If you’re one of the millions of Americans filling out NCAA Tournament brackets this year, you might want to tune into ESPN and ESPN 2 on Monday. The two networks will present a combined 25 consecutive hours of analysis of tournament matchups.
The marathon is called The Tournament Challenge Marathon and it begins at 6 pm Eastern on Monday. All of the coverage will be streamed live on the ESPN app.
ESPN’s College Gameday crew of Rece Davis, Seth Greenberg, Jay Williams, and Digger Phelps will be featured throughout the marathon. The network’s other college basketball analysts including Dan Dakich, Rebecca Lobo, and LaPhonso Ellis will also make appearances. There will also be special segments featuring Dick Vitale, Marty Smith, and Maria Taylor.
The overnight hours of the marathon will be anchored by ESPN Radio talent including Sarah Spain, Jason Fitz, and Mike Golic Jr.
The special programming will be used to promote ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, one of the internet’s most popular platforms for hosting bracket contests. 17.3 million brackets were hosted on ESPN.com in 2018.
Kay Adams Confirms She Is Leaving Good Morning Football
“Kay Adams did not have any news to share about where she may pop up next.”
There have been plenty of rumors surrounding the future of Kay Adams. One thing we can now say for certain is that she is leaving Good Morning Football on the NFL Network.
Adams said on Thursday’s show that her last episode will be Friday.
“I really want it to be a bit of a party, but tomorrow guys, is my last show,” she said.
Kay Adams did not have any news to share about where she may pop up next. She has been linked to Amazon. She remains a favorite to be a part of studio coverage of Thursday Night Football. It has also been reported that FanDuel has interest in working with her.
“It feels good,” Adams said when she was asked how she felt to share the news. “I feel proud of our show. You go back and look at those clips from 2016 and it’s this little ‘what is this?’ and it’s me and Kyle trying to get through segments of people we’ve never heard of and these awkward moments and to get to where it is now, this credible, reputable Emmy-nominated, should be Emmy-winning program is a really big accomplishment for the four of us.”
Maria Taylor Elevated To Host of Football Night In America
“Taylor joined NBC just before the 2021 NFL season.”
Maria Taylor will be the new face of Football Night in America on NBC. She will be the show’s new host. Last year, she shared co-hosting duties with Mike Tirico, who is moving into the play-by-play booth on Sunday Night Football.
“Maria is the perfect choice to carry the legacy forward of anchoring the most-watched studio show in sports,” NBC Sports Executive Producer Sam Flood said in a press release.
Taylor joined NBC just before the 2021 NFL season. She left ESPN after that year’s NBA Finals.
In addition to her work on Football Night in America, NBC has also used Maria Taylor in coverage of the Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo and Beijing. She is also currently serving as the executive producer of an eight-part documentary about black quarterbacks, which is set to debut on Peacock.
Ros Gold-Onwude Lands Contract Extension From ESPN
“Her next assignment will be in the studio for ESPN Radio during Game 6 of the series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics.”
ESPN is hanging onto Ros Gold-Onwude. The network has agreed to a multi-year extension with its NBA reporter and analyst.
Gold-Onwude has been all over the place for ESPN’s NBA coverage. She has served as a sideline reporter on television for both that league and the WNBA. She has also been on the radio, serving as the studio co-host for the NBA Finals.
On Twitter, she expressed her gratitude and excitement.
Previous stops for Ros Gold-Onwude include TNT and NBC Sports Bay Area. Her next assignment will be in the studio for ESPN Radio during Game 6 of the series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics.