ESPN Announces Los Angeles-Based Anchor Team
Neil Everett and Stan Verrett to Anchor 1 a.m. ET SportsCenter
Stuart Scott to Anchor a Select Number of Shows
ESPN’s anchor team for the 1 a.m. ET (10 p.m. PT) edition of SportsCenter, which will originate live five days a week from the network’s new, state-of-the-art production facility in Los Angeles beginning in April, will feature longtime SportsCenter anchors Neil Everett and Stan Verrett. They will relocate to California from Connecticut to serve as co-hosts of the show. In addition, Stuart Scott, who has been one of ESPN’s most prominent studio anchors for 15 years with roles on SportsCenter, and the network’s NBA and NFL coverage, will also be hosting a select number of shows throughout the year from Los Angeles, including the premiere on Monday, April 6.
Steve Anderson, ESPN executive vice president, news, talent & content operations said, “One of ESPN’s strengths is the breadth and depth of our lineup of commentators, and we’re fortunate that Stan and Neil, longtime SportsCenter veterans, were interested in making the move to Los Angeles. Both are terrific writers with an energetic and entertaining approach. We’re very pleased to have them as our late SportsCenter team and to lead this new, important effort.”
Judi Cordray, who joined ESPN last October as the general manager of the facility, will oversee all day-to-day operations; support all programming produced in it or remote traffic routed through it, and will be ESPN’s most senior representative in the Los Angeles production community. Cordray reports to Anderson.
ESPN’s new facility will feature three production control rooms, two master control rooms; eight craft edit suites, a music room, a voiceover room and two studios totaling more than 12,300 square feet. ESPN’s owned & operated L.A.-based radio station will be relocating to the new facility in an adjacent building. Additional ESPN content will originate from this facility over time. This facility is held by ESPN subsidiary Los Angeles Cable Sports Productions, LLC.