ESPN2’s Cari Champion just got a dope new promotion. According to the network, the First Take host has been promoted to the big leagues and will became an anchor on the network’s crown jewel, SportsCenter.
“I grew up watching ‘SportsCenter’ — it is the flagship show so I am living the dream,” she told TheWrap. “When I first started working here, I would casually petition for it — but there’s always a long line.”
Champion, a UCLA grad, has had a long broadcasting career. Before joining First Take in October 2012, she was a courtside reporter for the Tennis Channel. Prior to covering sports, Champion was an entertainment reporter with The Insider and Hollywood 411.
Network bigwigs said Champion’s move to the flagship show was due to her sparking personality and professionalism.
“On the handful of previous occasions that Cari joined ‘SportsCenter’ shows, her wit and enthusiasm lit up the set,” Rob King, senior vice president of SportsCenter explained. “Having her presence on a regular basis is a win not only for audiences watching SportsCenter, but also for all of us who work on the show.”
— ESPN First Take (@ESPN_FirstTake) June 19, 2015
Champion will join SportsCenter in mid-July as for the morning segments of the show. According to The Wrap, she will also be a part of a series of “interactions” between ESPN and Good Morning