Intentional Talk’s run on ESPN2 is officially over. The move isn’t a surprise to anyone. These talks have been in the works since the end of the 2018 baseball season according to The New York Post. The show will continue to air on MLB Network.
It was a strange arrangement that allowed Intentional Talk to air on both the MLB Network and ESPN2 in the afternoons. It was meant to supplement the World Wide Leader’s baseball coverage when Baseball Tonight lost its daily slot last season.
With rumors and discussions about Baseball Tonight returning to a daily format swirling, it makes sense that programming that originates from a competitor would no longer have a spot on ESPN2’s lineup. Special editions of Baseball Tonight will air from Las Vegas on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week in Intentional Talk’s old 4:30pm time slot. That wouldn’t be the long-term plan for a new daily edition of Baseball Tonight though.
Andrew Marchand reports that a daily return for Baseball Tonight isn’t set in stone, but ESPN is looking at the show airing in a nighttime slot. The hold up is in the viewing habits of baseball fans. As ESPN has leaned into football and basketball coverage, baseball fans have learned they can always get coverage of their favorite sport on MLB Network.