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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:57 am    Post subject: Sage Steele to host ABC's and ESPN's NBA Countdown

Happy to see a local product get such an opportunity

http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2013/10/sage-steele-to-host-abcs-and-espns-nba-countdown/

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Sage Steele to Host ABC’s and ESPN’s NBA Countdown

New Role Part of Multi-Year Extension with ESPN
ESPN today announced it has reached a multi-year extension with versatile on-air personality Sage Steele. Per the agreement, Steele will take on a new role at ESPN, hosting the Friday and Sunday editions of NBA Countdown – ESPN’s and ABC’s NBA pre-game show. She’ll help form the Friday and Sunday Countdown team with ESPN newcomer and veteran analyst Doug Collins and returning analysts Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons. The Countdown quartet will make its debut on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. (The Wednesday NBA Countdown team will consist of Rose, Doris Burke and Avery Johnson and debut Nov. 13).
Sage Steele:
“I’m thrilled to continue my career at ESPN and to embark on this exciting, new challenge. I love the NBA, and like millions of other fans, I’m looking forward to the season tipoff and to guiding some great discussion from our expert analysts.”
John Wildhack, ESPN Executive Vice President, Production:
“Sage is a dynamic, engaging personality and an avid follower of the NBA. She has a proven track record hosting our NBA coverage, and, on Countdown, she’ll help facilitate insightful discussion amongst her new teammates Doug Collins, Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons.”
In addition to NBA Countdown, Steele will continue to appear on SportsCenter and will also contribute to ESPN’s on-site NBA coverage during the NBA Finals. For the previous two years, she has hosted on-site SportsCenter coverage at the NBA Finals and this year she hosted ESPN’s coverage of NBA Summer League 2013 from Las Vegas.
Steele has worked on a range of assignments since joining ESPN in 2007. In addition to SportsCenter and NBA, she has hosted the Scripps National Spelling Bee every year since 2010. She has also contributed to ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike, First Take, SportsNation and other studio programming.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:39 pm    Post subject:

Sage speaks like she has a mouth full of marbles...nice personality, nice lady, but I can't stand to physically listen to her.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:05 pm    Post subject:

Sage Steele is a pretty face but IMO Jemele Hill is more knowledgeable and better equipped to hold her own. Anyone who can cause SAS to zip it gets my vote.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 6:05 pm    Post subject:

http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2016/09/expanded-roles-three-prominent-espn-commentators-sage-steele-michelle-beadle-doris-burke/

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Expanded Roles for Three Prominent ESPN Commentators: Sage Steele, Michelle Beadle & Doris Burke




ESPN today announced expanded roles for three of its most prominent commentators: Sage Steele, Michelle Beadle and Doris Burke.

Michelle Beadle joins NBA Countdown

Michelle Beadle will join ESPN’s NBA Countdown – the company’s NBA pre-game show – as the host on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the season, beginning with NBA preseason coverage this October. Beadle has guest-hosted NBA Countdown previously. The avid NBA fan and popular ESPN commentator will continue her position as co-host for SportsNation – the daily, fan-driven commentary program. Weeknight editions of NBA Countdown will expand to one-hour shows and air Wednesdays and Fridays on ESPN, preceding NBA doubleheaders.

Sage Steele adds lead role for SportsCenter on The Road to her NBA Countdown responsibilities

Sage Steele will continue to serve as the host of the weekend editions of NBA Countdown, preceding NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC – the national NBA game of the week – and the popular ABC NBA Sunday Showcase series.

Steele will expand her current role to serve as the lead host for SportsCenter on the Road – SportsCenter’s on-site programming initiative. Steele, one of ESPN’s most recognizable and talented personalities, will begin this role in October, providing live, on-site coverage at the most significant sports events throughout the year, including the MLB World Series, the Super Bowl, the College Football Playoff and College Football National Championship, the Men’s Final Four, the Masters, and more. Steele’s new SportsCenter role is an integral part of an expanded SportsCenter on the Road initiative.

Doris Burke to expand game analyst role

Doris Burke will expand her role as an NBA and men’s and women’s college basketball game analyst this season. Burke, who is recognized as one of the industry’s most respected and knowledgeable basketball commentators, will be a regular ESPN NBA game analyst, while increasing her men’s and women’s college basketball analyst assignments as well. Burke will also continue to serve as an NBA sideline reporter and analyst for the NCAA Women’s Final Four. More details on Burke’s new role will be available in the coming weeks.

Last season, Wednesday and Friday editions of NBA Countdown were hosted by Burke or Steele.

Connor Schell, ESPN senior vice president, original content:

“Michelle and Sage are two of ESPN’s most authentic and charismatic voices. They are gifted broadcasters who enlighten and entertain sports fans. We are confident that with Michelle and Sage in these expanded roles, two of our most important shows, NBA Countdown and SportsCenter, have gotten stronger.”

Stephanie Druley, ESPN senior vice president, events and studio production:

“Doris brings instant credibility to any event she’s working on. Her depth of basketball knowledge, whether it be pro or college, men’s or women’s, is truly second-to-none. Her expanded game analyst role will make our coverage smarter and better.”
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 4:56 am    Post subject:

What about Cassidy?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:55 pm    Post subject:

jodeke wrote:
Sage Steele is a pretty face but IMO Jemele Hill is more knowledgeable and better equipped to hold her own. Anyone who can cause SAS to zip it gets my vote.


Meh. I take Ros Gold-Onwude over her 8days a week but to each his own. Completely agree with Jemele Hill part. She's much more insightful and gives thoughtful analysis. Not sure she'd be a good host. She's more a analyst, you need high energy for hosting.

God I miss NBA on nbc. When's the ESPN contract over. They suck at bball.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:01 pm    Post subject:

http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2017/04/michelle-beadle-named-full-time-abc-espn-nba-countdown-host/

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Michelle Beadle Named Full-Time ABC & ESPN NBA Countdown Host

Beadle to Lead Pre-game and Halftime Shows for the NBA Finals on ABC, Throughout NBA Playoffs

ESPN today announced that Michelle Beadle has been named the full-time host of NBA Countdown on ABC and ESPN. In this role, Beadle will lead the company’s NBA pre-game and halftime shows, including for the NBA Finals on ABC. She will also host ESPN’s and ABC’s studio coverage throughout the NBA Playoffs, which includes ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the Western Conference Finals.

Michelle Beadle:

“The only thing better than working for Connor Schell and Kevin Wildes is being able to spend each day with all of the incredibly talented people at NBA Countdown and SportsNation. It’s the best job in sports. Did I mention that Kawhi Leonard is the M.V.P. of the league?”

Beadle will host the remaining regular-season editions of NBA Countdown on ESPN and ABC, including for the season finale of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC on April 8, at 8 p.m. ET. She will also continue to serve as a co-host for SportsNation, which airs Monday-Friday on ESPN at 3:30 p.m.

Kevin Wildes, ESPN vice president, original content:

“I’ve had the wonderful experience of working directly with Michelle for several years and as predicted, she’s made a tremendous mark on NBA Countdown since joining the show in October. It’s very rare to find a commentator who can so masterfully combine intelligence, candor, and humor and she does it all while keeping her finger on the pulse of the NBA. Like a great point guard, she makes everyone around her better and we’re looking forward to this next chapter in Michelle’s career as she leads us forward on NBA Countdown.”

Beadle joined NBA Countdown at the start of the current season, and has led ESPN’s regular Wednesday and Friday episodes. She also hosted ABC’s NBA Countdown on Christmas Day.
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