Sage Steele to Lead Expanded ESPN Initiative as Part of Multi-Year Contract Extension
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Sage Steele to Lead Expanded ESPN Initiative as Part of Multi-Year Contract Extension

Sage Steele
Sage Steele

Sage Steele, one of ESPN’s most recognizable and popular personalities, will become the lead host for an expanded SportsCenter on the Road initiative as part of a multi-year contract extension she inked with the network, that will see her play a larger on-air role with the company.

“SportsCenter on the Road has been a big success and we’re excited about making it even bigger,” said Rob King, ESPN senior vice president, SportsCenter and News. “We’re overjoyed that Sage Steele will be carrying the mantle for SportsCenter on the Road at some of the biggest sports events across the country. She’s someone fans really relate to and is a tremendous ambassador for sports and ESPN.”

“ESPN has been my home for nearly a decade, and to have the chance to ensure that it remains my home for the long-term future absolutely means the world to me,” said Steele. “Our SportsCenter on the Road priority initiative is the perfect fit – bring viewers inside all of the biggest sporting events while truly being in my element live and on-site, where all the action takes place. To be able to combine that new role with my continued role as host of NBA Countdown on ABC is an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up and I can’t wait to get started.”

SportsCenter on the Road, which brings ESPN’s signature news and information program out of the studio and to sports events, will add more locations to its schedule over the next year. The initiative, which includes traveling anchors, crew and a set to events, began in early 2015 and has originated SportsCenter programs from more than 30 locations.

At events for SportsCenter on the Road, Steele will anchor daytime and pre-game coverage from a set at the location. At various events throughout the year, anchors Jay Crawford and Michael Eaves, as well as ESPN bureau reporters and analysts, will join her in reporting from the events.

Matt Barrie and Sara Walsh will continue to host SportsCenter on the Road programs on weekends from College Football games and other locations, with SportsCenter anchor Zubin Mehenti also on site at selected College Football games.

Anchors from nighttime editions of SportsCenter will in most cases continue to host post-game coverage from SportsCenter on the Road game sites. The post-game anchors will include John Anderson, John Buccigross, Neil Everett, Steve Levy, Scott Van Pelt, Stan Verrett and others.

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