According to Michael McCarthy of The Sporting News, Mike Greenberg’s new ESPN morning show might be delayed months. The television show was expected to debut on January 1, 2018, but the network’s new studios in South Street Seaport won’t be ready in time. They could start broadcasting from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, CT, but if they decide to wait for South Street Seaport, we won’t be seeing Greeny’s new show until the spring.
ESPN hasn’t regularly filmed a show in Manhattan since “Olbermann” was canceled in 2015. Prior to that, “Cold Pizza” and Stephen A. Smith’s “Quite Frankly” were also filmed in New York, until the latter was canceled and “Cold Pizza was moved to Bristol, re-branded as “First Take.”
After months of speculation, ESPN announced in May, Greenberg would leave the radio airwaves for TV. That would bring to an end his run on Mike and Mike in the Morning after 18 years. The duo’s final radio show will take place on November 17th. Co-host Mike Golic will continue on the radio with his son, Mike Golic Jr., and longtime ESPN host, Trey Wingo.
Last month, ESPN announced Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose would join Greenberg for the new morning television show. The addition of a football analyst is also likely, with Damien Woody and Booger McFarland mentioned as top candidates.
Other networks have attempted to steal viewers from ESPN by creating shows with more debate and conversation than the traditional SportsCenter. The morning show is part of ESPN’s new model to invest and build their weekday programming around Greenberg’s show in the morning and SC6 in the evening hours. Unfortunately, it looks as though sports fans will have to wait awhile longer for the 7am-9am show.