The turbulence continues at ESPN, where lineup changes have been in full swing for a while now. In the latest development, Philly.com is reporting that the network is ready to break up the “Mike & Mike” team of Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic.
The two Mikes have been paired on the radio for almost two decades and have been filling large chunks of the morning programming with their topical sports talk on various ESPN TV channels since 2004.
“According to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, ESPN executives are moving forward with a long-rumored plan to remove Greenberg from the popular Mike and Mike radio program and shift him to a new morning show on the network that will combine elements of ‘SportsCenter’ with a typical morning show,” Philly.com reports.
ESPN wasn’t commenting, and the topic was not mentioned on today’s show. No timeframe is known for any possible changes.
“‘Mike & Mike’ currently airs weekdays on ESPN Radio from 6–10 a.m. and is simulcast on ESPN2,” Philly.com notes. “Greenberg recently signed a new deal with The Worldwide Leader that reportedly pays him $6.5 million a year.”
The report adds: “It would be a big move for ESPN, and carries a good deal of risk. Not only has ‘Mike & Mike’ been one of ESPN’s most successful and long-running programs (not to mention a significant source of revenue), the ratings of ESPN2’s simulcast of ‘Mike & Mike’ often top the 3-hour average ratings for ‘SportsCenter’ on ESPN from 6-10 a.m.”
ESPN recently moved another of its morning mainstays, the sports debate show “First Take,” from ESPN2 to the main network. The show, featuring Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman, currently airs on ESPN from 10 a.m.-noon ET.