First Take, featuring Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and host Molly Qerim, is moving from ESPN2 to ESPN starting January 3, 2017 according to ESPN Media Zone. The live two-hour program will continue to focus on the most compelling and entertaining topics of the day from the world of sports.
The two hours of SportsCenter currently airing on ESPN from 10 a.m. – noon will move to ESPN2, also on January 3rd. SportsCenter Face to Face, an interview-based program hosted by Hannah Storm, will air from 10a-11a.
The two-hour SportsCenter Coast to Coast, hosted by David Lloyd in Bristol and Cari Champion in Los Angeles, will air from 11a-12p ET on ESPN2. The second hour of SportsCenter Coast to Coast will stay on ESPN, with the exception of January 3-6 when the final week of His & Hers, hosted by Jemele Hill and Michael Smith, airs on ESPN from 12p-1p ET. Hill and Smith will become the co-anchors of the 6p ET SportsCenter on ESPN starting February 6, 2017.
“First Take and SportsCenter are two strong, complementary franchises airing on two strong, complementary platforms,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN executive vice president, programming and scheduling. “We have always demonstrated a willingness to take a fresh approach with our network schedules and this move is the latest example of that thinking.”
First Take and SportsCenter will both continue to be streamed live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. First Take will continue to be re-aired on ESPN2 each day.
The ESPN weekday morning lineup as of January 3:
6 am – SportsCenter (re-air)
7 am – SportsCenter:AM (live)
8 am – SportsCenter:AM (live)
9 am – SportsCenter:AM (live)
10 am – First Take (live)
Noon – SportsCenter Coast to Coast (live except January 3-6 when His & Hers airs on ESPN)
The ESPN2 weekday morning lineup as of January 3:
6 am – Mike & Mike
10 am – SportsCenter Face to Face (live)
11 am – SportsCenter Coast to Coast (live)