First Take Moves to ESPN January 3


First Take, ESPN’s lively weekday morning studio debate show featuring Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and host Molly Qerim, will move to ESPN at 10 a.m. ET beginning Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. The live two-hour program will continue to focus on the most compelling and entertaining topics of the day from the world of sports.

The two hours of SportsCenter currently airing on ESPN from 10 a.m. - noon will move to ESPN2, also on January 3. SportsCenter Face to Face, an interview-based program hosted by Hannah Storm, will air from 10 – 11 a.m.

The two-hour SportsCenter Coast to Coast, hosted by David Lloyd in Bristol and Cari Champion in Los Angeles, will air from 11 a.m. – noon on ESPN2. The second hour of SportsCenter Coast to Coast will remain on ESPN, with the exception of January 3 – 6 when the final week of His & Hers, hosted by Jemele Hill and Michael Smith, will air on ESPN from noon – 1 p.m. Hill and Smith will become co-anchors of the 6 p.m. SportsCenter on ESPN beginning February 6, 2017.


First Take and SportsCenter are two strong, complementary franchises airing on two strong, complementary platforms,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN executive vice president, programming and scheduling. “We have always demonstrated a willingness to take a fresh approach with our network schedules and this move is the latest example of that thinking.”

First Take and SportsCenter will both continue to be streamed live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. First Take will continue to be reaired on ESPN2 each day.

The ESPN weekday morning lineup as of January 3:

6 am – SportsCenter (reair)

7 am – SportsCenter:AM (live)

8 am – SportsCenter:AM (live)

9 am – SportsCenter:AM  (live)

10 am – First Take (live)

Noon – SportsCenter Coast toCoast (live except January 3-6 when His & Hers airs on ESPN)

The ESPN2 weekday morning lineup as of January 3:

6 am – Mike & Mike

10 am – SportsCenter Face to Face (live)

11 am – SportsCenter Coast to Coast (live)