Darren Rovell has officially rejoined ESPN. In other news, sportswriter Pete Thamel has joined SI, and comedian Frank Caliendo has left FOX.
- ESPN Announces Rovell Hire: ESPN announced Friday that former CNBC reporter Darren Rovell has rejoined the network. Rovell, who previously served as a sports business reporter for ESPN from 2000-06, will have his reporting “seen, heard and read across ESPN platforms” and will also contribute to ABC News. He is scheduled for a Monday debut. (ESPN Media Zone)
- Thamel Leaves NYT For Sports Illustrated: New York Times writer Pete Thamel will depart the publication for Sports Illustrated, The Big Lead reported earlier this week. According to the report, Thamel will cover college football and college basketball for SI. (The Big Lead)
- Caliendo Departs Fox NFL Sunday: ‘MadTV’ alum Frank Caliendo will not return to ‘Fox NFL Sunday’ this season, the comedian wrote on his verified Twitter account Thursday. Caliendo joined ‘Fox NFL Sunday’ in 2003 as a replacement for fellow comedian Jimmy Kimmel. (Sports Business Daily)