It was first reported by Mike McCarthy of the Sporting News last week, and has since been confirmed by the man himself – NBA Insider Chris Broussard is leaving ESPN in order to join Fox Sports 1. Broussard confirmed the news via a series of tweets.
The veteran NBA reporter is being counted on to strengthen Fox Sports’ NBA coverage. Although he will play a big role adding inside information to FS1’s NBA coverage, sources say that FS1 executive Jamie Horowitz wants to utilize Broussard more as an “opinionist” rather than as a traditional reporter. That has many wondering if Horowitz envisions a larger role for Broussard. FS1 is said to be in the planning stages of launching a future morning program. Whether or not Broussard is part of that plan remains to be seen.
After learning of Broussard’s plans to exit, ESPN sent a statement to the Sporting News which said: “While we attempted to re-sign Chris, we want to thank him for his contributions to our NBA coverage and wish him the best,” said ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz. “We have an impressive array of NBA voices who will continue to help make our NBA coverage thrive.”
Broussard becomes the latest ex-ESPNer to depart Bristol, CT for Los Angeles, CA. Skip Bayless, Jason Whitlock, Colin Cowherd and Erin Andrews are among the other notable names to make a similar jump.
With Broussard gone, ESPN will still be in strong shape for the upcoming NBA season. The network recently re-signed respected reporters Marc Stein and Zach Lowe, and analyst Hubie Brown. They also added former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen as an analyst. Plus they have Marc Spears contributing to The Undefeated, who also has a strong background in reporting on the NBA.