Watch the Exact Moment Katie Nolan Says She Decided to Quit Fox and Go to ESPN (Video)

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Quite a number of ESPN personalities have left for Fox Sports in recent years, but at least one prominent member of the sportstalk media went the other way: Katie Nolan has told GQ why she did the exact opposite in October. In a way, it’s all Cris Carter’s fault, and we’ve got the video evidence.

Nolan was a young, rising star when Fox debuted “Garbage Time With Katie Nolan” in March 2015. By February 2017, Nolan was literally taking her show on the road for Super Bowl LI — those live versions in Houston, featuring co-worker Carter as a main-chair guest, are where it all went wrong.

We’re mostly kidding about Carter being the problem, but his appearance and the argument that ensued turned out to be the impetus. Bigger-picture-wise, it was others meddling in her unique comedy/sports-hybrid format that put “Garbage Time” on the trash heap, Nolan now says.

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Below is the relevant part of her GQ profile, which was written by Clay Skipper. He’s the son of ousted ESPN boss John Skipper, who stepped down in December, citing a “substance addiction.”

I think that I’m so worried that someone else that isn’t as invested in this as I am is going to touch it and f— it up and they’ll just go, Whoops, and go on to their next thing. So I am so protective of all my things. I could have moved [Garbage Time] out to LA, could have grown it to an hour daily show on FS1. Right before I left I went to the Super Bowl and we did my show live, an hour daily from the Super Bowl.

Before we got out there, I said, “Look, we’re booking a panel of people to be on this show with me. They need to be people that understand what this show is. I don’t want you to get me big name athletes that have no idea who I am or what I do. They’re just going to be confused and it’s not going to work on the show. I also don’t want you to get me a panel of people that all work at Fox. Those are my only two things. I will do whatever else.”

The night before the first show live from the Super Bowl they were like, “Such and such missed his flight. So the first show is going to be you, Nick Wright, Cris Carter, two FS1 personalities”–and then a girl I had booked, Sarah Tiana, a very funny comedian. I was like, “Okay, this is going to be a disaster.” They were like, “It’s gonna be fine.”

Cris Carter brings up Deflategate. I’m like, okay so now I either have to, out of respect for him, let him talk about this on my show or be like, “It’s my show. Shut up Cris.” So I chose the second option. We got into it. It was a mess. It wasn’t good TV.

I wasn’t mad at him, I was mad at the network. Like, “I told you. I know this show better than anyone else. Cris Carter is incredible, but he will not work on this show. It’s not going to work for him.” They didn’t listen. So that was the moment that I was like, I’m not coming back to Fox.

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It all made for a re-watchable 10 minutes of TV, at least — and thank goodness for YouTube.

Watch the video above. Read Nolan’s full interview here.

TheWrap gave Fox Sports the opportunity to respond to Nolan’s remarks in GQ profile (and thus, this piece), but we did not immediately har back.

“Always Late With Katie Nolan” streams on ESPN+.

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NBA All-Star Celebrity Game: 12 Things You Didn’t See on TV

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The atmosphere at Verizon Up Arena in the L.A. Convention Center was electric to say the least on Friday afternoon as thousands of fans packed the arena adjacent to the Staples Center to watch their favorite celebrities battle it out with the NBA’s finest.

Last Sunday, Paul Pierce was having his Boston Celtics jersey retired at the TD Garden — and on Friday he was going up against pint-sized Justin Bieber on the basketball court. Yep, even Hollywood scriptwriters couldn’t make that one up.

Fitting with any high profile event in La La Land, the NBA rolled out the red carpet for their celebrity teams — coached by ESPN’s Rachel Nichols and Katie Nolan — as Common, Bubba Watson, Anthony Anderson, Jamie Foxx, Nick Cannon, Nate Robinson, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler, Jerry Ferrara and others trotted out in their team jerseys.

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Rapper Quavo from Migos got the biggest cheer from the crowd, while poor Bieber was booed. Give it to the Biebs though, he won MVP the last time the All-Star Game was in L.A. seven years ago. The pop star is older and wiser now, but has he kept his ball skills?

TheWrap battled traffic, road closures, over-priced parking and a long walk to be there in person to bring you all the behind-the-scenes insight.

While the Celebrity Game aired live on ESPN, here are 12 things you didn’t see on TV.

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Musical statement
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea whistled his expectations for the matchup during his pre-game interview. While we have no idea what he was trying to say, it sounded cool — and confident.

Jamie Foxx gets cultural
The Oscar winner actor had a logical reason as to why his Team Clippers would win in a joint pre-game interview with Bieber. “This is Black History Month,” he said, with no further explanation other than: “I don’t have to prepare, I am ready-made and all you have to do is add water.” Smooth.

Faster clock
Made up of four quarters, each 10 minutes long, the Celebrity Game is shorter than a regular NBA game. There were less time outs (one 60-second time out per half, per team) and stops for referee calls as well, making it feel like it was flying at a break-neck speed.

Censored trash talk
Team Clippers coach Katie Nolan told TheWrap on Thursday that she’d have to censor her trash, “I’m not allowed to say most of the words I usually say,” she revealed. The ESPN host was very careful not to drop any F-bombs on live TV, “What I am allowed to say here … is ‘bring it,’” she carefully told the crowd in her pre-game interview.

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From the golf course to the basketball court
Bubba Watson pulled off the ultimate feat in multitasking by playing in the Genesis Open in Pacific Palisades (where he hit a remarkable tee shot from 181 yards for a tap-in birdie on the par-3 6th hole) Friday morning, then playing in the Celebrity Game in the late afternoon.

He even threw some serious trash talk into the mix by burning Bieber. “Justin looks a little slow … he’s old now,” Watson said before tip-off. He’s only 23 … as we said before, poor Bieber. The “Baby” singer actually got some of the first points for Team Lakers, so he’s not that slow.

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Intimate arena
The smaller Verizon Up Arena created a much more intimate — though slightly chaotic — atmosphere for the crowd than it’s sister venue, Staples Center. Courtside seats were filled by regular people rather than A-list stars or corporate executives, while everyone got a good view of the action, even those on the top row.

“Black Panther” Bulk
While millions of fans poured into movie theaters Friday to see Marvel’s “Black Panther,” star Michael B. Jordan transformed from mercenary Erik Killmonger to a bona fide baller. The 15 pounds of pure muscle that he put on for “Panther” showed as he ripped up the court and the competition.

Nick Cannon gets punked by Kevin Hart
Ten-time Celebrity Game veteran Cannon was honored by a montage of his best moments, which he was not impressed with. It got worse as Kevin Hart sent a video message just to tell him that “he sucks.”

“I think you’ve been on every losing team,” Hart told Cannon. Now that’s harsh.

Mascots hold court
From huddling on the court with Cannon to posing for selfies with kids, team mascots were everyone’s best furry friends as they bounced around the arena hugging everyone who got in their way. The Miami mascot, Burnie (who is an orange anthropomorphic depiction of the fireball that looks more like a deranged bird) could have done with going to dry cleaners, but what he lacked in cleanliness, he made up for in dance moves and twerking.

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Shirtless Bieber
Say what you will about Justin Bieber, he gave the fans a treat by stopping to sign autographs as he walked off the court at halftime … shirtless and flashing his tattoos, no less. Randomly, Bieber also changed from his Lakers’ purple shorts at halftime to Chicago Bulls pants … that matched rival Clippers red uniforms.

Smell of greenery
As a group of rappers (who will remain nameless) walked across the court to take their seats, the pungent smell of weed drifted after them. Even the security guard spotted the marijuana haze, but thankfully thought it was funny.

A new career for Quavo?
After trumping Biebs in crowd cheers, Quavo beat out all the competition by being named MVP after Team Clippers clinched a 75-66 victory. Oh yeah, and he scored a fastbreak layup on Bieber. Quavo led all scorers with 19 points, closely followed by Olympic sprinter Andre De Grasse and NBA2KTV host Rachel DeMita who each scored 17.

Quavo’s performance was so impressive that he soon has the Twitterverse suggesting he swap music for sports.

Quavo now has a:

Grammy nomination ??…
Platinum album ??…
MVP Trophy! ??… pic.twitter.com/06MyzFbyps

– SB Nation (@SBNation) February 17, 2018

Get Quavo a 10-day pic.twitter.com/yR3uifqsZs

– Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 17, 2018

“17 5 same color T-Shirt.”

Even the commentator is hyped from this Quavo Eurostep ???? pic.twitter.com/rIWKboXgpQ

– Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 17, 2018

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NBA All-Star weekend officially kicks off on Friday night with the ultimate merger of sports and entertainment: the annual Celebrity Game.

This year’s roster of Hollywood stars and former NBA players includes Justin Bieber, Anthony Anderson, Paul Pierce, Nick Cannon, Common and Candice Parker.

For the first time in seven years, All-Star weekend takes place in Los Angeles at Staples Center adjacent to ESPN’s studio — so it makes sense that two of the network’s top on-air talents were recruited to coach the game.

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TheWrap caught up with “The Jump” host Rachel Nichols and Emmy-winner Katie Nolan to get their takes on the match-up, their secret weapons, the biggest threats from the opposition, and (a little) inevitable trash talk.

Rachel Nichols, Team Lakers Coach (with Tracy McGrady and Michael B. Jordan)
TheWrap: How confident are you about coaching the Celebrity Game?
Nichols: 
I am going to be completely lost! I am incredibly grateful to have Tracy McGrady alongside me, who has been an athlete for more than half his life. I told him he is already handling rotations, minutes, all of that stuff. I will be more of the overall floor general, intellectual approach leader. Then Michael B. Jordan can just make everyone want to be better.

Are you going to be good cop or bad cop?
I think I am the good cop, Tracy is the bad cop. And if he doesn’t know that yet already, he’s going to learn reading this article.

Who do you think are the strongest weapons on your team?
I was going down the list today and asking about some of these celebrities’ basketball abilities. It is kind of funny — when you look at a team with pro players on it, you have a sense of who everyone is and what they can do, but with a bunch of actors and musicians there’s really no way to tell how good they are on the court.

I was told that Nick Cannon is pretty good so I am looking forward to seeing what he can do. Obviously, Candice Parker who plays in the WNBA is going to be a weapon, as is Nate Robinson, who is not that far from his NBA career. Then Tracy himself is going to suit up, so that’s going to be good. I am hoping there will be a few surprises too, people who can jump off the bench and make us look good.

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Who are you most concerned about on Katie’s team?
I’m kind of concerned about Paul Pierce — last year he was playing in the NBA and he’s a regular on “The Jump,” which means if he wins, I am going to have to listen to trash talk every day for weeks — months. This is Paul Pierce, it could be trash talk for years. So I need my team to step up and save me from this awful fate.

How do you rate your chances?
I feel we will fight through, we will be good. Katie’s team is scary and I know there are a couple of people who did really well in the Celebrity Game last year. But I’ve got a shot and I feel good about. Either way, the whole weekend will be fun. The last All-Star game in L.A. was seven years ago, so I am sure there’ll be a lot of people who are going for the first time. There’s such a buzz around the city and people are excited, there are all these events.

Where would you rank Katie’s coaching skills?
I don’t know, she is crafty that Katie Nolan. I think she is going to be sneaky.

Has there been a lot of trash talk between you both leading up to the game?
I don’t know if this is good or bad, but Katie and I adore each other — she is the best. I think if I had to really trash talk her, I wouldn’t last very long, I wouldn’t do a good job. I would just be like “you’re so cool and smart.” I don’t know how that comes off as trash talk. Hopefully, it doesn’t get to that, or we can let Paul and Tracy do the trash talking for us.

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How were the teams picked?
I don’t know who picked these teams, we were trying to get them to let us draft them on “The Jump,” because I have been pushing that they should televise the draft for the real All-Star Game, but they did it in secret, which I thought was a big mistake. I also campaigned to televise the draft for the Celebrity Game, and that didn’t happen either, so we were just handed the teams.

What are your thoughts on the All-Star Game on Sunday?
I think the game itself will be interesting as they made changes to the format this year with the captains (Stephen Curry and LeBron James) and the draft. I don’t know if it will make it better, in recent years the game has been a little boring because it has been such high scoring affairs, no defense and really no competitiveness. The team that wins just happens to be the team that scores last.

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Katie Nolan, Team Clippers Coach (with Paul Pierce and Common)
TheWrap: How confident are you about coaching the Celebrity Game?
Nolan: 
I am going back and forth between being super confident — then convinced that I have no idea what I am doing. Hopefully by game-time, I will be hitting my stride. I have no idea what to expect, so I am just over preparing — and then I am going to under-deliver. That’s my goal.

How do you rate your chances?
I think I can bluff my way through this, I did that in high school and most of college. I’ve heard the biggest concern is about playing time as every celebrity wants to play and you have to keep track of all the minutes to make sure everyone gets enough, I am just going to play the good ones. Everyone else can deal with it.

So that means playing Paul Pierce the whole time?
I feel I don’t ever want to let him come off the floor. I don’t know how I am going to be able to give him a break. I know that’s not the point, I know we’re meant to see celebrities having fun, but I came to win.

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Being from Boston, how happy are you to have Pierce on your team and your coaching staff?
I was so excited! I have met him once when I was 12 — I was dancing at a Celtics game after winning a contest and I remember him being the tallest human I had ever seen in my life. He shook my hand — that was it. I am excited to meet him as an adult and have him treat me immediately as an equal on a basketball court. It’s pretty crazy.

How much of a threat is Rachel Nichols and her team?
I always worry about Rachel, she is sneaky — she is so nice but she always has some trick up her sleeve, she is definitely going to pull something out of her pocket. I’m little worried as they just added Justin Bieber to her team and he’s won MVP before — when he was on the team that lost! So he’s pretty good. I am also concerned about Nick Cannon as this is going to be his 10th time in the Celebrity Game, so he clearly knows the ropes.

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What is your strategy going to be?
I am going to try and get in her head early, schmooze up the refs, make them my best friends, and I am just going to try to intimidate Rachel and make her think I know what I’m doing so that she freaks out — and does something stupid. That is really my only hope — that and Paul Pierce.

Do you think she has the advantage being host of ESPN’s NBA show, “The Jump”?
I am hoping it will give her false confidence, but realistically it gives her the edge. She knows everyone in that room — they work with her and she’s the boss. They don’t know who I am. Last time Paul Pierce saw me I was 12, and I bet he doesn’t remember. This is part of why I have to be good. I have to walk in that room, establish dominance, and let everyone know that I got this. But I probably don’t “got” this. Rachel is very kind — but deep down inside she can be real mean. It is going to be tough to trash talk on live TV because I’m not allowed to say most of the words I usually say.

Who are your secret weapons?
I don’t know if he’s a secret weapon, but Win Butler, the lead singer of Arcade Fire, got VP two years ago and is really good (and is pretty tall), so I am going to be looking at him a lot. Also Jason Williams — “White Chocolate” — I am going to expect a lot out of him on the court.

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Were you happy with your roster when it got picked for you?
I was totally happy. My team is better than Rachel’s — hers has more experience in this game, but I have more players that are going to bring rookie excitement. They are walking in there trying to prove themselves. We are probably underdogs but I am excited about that. I definitely have this, it’s going to be fine! I think …

How important is it that there are two women coaching the game — and multiple women playing in it?
I think it is great, but it is also part of why I am making sure that I don’t screw this up. I don’t want people to be like “well the game as coached by two women and one of them made a fool out of herself! Women are bad, back to men.” I want it to be perfectly clear that if I don’t know what I am doing, that is on me, not women.

What else are looking most looking forward to this weekend?
I have never been to All-Star before, I imagine it is like Super Bowl. There are parties and cool people who are normally all around the country packed into one spot. Everyone you follow on Twitter who are your internet friends, you can now meet in real life.

What are your party plans?
I haven’t looked past the Celebrity Game. I don’t even know what day comes after Friday because this is all I’ve focused on. But if we win, I’ll definitely celebrate. I am going to go out, dance, eat food and rub it into Rachel’s face for five minutes — then go back to being really nice to her because she’s so sweet. I think if you win the celebrity game as a coach, all the parties are in your honor and you get to skip the lines, so that’s what I’ll be doing.

Find out who does win when the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game hosted Cassidy Hubbarth by featuring play-by-play by Mark Jones on play-by-play airs Friday at 4 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. on ESPN.

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See the full team rosters below.

Team Lakers
Caleb McLaughlin (actor)
Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks)
Drew Scott (actor, entrepreneur)
Jerry Ferrara (actor)
Justin Bieber (musician)
Kris Wu (actor, recording artist)
Marc Lasry (Milwaukee Bucks co-owner)
Nate Robinson (NBA legend)
Nick Cannon (actor, recording artist)
Rachel DeMita (NBA 2K TV personality)
Sterling Brim (TV personality)
Terence Crawford (boxer)
Tracy McGrady (NBA legend)

Team Clippers
Andre De Grasse (Olympic sprinter)
Brandon Armstrong (actor, social media star)
Bubba Watson (golfer)
Common (actor, recording artist)
Dascha Polanco (actress, activist)
Jamie Foxx (actor, musician)
Jason Williams (NBA legend)
Miles Brown (actor)
Paul Pierce (NBA legend)
Quavo (rapper)
Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky)
Win Butler (lead singer, Arcade Fire)

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Super Bowl LII is nearly upon us, and with the big game comes over-eating, funny commercials, and, yes, lots and lots of gambling.

While TheWrap does not endorse wagering in states or countries where sports betting is illegal, we decided to have some fun with ESPN personalities Katie Nolan, Mike Golic Jr. and Cy Amundson.

Senior TV reporter and resident football expert Tony Maglio (pictured above on the Golic Jr.-third) got in on the just-for-fun gaming. Below are 15 of Sunday’s funnest available prop bets and everyone’s selections. Odds are courtesy of online sports-betting, casino, poker and horse-racing site Bovada.

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1) How long will it take for Pink to sing the U.S. national anthem?
Over 2 Minutes
Under 2 Minutes
*From moment starts singing until the note “Brave” ends for first time.

Katie: Over
Cy: Under
Golic Jr: Over
Tony: Under

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2) Who will be shown first on TV during the singing of the national anthem?
Tom Brady
Nick Foles

Katie: Tom Brady
Cy: Tom Brady
Golic Jr: Nick Foles
Tony: Tom Brady

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3) Over/Under Donald Trump tweets on Feb. 4, 2018
Over 5
Under 5

Katie: Under
Cy: Over
Golic Jr: Over
Tony: Over

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4) How many times will Gisele Bündchen be shown on TV during broadcast?
Over 1.5
Under 1.5
*Note: From kickoff until final whistle, halftime does not count.

Katie: Over
Cy: Over
Golic Jr: Over
Tony: Over

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5) How many times will the temperature outside the stadium be mentioned during broadcast?
Over 1
Under 1
*Note: From kickoff until final whistle, halftime does not count.

Katie: Over
Cy: Under
Golic Jr: Over
Tony: Over

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6) How many times will the Rocky statue in Philadelphia be show during broadcast?
Over 1
Under 1
*Note: From kickoff until final whistle, halftime does not count.

Katie: Under
Cy: Under
Golic Jr: Under
Tony: Over

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7) Will Justin Timberlake be wearing a hat when he begins his halftime show performance?
Yes
No

Katie: Yes
Cy: Yes
Golic Jr: No
Tony: Yes

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8) What color will the liquid be that is poured on the game winning coach?
Lime/Green/Yellow
Orange
Red
Clear/Water
Blue
Purple
*Note: Must be clearly shown on TV.

Katie: Lime/Green/Yellow
Cy: Purple
Golic Jr: Red
Tony: Clear/Water

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9) What color will Bill Belichick’s shirt be at kickoff?
Blue
Grey
Red
White
*Note: Predominant color.

Katie: Grey
Cy: Blue
Golic Jr: Grey
Tony: Grey

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10) Who will the Super Bowl MVP mention first in his speech?
Teammates
God
City
Coach
Owner
Family
Does not mention any of the above

Katie: Teammates
Cy: Teammates
Golic Jr: Family
Tony: Teammates

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11) Will Tom Brady’s jersey be stolen again?
Yes
No
*Note: Must be reported by ESPN within 48 hours of the end of the Super Bowl.

Katie: No
Cy: No
Golic Jr: No
Tony: No

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12) Who will win Super Bowl LII?
Philadelphia Eagles
New England Patriots

Katie: Patriots
Cy: Patriots
Golic Jr: Patriots
Tony: Patriots

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13) Will any QB throw for 400 or more yards in the game?
Yes
No

Katie: No
Cy: No
Golic Jr: No
Tony: No

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14) The first turnover of the game will be?
Fumble
Interception
No Turnover in Game

Katie: Fumble
Cy: Fumble
Golic Jr: Fumble
Tony: Interception

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15) What will the total combined points of both teams be?
Over 48.5
Under 48.5
*Final score, not after four quarters in the event of overtime.

Katie: Over
Cy: Over
Golic Jr: Over

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TIEBREAKER: TOTAL POINTS
Katie = 52
Cy = 58
Golic Jr = 52
Tony = 52

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There you have it, folks: Place your bets and wish us luck!

Readers can catch Nolan and Amundson hosting “SportsCenter” twice daily on Snapchat. She and Golic Jr. co-host “Double Coverage,” which will start Wednesday at 4 p.m. live on Twitter.

Super Bowl LII, which will see the Philadelphia Eagles challenge the defending-champion New England Patriots, kicks off Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT on NBC.

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More Layoffs to Shake Up ESPN by End of This Year

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More layoffs are set to hit ESPN soon, TheWrap has confirmed. This, even after a spring bloodbath that saw 100 on-air personalities losing their posts in a single day.

The Sporting News first reported a new upcoming round of cuts, with well-sourced writer Michael McCarthy placing the number at between 40-60 and timing in late November or early December. One person with knowledge of the ongoing restructuring told TheWrap that another round was looming, though the headcount is not set in stone.

Our insider said that this round is all about efficiency and cutting down on duplication. After all, the media landscape is nothing like it used to be, and few places are feeling the effects as much as the Disney-owned sports giant.

ESPN declined comment on this story when reached by TheWrap.

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ESPN is certainly not alone in the notion that the media behemoths from decades’ past must become leaner — or at least reallocate resources. For example, ESPN’s new ACC Network will be hiring as its parent company is pink-slipping — so it’s not going to be a total headcount loss overall.

Still, it’s been a rough couple of years for the “Worldwide Leader in Sports,” and cord-cutting has disproportionately impacted the priciest non-premium cable channel. That subscriber loss has been hard to absorb, particularly with the pricey talent contracts and sports rights ESPN had compiled over the years.

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And then there is the public perception problem. ESPN has had more than its share of PR issues to deal with lately.

On Monday, the channel canceled “Barstool Van Talk” after just one episode after ESPN personality Sam Ponder resurfaced sexist remarks Barstool Sports boss Dave Portnoy made about her back in 2014. And then there is the Jemele Hill issue — the channel’s “SC6” host can’t stop getting herself into hot water through Twitter.

Hill is nowhere near the first personality to get herself suspended for public comments that go against the Disney brand. Nor is her offense the worst of the bunch: Ryen Russillo was arrested late this summer for entering a stranger’s bedroom naked.

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There are more examples of misbehavior inside the Mouse House’s sports-media halls, but there is no need to kick a company when it’s down.

To the contrary, it is important to point out here that for all ESPN’s lost talent and subscribers, the Bristol, Connecticut-headquartered company is still No. 1 in the business — and by a lot. And its problems are certainly not unique to ESPN — they’re just so much more pronounced at the top of the heap.

Still, don’t get too close to anyone, newbie Katie Nolan — it’s unclear who will still be your colleague come Christmas.

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Katie Nolan to Leave Fox Sports for ESPN

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Katie Nolan is departing Fox Sports for ESPN. It’s a rare move these days for talent to move in this direction, as mass layoffs due to cord-cutting and a strict Disney corporate culture have sent more than a handful of ESPN vets over to Fox.

Beginning October 16, Nolan will “appear across multiple platforms in a variety of projects,” per ESPN’s official announcement. “She will have a prominent digital presence while also making appearances across ESPN studio programming.”

“Katie is smart, dynamic and brings to ESPN a fresh perspective and a great sense of humor,” said Connor Schell, executive vice president, content, ESPN. “She is a rare talent and will represent our brand incredibly well as we continue to expand across the digital space.”

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“I could not be more excited to have a prominent digital presence while also making appearances across ESPN studio programming,” Nolan added. “When I was a little girl, I always dreamed that one day announcements regarding my specific assignments would be forthcoming.”

That last part is a (pretty solid) joke about this line in Wednesday’s media release: “Announcements regarding her specific assignments are forthcoming.”

Nolan most recently hosted Fox Sports 1’s “Garbage Time with Katie Nolan,” which won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Social TV Experience. Nolan joined FS1 in 2013 as a digital correspondent for the sports and pop culture show “Crowd Goes Wild.” She recently hosted “NFL Films Presents” and has previously produced and hosted various digital videos for FoxSports.com.

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Katie Nolan to Join ESPN

Read on: Variety.

Sone of ESPN’s best-known personalities have in recent months made their way to Fox Sports. Now the Disney-owned sports giant is attempting to reverse the flow. ESPN said Wednesday it had hired Katie Nolan, the popular host of Fox Sports 1’s “Garbage Time,” but did not offer details on her exact assignment. “She will have […]