ESPN L.A. Gets Its Crew

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

ESPN has been planning for a little over a year now, to move a team out to Los Angeles, and have them do the late night Sports Center from a fabulous new facility. Well, that facility is just about complete, and today ESPN announced who was leaving the beautiful state of Connecticut and heading to La La Land.

ESPN’s anchor team for the 1 a.m. ET (10 p.m. PT) edition of SportsCenter, which will originate live five days a week from the network’s new, state-of-the-art production facility in Los Angeles beginning in April, will feature longtime SportsCenter anchors Neil Everett and Stan Verrett. They will relocate to California from Connecticut to serve as co-hosts of the show. In addition, Stuart Scott, who has been one of ESPN’s most prominent studio anchors for 15 years with roles on SportsCenter, and the network’s NBA and NFL coverage, will also be hosting a select number of shows throughout the year from Los Angeles, including the premiere on Monday, April 6.

Steve Anderson, ESPN executive vice president, news, talent & content operations said, “One of ESPN's strengths is the breadth and depth of our lineup of commentators, and we're fortunate that Stan and Neil, longtime SportsCenter veterans, were interested in making the move to Los Angeles. Both are terrific writers with an energetic and entertaining approach. We’re very pleased to have them as our late SportsCenter team and to lead this new, important effort.”

ESPN’s new facility will feature three production control rooms, two master control rooms; eight craft edit suites, a music room, a voiceover room and two studios totaling more than 12,300 square feet. ESPN’s owned & operated L.A.-based radio station will be relocating to the new facility in an adjacent building. Additional ESPN content will originate from this facility over time. This facility is held by ESPN subsidiary Los Angeles Cable Sports Productions, LLC.
Great. Stuart Scott has even more access to crappy West Coast Rappers. I fully expected Snoop Dogg to be an anchor by mid-August.


And Lil Wayne will serve as an analyst for all sports.

JFein said...
Feb 18, 2009, 11:17:00 AM  

That said will there be a VIP section for Young Moolah to bring his Winn-Dixie bag full of money? BOO-YAH!

Sorry, I couldn't resist...

Chris in Tampa said...
Feb 18, 2009, 11:19:00 AM  

Oh great, Stu Scott moves closer to me.

49er16 said...
Feb 18, 2009, 11:20:00 AM  

Stuart Scott has even more access to crappy 90's rockers.

/Edwin McCain'd

Feb 18, 2009, 11:28:00 AM  

RJBO, you may also insert "Soul Asylum".

GMoney said...
Feb 18, 2009, 12:05:00 PM  

ok so Everett and Van Pelt are great together and VP hates Connecticut but they send Stan Verett to LA?

Rob said...
Feb 18, 2009, 8:27:00 PM  

It sucks Verett is moving to L.A., he is terrible! He barely holds his own on ESPN News. With a west coast emphasis on the 1am SC, they should do a SportsCenter morning show from like 7am to 9am. I would love to see guys like Jon Buccigross and Steve Berthiaume in an increased role like that. The other twist is how they will juggle VanPelt, Levy, Anderson, Cohn, and Buccigross all in the 11pm chairs. Seems like an overall questionable move by ESPN...

Jeremy said...
Feb 18, 2009, 10:57:00 PM  

the house that simmons built

Charles said...
Feb 18, 2009, 11:52:00 PM  

@Jeremy: Agreed on John Buccigross, but Steve Perfume can't leave for the West Coast without Cindy Brunson.

VP hates Connecticut but they send Stan Verett to LA?

Then those Bud Selig comments didn't just cost SVP a radio gig suspension.

Feb 19, 2009, 1:23:00 AM  

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