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Michelle Beadle: ‘What I Accomplished Made It Easy To Leave ESPN’

“It was my dream job for a while and I did it. It was good. I know we did a good show and I rest thinking that.”

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Some people never get the chance to get multiple goodbyes at the same place of employment. However, Michelle Beadle worked for ESPN on two different occasions. Her most recent stint ended when she decided to leave in 2019. 

This week, Beadle was a guest on The Ariel Helwani Show to talk about her time at ESPN, working for the San Antonio Spurs, and starting her own podcast at The Athletic called What Did I Miss? After her time at ESPN ended, Beadle did think for a time that she might not ever go back to working in the media.

“The thing that sort of stopped that I guess was I didn’t have a plan B. In fairness, I never had a plan A. I was like, well what will I do? I came back to Texas and was like I could drive Uber, I could wait tables again. Nothing sounded fun and I think that’s what it was.”

While Michelle Beadle said she would have been devastated in the past about leaving ESPN, she says she was at peace with the decision when she made it two years ago.

“I think because I did what I did and I reached what I wanted to reach and I was financially good, I think all of that combined really let me relax because I had worked so hard for so many years…I had never really taken a ‘break break’ from it. I didn’t care if I was seen again because it was on my own terms. Had I been fired or had it been just a little bit different of an ending, maybe I would have been a little more angry or a little more feeling I have to get out there.

“It was like a breakup. When you break up, you walk away cool. You have a clean conscience, you’re like I did what I did, said what I said. It was my dream job for a while and I did it. It was good. I know we did a good show and I rest thinking that. It was almost the best-case scenario for leaving something like that rather than jumping back into something that you didn’t want to do.” 

One of the things that Beadle did at ESPN in her second act there was be a part of Get Up. It is a decision that she does not regret. However, she told Helwani she did not like the way the show was changing: 

“No. That decision was good for my bank account. What we signed up to do under John Skipper was very much a show we all wanted to do. People leave, things get changed, other people come in and it becomes something else so that’s ok.” 

She did not like that Get Up was turning into every other show and she mentioned that since she was hosting NBA Countdown, it was easier for her to leave Get Up. That, unfortunately, meant leaving Mike Greenburg, who Michelle Beadle clearly enjoyed being around.

“Greeny is a lovely man. Our personalities could not be more different. I am obnoxious and loud. He is not. He is a dream for hosting television because he doesn’t get you in trouble, he is not going to say anything controversial even though I never thought I said anything controversial. He’s a good person.”

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Stephen Watson Announced as New Host On Bally Sports Wisconsin

Bally Sports Wisconsin, the home of the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks, has announced a new host for their respective pre and postgame shows. Brewers Live and Bucks Live now have Stephen Watson as a host.

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Bally Sports Wisconsin, the television home of the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks, has announced a new host of it’s pre and postgame offerings. Stephen Watson was announced as a new host for Brewers Live and Bucks Live.

Watson comes to Bally Sports Wisconsin from WISN-TV (Channel 12). There he had spent the last seven years as a sports anchor/reporter/host and covered all of Wisconsin’s major teams. In those seven years, Watson won three Emmy Awards.

“This is a dream opportunity to continue to cover two of the most successful franchises in sports right now while working alongside some of the most talented people in this industry,” Watson said. “Wisconsin sports fans are among the most passionate and dedicated in the country, and I look forward to matching their enthusiasm in my Brewers and Bucks coverage as a host and storyteller.”

Watson will share duties of hosting Brewers Live with Craig Coshun airing before and after each Brewers telecast. He will have similar responsibilities when hosting Bucks Live.

“We’re thrilled to add Stephen to our Bally Sports Wisconsin team. He is a proven content creator; his local knowledge and relationships will greatly benefit our telecasts,” said Tony Tortorici, executive producer, Bally Sports Wisconsin.

Watson is also a collegiate graduate of the area, graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 2011.

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NBA Draft Ratings Rise 32% For ESPN and ABC

“The event peaked at 8:15pm ET when four and a half million viewers tuned in.”

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The 2022 NBA Draft may have lacked the high profile prospect that prior drafts have had, but the intrigue surrounding the top three picks led to strong audience interest.

With all eyes on the Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Houston Rockets viewership for the draft rose 32% year over year for ESPN. The first round on ABC and ESPN averaged close to four million viewers (3,988,000).

Paolo Banchero wound up going #1 to the Magic, Chet Holmgren to #2 to the Thunder, and Jabari Smith Jr. #3 to the Rockets. The full two rounds of the draft averaged just over three million viewers (3,047,000). Round 2 aired exclusively on ESPN.

The first round on ESPN and ABC was the most-watched program for June 23rd across all of television in all key demos. The event peaked at 8:15pm ET when four and a half million viewers (4,500,000) tuned in.

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Shannon Sharpe Apologizes to Richard Jefferson for Calling Him Lazy

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FS1’s Shannon Sharpe took to social media to clear the air between him and ESPN’s Richard Jefferson over some comments Sharpe made about the former NBA champion.

Sharpe said Jefferson was lazy for only wanting to talk about basketball. Jefferson is an NBA analyst for ESPN and doesn’t normally appear on debate shows or provide analysis on other sports.

“There is not a person in this industry since I have retired that would ever refer to my work ethic as being lazy,” Jefferson said in a response video on his TikTok. “So as long as you live don’t ever do that again or this conversation is gonna be much different.”

Sharpe saw the video and apologized saying his assessment of Jefferson was lazy.

“I want to apologize, I come to you as a man, Rich, and apologize to you for my take on what you said,” he said.

Much like Jefferson did, Sharpe then went on to break down the differences between hosts on debate shows who have to watch and study various different sports and analysts like Jefferson who only specialize in analyzing one sport.

But ultimately Sharpe wanted to bury the hatchet and make it clear to the internet that there’s no problems between the two.

“Richard and I do not have a beef,” Sharpe said. “There is nothing going on, and this is my last time addressing this issue.”

Jefferson tweeted on Saturday accepting Shannon’s apology.

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