ESPN has come to terms on a multi-year agreement with Keyshawn Johnson that includes a multi-faceted new role on television and ESPN Radio according to the company’s media zone website. The former wide receiver will work as a Los Angeles-based NFL analyst and become a regular daily host for ESPNLA 710 AM, ESPN’s owned radio station in Los Angeles.
Barrett Sports Media first revealed that Johnson was on the radar of ESPNLA 710 in mid-August, and announced on Monday that he’d be part of a morning show with Jorge Sedano. The Big Lead added that ESPN personality LZ Granderson will also be part of the new local morning show. With Sedano departing the ESPN Radio network to join the company’s owned and operated radio station in Los Angeles, Sarah Spain is expected to take his place alongside Israel Gutierrez.
In his new analyst role, Johnson will appear on SportsCenter and ESPN’s NFL shows from the company’s Los Angeles Production Center. He will also contribute features for Sunday NFL Countdown. Johnson’s first appearance in his new position will be Tuesday, Sept. 6, on SportsCenter.
“This opportunity represents the best of both worlds for me – having the chance to continue to talk about the NFL and other sports on ESPN, now in my 10th year with the company, while working in LA where I live year-round,” said Johnson, who grew up in Los Angeles and starred in college at USC. “Being a part of the Sunday and Monday Countdown shows in Bristol was a dream-come-true. At this point in my life, with my son going to college next year and still having two young kids at home, this is just a great fit for me and my family.”
“Having a Los Angeles-based analyst for SportsCenter and our NFL studio shows is long overdue and Keyshawn is a perfect fit for this role,” said Seth Markman, ESPN senior coordinating producer, NFL studio shows. “An LA native and current resident, Keyshawn will be a major contributor to our year-round coverage from the West Coast, especially during the NFL’s first season back in Southern California with the Rams’ return.”