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Moving Ahead In The Action With . . . Curt Bell

As more live sports return to ESPN platforms, meet some of the people working to deliver these events to fans

(Photo courtesy of Curt Bell/ESPN; Illustration: Emily Archacki)

When the Formula 1 World Championship announced it was starting its season after a four-month delay due to the pandemic, things got busier for Curt Bell . . . and busier . . . and busier.

An associate manager in Programming, Bell is responsible for scheduling all Formula 1 content on ESPN’s linear platforms – not only races but also practice and qualifying sessions. He does the same for F1’s feeder series, including Formula 2, Formula 3, and Porsche Supercup that air on ESPN+ and ESPN3.


On top of that, Bell’s additional properties also have been ramping up as he schedules all pro basketball (NBA, WNBA, The Basketball Tournament, and more), all pro golf, and Bassmaster fishing events.

F1 returned to ESPN on July 5 in Austria. A revised schedule, the addition of some events, and the cancellation of others meant Bell had plenty of work to do to find time for the telecasts on ESPN’s networks. The Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix airs Sunday, Aug. 2, at 9:05 a.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.


Curt Bell and Cali (Curt Bell/ESPN)
Name: Curt Bell
Hometown/Residence: Syracuse, N.Y./Simsbury, Conn.
Role/Years at ESPN: Associate manager, Programming – 9.5 years
Favorite Team: Syracuse basketball / Golden State Warriors / New York Yankees / Philadelphia Eagles
Favorite Athlete: Stephen Curry
The thing I’ve missed most: Watching the NBA, following the nightly action and drama on Twitter, and talking about sports with my friends.
The ESPN game/studio personality I want to regularly see back in action most: .. . [NBA commentators] Mike Breen and Doris Burke

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