided this was good news.