Pasadena, Calif. -- On the eve of ESPN's 30th anniversary on Sept. 7, network veteran
sportscasters Chris Berman, Bob Ley and John Saunders will host a special
edition of SportsCenter.
The 90-minute show, announced during the network's Television
Critics Association press tour presentation Wednesday, will premiere Sept. 6 at 11:30
p.m., and will primarily focus on the sports news of the day but will also include
retrospective segments on three decades of ESPN. Ley and
Berman joined the network in its first year, while Saunders came to the network
"These ESPN pillars are three of the most respected professionals
in our business," said Norby Williamson, ESPN's executive vice
president, production. "Their contributions to ESPN are endless, and
it's great to have them together on this special day."
The network is also prepping for its ambitious 30 For 30 documentary series featuring sports
stories for the past 30 years told through the eyes of top movie producers and
actors such as John Singleton, Ice Cube, Peter Berg and Steve James, all of
whom appeared during the TCA presentation.
Other filmmakers joining the project include Morgan Freeman, Lori
McCreary, Alex Gibney and Frank Marshall. Also, producing individual sports
stories are the production trios of Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville and Jeff
Tremaine, and Steve Michaels, Joel Surnow and Jonathan Koch, said the network.
The documentary series will launch in October and will run through
December 2010, according to Keith Clinkscales, ESPN senior vice president of
content development and enterprises.