After being pulled from NBA Countdown, many assumed Sage Steele had fallen out of favor with ESPN executives. President John Skipper said that couldn’t be further from the truth and he remained confident in her future with the company.
It turns out, Skipper wasn’t lying.
Mike McMarthy of the Sporting News has learned that ESPN has bigger plans for Steele. She’s expected to return soon to Bristol to increase her television presence during mornings on the network. One scenario includes working as an anchor on Mike Greenberg’s new solo morning show. The other possibility is to feature Steele as an anchor on “SportsCenter” or whichever show the network puts on ESPN 2 in place of “Mike and Mike”. The radio program which has been simulcast on television for over a decade is expected to shift to a radio only presentation.
Although she has created headlines with a few of her positions, Steele is very talented and remains held in high regard at the network. The company signed her to a long-term contract in September 2016, and will be counting on her to play a vital role in strengthening their performance in mornings in the near future.