ESPN announced SportsCenter anchor Nicole Briscoe signed a multi-year deal to remain with the network.
“Nicole is a very talented and professional anchor and we’re very happy she’ll be staying with us for years to come,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN Executive Vice President and Executive Editor, Studio Production. “She brings a unique personality and presence to SportsCenter and anything else she does for us.
With her new multi-year contract, Briscoe will continue as a SportsCenter anchor and expand her role by hosting ABC’s broadcast of the Indianapolois 500. Briscoe will anchor the pre and post-race shows, as well as set the scene for viewers returning from breaks during the live race.
For Briscoe, the added motorsports responsibility is a return to her roots. Prior to joining ESPN, Briscoe spent two years as a sports reporter for WISH-TV in Indianapolis from 2004-2006. During her time in Indiana, Briscoe also worked as a pit reporter for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Network.
Briscoe also spent two years as co-host of The Speed Report on the Speed Channel. Joining ESPN in 2008 to host the daily show NASCAR Now on ESPN 2, she also hosted NASCAR Countdown before ESPN stopped coverage of live NASCAR races in 2014. Known as Nicole Manske when she started at ESPN, the Illinois native who attended high school with Danica Patrick married racing driver Ryan Briscoe in 2009.
“I feel like this homecoming is a long time coming,” she said. “The Speedway has played such an important role in my life, professionally and personally. I cannot wait to be back and part of the 500” said Briscoe.
In 2015 Briscoe began her role as a SportsCenter anchor, also contributing to ESPN’s coverage of Major League Baseball the X-Games and other studio shows.
“The next couple of years will be fun, to be a part of the growing and changing sports world. I’m proud to call ESPN my home,” added Briscoe.