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ESPN promotes Elle Duncan to evening ‘SportsCenter,’ moves Sage Steele to daytime [Video]

ESPN announced another talent shakeup on Tuesday.

Anchor Elle Duncan, who has been on maternity leave, will take over for Sage Steele on the 6 p.m. ET “SportsCenter” alongside Kevin Negandhi. Steele will move to the noon “SportsCenter” slot in Duncan’s former role alongside Matt Barrie. The move will take place after the College Football Playoff in mid-January.

The swap is another maneuver spearheaded by ESPN executive vice president Norby Williamson, who oversaw a recent network radio shakeup that pushed the network toward more of a strict sports focus and away from pop culture and politics. The altered radio lineup cut an hour off of Dan LeBatard’s show and played a role in his recent decision to leave the network amid creative differences with the network.

Williamson addressed the “SportsCenter” swap in the network’s announcement Tuesday.

“We have a very talented and diverse set of voices on SportsCenter and a

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Longtime ‘SportsCenter’ Host Trey Wingo Leaves ESPN

One of ESPN’s longtime faces is leaving the network. Trey Wingo, who hosted “SportsCenter” and the network’s NFL Draft coverage over a two-decade tenure, is exiting the network after his contract was not renewed.

The decision not to re-up Wingo’s contract came as part of ESPN’s massive job cuts, the New York Post reported earlier this month (the NY Post also reported back in September that Wingo was being let go). The host’s departure was not confirmed until today, which is also his last day at the network.

“I can barely remember a day which didn’t involve working side by side with this guy. @wingoz has been an incredible teammate & friend for more than 2 decades. On today, his last day at ESPN, I along with many others, salute him and wish him all the best in his next chapter,” said Seth Markman, ESPN’s vice president of production

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Jemele Hill leaving ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter’ for The Undefeated

“Change happens when advertisers are impacted,” she tweeted. “If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers.”

The statement was interpreted by many to mean Hill was calling for boycotts of the NFL itself, which she denied.

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ESPN Issues Apology For Jemele Hill’s Twitter Rant

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ESPN issued a statement that Hill had been suspended for two weeks.

In September, ESPN and Hill had drawn public criticism after she tweeted her opinion that she considered President Donald Trump a “white supremacist.” When White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about Hill’s remarks, she called it a “a fireable offense.”

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Trump chimed in on Twitter.

“With

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ESPN Is Hosting A Special ‘SportsCenter’ On Monday

roger goodell speaks to nfl reporters
roger goodell speaks to nfl reporters

As professional sports leagues continue to work on returning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, ESPN will be hosting a special edition of SportsCenter on Monday night.

SportsCenter Special: The Return of Sports will be a two-hour event, according to a press release from ESPN. Mike Greenberg will host the broadcast, which will feature the commissioners of the six major American pro sports leagues: Rob Manfred (MLB), Don Garber (MLS), Adam Silver (NBA), Roger Goodell (NFL), Gary Bettman (NHL) and Cathy Engelbert (WNBA).

Additionally, current athletes Calais Campbell, Damian Lillard, Patrick Kane, Brianna Turner and Alejandro Bedoya will be heard from, as well as MLB manager Joe Maddon.

The show will begin at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Greenberg will speak with each league commissioner about his/her sport and the approach to return. Topics will include the health and safety of players and workers, the economic

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