News: Corso, Pac-12, NBA-ESPN, Jones

Lee Corso lack College game day for a second week in a row, but is expected to return next week. Plus: Pac-12 media rights have hit the open market, ESPN is making yet another change to its ever-growing NBA studio, and boman jones has a new deal with ESPN.

Corso misses Gameday again, but should return next week

ESPN “College Gameday” Analyst Lee Corso missed the show for a second week in a row but is feeling “much better” and is expected to return next week, his colleagues said on air Saturday. Corso was absent from “Gameday” last week after falling ill and par Kirk Herbstreit was under doctor’s orders not to travel for this week’s show. (ESPN)

The rights of the Pac-12 in the open market

Sports Business Journal and the San Jose Mercury-News reported on Friday that the Pac-12’s exclusive trading window with incumbent broadcasters ESPN and FOX has expired and its rights will now be available on the open market. According to the Mercury-News, the conference negotiations are expected to include a digital company — Amazon or Apple — as well as incumbents and potentially other bidders. (SBJ 10.7, Mercury News 10.7)

Malika Andrews lands NBA role on Wednesday

ESPN named Malika Andrews the host of his NBA studio coverage on Wednesday night, replacing Michael Eaves in the role. Andrews is the third different host in as many years for the Wednesday shows, which were hosted by Stephen A. Smith from 2019-21. Mike Greenberg remains the primary host of ESPN/ABC NBA coverage and will host the NBA Finals for a second consecutive year.

In related news, ESPN debuted a new theme song and graphics for its NBA coverage on Thursday. The previous theme – “Fastbreak” by Nonstop Music – had been in use since 2004 on ABC and since 2006 on ESPN, and the previous graphics package had been in use since 2016. (ESPN PR)

Bomani Jones reaches new extension with ESPN

ESPN announced this week a contract extension with boman jones, who will continue to host his “The Right Side” podcast and contribute to the network’s daily studio shows. The extension is Jones’ second with ESPN since the cancellation of his daily “High Noon” talk show two years ago and the resulting speculation that he would soon be leaving the company. Jones has been with ESPN since 2013. (ESPN PR)

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