A familiar face on ESPN will be the new full-time host of ABC and ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” telecasts. The company announced today that Michelle Beadle, who’s seen regularly on ESPN’s “SportsNation,” has the job.
Beadle will host the NBA pregame and halftime shows, along with all NBA studio coverage, for ABC and ESPN for the remainder of the regular season, continuing through the playoffs and including the NBA Finals, which will air on ABC.
Beadle commented in the announcement: “The only thing better than working for Connor Schell and Kevin Wildes is being able to spend each day with all of the incredibly talented people at ‘NBA Countdown’ and ‘SportsNation.’ It’s the best job in sports. Did I mention that Kawhi Leonard is the MVP of the league?”
Beadle will continue to serve as a co-host for “SportsNation,” which airs Monday-Friday on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. ET. Her new assignment will include hosting “NBA Countdown” for the season finale of “NBA Saturday Primetime” on ABC on April 8, at 8 p.m. ET.
Beadle joined “NBA Countdown” at the start of the current season, and has led ESPN’s regular Wednesday and Friday installments. She also hosted ABC’s “NBA Countdown” on Christmas Day.
Wildes, ESPN’s vice president for original content, commented: “I’ve had the wonderful experience of working directly with Michelle for several years and as predicted, she’s made a tremendous mark on ‘NBA Countdown’ since joining the show in October. It’s very rare to find a commentator who can so masterfully combine intelligence, candor and humor, and she does it all while keeping her finger on the pulse of the NBA. Like a great point guard, she makes everyone around her better and we’re looking forward to this next chapter in Michelle’s career as she leads us forward on ‘NBA Countdown.'”