Big Names: Mariotti’s Return Is One-Time Gig, Sources Tell SI (Also: Bob Knight, Alex Cora)


Jay Mariotti‘s freelance project for ESPN may not result in a regular role with the network. In other news, The Big Lead claims that ESPN will part ways with Bob Knight at the end of the college basketball season, and Alex Cora has joined ESPN as an MLB analyst.

Mariotti’s Freelance Gig Will Not Lead to Larger Role With ESPN

  • In a story published Wednesday, ESPN sources told Sports Illustrated that former “Around the Horn” panelist Jay Mariotti will not return to the network on a regular basis. Mariotti, who has not worked with ESPN since being arrested on domestic violence charges over two years ago, announced last week that he is working on a freelance assignment for the network. While ESPN has confirmed Mariotti’s account, the sources told SI that the assignment will be “one-time” only. (

ESPN Will Not Renew Knight’s Contract, According to Report

  • The Big Lead reported Monday that ESPN will part ways with college basketball analyst Bob Knight after his contract expires at the end of the season. An ESPN spokesman told the website that no decision had been made. Knight joined ESPN in 2008. (The Big Lead)

Cora Joins ESPN As MLB Analyst

  • ESPN has added former Major League Baseball player Alex Cora as an MLB studio analyst on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Cora, who last played in 2011, will contribute to “Baseball Tonight” and “SportsCenter” on ESPN and “Baseball Esta Noche” on ESPN Deportes. (ESPN Media Zone)