ESPN reportedly might hire FS1’s Charissa Thompson to succeed Chris Berman on “Sunday NFL Countdown.”
Apparently, it’s not going to be Wingo or Kolber:
ESPN anchors Trey Wingo and Suzy Kolber were thought to be the front-runners to take over Berman’s high-profile NFL roles hosting “Sunday NFL Countdown” and the first day of NFL Draft coverage in 2017, but pursuing Thompson, who worked for the Worldwide Leader in a variety of roles from 2011-13, also makes sense for ESPN management.
Awful Announcing’s Ian Casselberry thinks Thompson is ready for the gig:
So there wouldn’t be any question as to whether or not Thompson is suited for such a role. She’s already been doing just that. Actually, Thompson has been doing more than just hosting a studio show, doing reporting and getting interviews with prominent NFL figures such as coach Jeff Fisher, after he was fired by the Los Angeles Rams, and Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. ESPN is also already familiar with Thompson from when she worked at the network from 2011 to 2013, during which she hosted “Numbers Don’t Lie” and “SportsNation,” and also filled in as moderator on “First Take.” Pursuing Thompson would certainly seem to indicate that ESPN president John Skipper is continuing to look beyond hiring white males to host the network’s signature studio shows.
The move would seemingly go against Berman’s wishes of having someone from inside Bristol replace him. However, there are several high-profile openings at the network as Berman moves into an emeritus role after this season.
As the Inquisitr recently reported, Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, the principals of ESPN’s long-running Mike & Mikeflagship radio show that is also simulcast on ESPN2, are reportedly parting ways, with Greenberg going solo with his own New York City-based show that may be folded into “SportsCenter.” Trey Wingo may become Golic’s new radio partner, which would presumably take him out of the running for the Berman seat.
Before ESPN shakes up its lineup, who do you think is the best current on-air personality on the network.