Nearly two decades ago, they worked for competing outlets in the same market. Now, a pair of veteran ESPN anchors will be working together as the consistent hosts of the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter beginning Monday.
With more than 20 years of ESPN experience between them, Sage Steele and Kevin Negandhi will co-anchor the 6 p.m. show on weeknights, returning to a program that both have previously anchored.
“The first show I ever hosted at ESPN was the 6 p.m. SportsCenter in March 2007,” said Steele. “Who knew that 11 years later this would all come full circle. I’m beyond thrilled to be part of the new 6 p.m. team and to reunite with Kevin and so many other great teammates. Onward!”
Steele and Negandhi previously worked at the same time in the early 2000s in the Tampa-St. Petersburg market but at competing television outlets.
“I’m excited to get started on Monday and be able to set the table for the night’s biggest games through interviews and conversations with some of the best analysts and reporters,” said Negandhi “The 6 p.m. time slot is also a great opportunity to update our audience on what they might have missed throughout the day, and I’m really looking forward to being able to do this with my talented co-anchor Sage Steele.”
ESPN Vice President, Network Content, David Roberts, who oversees the production of the 6 p.m. SportsCenter, welcomed the new team back to 6 p.m.
“We’re very happy that Sage and Kevin will be the consistent anchor team that will carry the 6 p.m. SportsCenter into the future,” he said.
“With the NBA conference finals underway and The Finals coming up, the multiple storylines across Major League Baseball and the start of NFL training camps on the horizon, the show will continue its focus on breaking news and setting the viewers up for the night in sports. We look forward to Sage and Kevin leading the way for us.”
Molly Mita and Rich Arden produced the video.