After months of controversy involving an internally-leaked telephone dialog, questions on administration, conversations about variety, fraught contract negotiations and the departure of two of the community’s prime feminine hosts, ESPN introduced on Friday a brand new present to switch its Rachel Nichols-fronted each day NBA flagship, The Jump.
The providing will probably be known as merely NBA Today and can inhabit roughly the identical time slot as The Jump. The present is to be hosted by ESPN’s ace NBA reporter — and frequent Jump fill-in frontwoman — Malika Andrews. The newly-minted present can even characteristic commentary from common Jump analysts Kendrick Perkins, Vince Carter and Zach Lowe in addition to reporting from Jump mainstays Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.
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An excited Andrews took to Twitter to rejoice the information, reposting the community’s tweet with “Let’s do this!”
Let’s do that! https://t.co/0qPXQMi5iF
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) September 20, 2021
In a press release launched by ESPN Andrews stated, “It’s an incredible time to cover the NBA – a league that is full of characters and stories that have resonance far beyond the sports world. Our goal every day is to deliver information and analysis to our viewers that can’t be gleaned anywhere else. I’m so excited to showcase the league and the talented reporters, analysts and insiders on our team.”
David Roberts — the community’s new Senior Vice President, NBA and Studio Production who has overseen the latest transitions in protection — had the next to say: “NBA Today will provide in-depth, comprehensive daily coverage of all aspects of the NBA. Malika, who is a phenomenally talented commentator, will run point on a show that will feature a vibrant cast of expert analysts who all offer distinct perspectives on the game. Through the contributions of our wide array of NBA reporters, the show will be both newsy and timely with an eye towards the biggest games around the league that day.”
NBA Today will air commonly on ESPN Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. ET. Its debut will probably be October 18 on ESPN2. The last episode of The Jump is slated for Friday, October 8.