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ESPN Signs Longtime SportsCenter Anchor Stan Verrett To New, Multi-Year Deal

“I have a real sense of mission about our show,” says Verrett, who joined ESPN in 2000 and helped found SportsCenter from Los Angeles in 2009

Twelve years ago, Stan Verrett relocated from ESPN’s main campus in Bristol, Conn., to begin anchoring a new edition of SportsCenter from Los Angeles.

Since then, the 1 a.m. ET edition of ESPN’s signature news and information program has thrived, sometimes drawing the largest viewership of any of the SportsCenter programs that air during the day.

Verrett’s California adventure, which began in March 2009, will carry on as ESPN has signed the New Orleans native to a new, multi-year deal to remain with the network.

With the new contract comes an expanded role as Verrett will begin making scheduled appearances as anchor from Los Angeles on the 11 p.m. SportsCenter, mixing dates with hosting the 1 a.m. edition.

“I’m excited to continue what we have built on SportsCenter from Los Angeles,” said Verrett. “I feel a real sense of mission about our show, having been there from the beginning.”

Verrett, who joined ESPN in 2000 after working in local TV and radio in several markets, is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was selected as one of the two outstanding graduates in journalism for 1989. He was recognized by Howard in 2020 with the Alumni Award for Distinguished Postgraduate Achievement.

Though he lives in the Los Angeles area, Verrett remains a loyal fan of his hometown New Orleans Saints, frequently returning to New Orleans to attend games.

“We will keep doing our best to bring fans the most comprehensive highlights and insightful analysis, in an informative and entertaining manner, on every show,” Verrett said. “Let’s go!”

(illustration: Kiana Lowe/Photo: Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
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