ESPN appears to be implementing a significant shift in priorities following layoffs that gutted much of the network’s on-air lineup, and at the same time the network is looking to establish a new beachhead on Sunday mornings.
Veteran sports journalist Bob Ley made the rounds of the ESPN morning shows today along with Jeremy Schaap to pump up this Sunday’s debut of the revamped sports newsmagazine “E:60” in its new permanent time slot at 9 a.m. ET. The move is seen as part of an increasing commitment by ESPN to long-form journalism, even as its “SportsCenter” franchise continues its metamorphosis into a more personality-driven form of entertainment.
Ley and Schaap will host the new “E:60” live, with the show prominently featuring ESPN’s acclaimed “Outside the Lines” in-depth features as the staffs of “E:60” and “Outside the Lines” are combined.
“E:60” has previously aired in prime time, but did not have a regular slot and was often bumped from the lineup in favor of live sports coverage. In its new slot, the show will reportedly bump the longtime “Sports Reporters” panel show.
Here’s a clip of Ley and Schaap on this morning’s “First Take” along with show regulars Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Molly Querim, discussing plans for the new “E:60” and other topical sports issues …