ESPN has confirmed that The Herd host, Colin Cowherd, will be departing from the network after over 10 years on the air. The split seems to be on relatively amicable terms, with ESPN president John Skipper praising the radio host for having a “unique perspective on sports and society,” adding that they “wish him the best.”
It’s been reported that Cowherd is working on a prospective contract with FOX Sports, but nothing has been finalized yet. The one thing we do know though is that no matter where Cowherd ends up, he’ll have no problem drawing in an audience with his controversial but well-received broadcasts, especially with football season only a couple months away.
If Cowherd does end up at FOX Sports, he would be reunited with Jamie Horowitz, the network’s new president—the pair worked together to produce SportsNation, along with Cowherd’s old Sunday football show. Cowherd would be great at FOX Sports for something like an NFL pregame show on Sunday mornings, but we’ll have to wait and see how things play out.
ESPN, on the other hand, is kind of in a bind, because Cowherd’s departure will leave a big gap in their weekday lineup. To make matters worse, this is actually the third high-profile name that has left the network in the past couple months. Back in May, it was announced that TV personality Bill Simmons’ contract would not be renewed, and shortly afterward, ESPN revealed that commentator Keith Olbermann was also leaving.
Glasspiegel, R., “Colin Cowherd Leaving ESPN, What’s Next?” The Big Lead web site, July 16, 2015; http://goo.gl/qlfLDk.