When ESPN announced a while back that it was moving its 10 p.m. PT/1 a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter to the new facilities in L.A. Live across from Staples Center, the question would be: Who’d be the lucky dudes who’d be hired to staff it.
Meaning, no more late nights in Bristol, Conn., and a nice slot in the Pacific Time Zone to work, and then go out and get hammered at the ESPN Zone they’ve just built.
Neil Everett and Stan Verrett, your Disney cruise ship has come in.
ESPN said today those two anchors will relocate starting in April.
With all ESPN good news, of course, comes a caviat.
“In addition,” the press release continues, “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.”
They couldn’t leave well enough alone. Had to send Mr. Boo-Yah out to cristen the launch.
Steve Anderson, ESPN executive vice president, news, talent & content operations, said in the release: “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.”
Be honest. Who wasn’t interested in the move?
“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 have 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. Why not just hold the Grammy Awards there next year?