Last week ESPN laid off an estimated 100 employees. This week, they’re handing out contract extensions like candy on Halloween.
First, Dari Nowkhah has agreed to a multi-year deal to continue as a studio host on the SEC Network. He’ll also remain involved as Mel Kiper’s radio partner on ESPN Radio’s “Dari & Mel” show, and provide play-by-play for select basketball and baseball games.
With Nowkhah’s situation resolved, SEC Now is able to move forward without any contractual concerns. The show’s other two hosts, Peter Burns and Laura Rutledge, previously re-signed with the company.
Julie Foudy is also the recipient of a new multi-year agreement. Foudy made her ESPN debut in 1998 and has worked full-time for the network since 2005.
Under the terms of her new agreement, she’ll cover major events for espnW and ESPN, and continue her multi-faceted role as ESPN’s lead women’s soccer analyst and studio analyst/reporter for select global soccer events. Foudy will also remain involved as a contributor to the E:60 newsmagazine and Outside the Lines.
Last but not least, Don Van Natta Jr. has inked a new multi-year contract with ESPN. The Pulitzer-winning journalist will remain involved as a contributor to Outside The Lines, and continue as a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com.
Van Natta Jr. spent 16 years working as an investigative correspondent for the New York Times prior to joining ESPN in 2012. He is the author of three books, two of which were bestsellers.