ESPN Gives Up on No-Host Format; Steele to Anchor NBA Countdown


Completing an overhaul from last season, ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” will now have an official host.

ESPN anchor Sage Steele has been named the host of “NBA Countdown” on ESPN and ABC, the network announced Tuesday. Steele will anchor the Friday and Sunday editions of the show, working alongside analysts Doug Collins, Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons.

Last season, Steele anchored studio coverage on nights when the “NBA Countdown” show did not air, usually working with Kurt Rambis.

Steele and Collins — who joined ESPN last month — replace Michael Wilbon and Magic Johnson on the ESPN studio show. All four members of the “NBA Countdown” crew were not part of the show two years ago, when Wilbon and Johnson worked alongside Jon Barry and Chris Broussard.

The Wednesday night editions of “NBA Countdown” will feature Rose, Doris Burke and Avery Johnson.

(Tue. news from ESPN Media Zone)

  • Robert Lewis

    NBA Countdown is lame. There’s not much analysis, Sage Steele and Bill Simmons are just media/sportswriter types, Jalen Rose is dull as dishwater and Doug Collins doesn’t fit in with that bunch at all.