According to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal, Outside the Lines – ESPN’s Emmy-winning news show on some of the most critical issues in the wider sports world on and off the field – is being taken off the main network.
The show will continue as a digital-only segment with Jeremy Schaap continuing to serve as the host. Staff members will be reassigned but not terminated from their ESPN employment.
Last year, Outside the Lines averaged 303,000 viewers in its Saturday morning time slot. This year, SportsCenter: AM is averaging 572,000 viewers in the 9 a.m. window. Ratings was a big factor in ESPN’s decision.
ESPN’s journalism is not entirely about Outside the Lines. There’s also E60, both with specials and with segments.
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