ESPN’s Mike & Mike is staying in Bristol, Conn., “for now,” despite making a big fuss over a move to New York during the network’s upfront presentation last month. A vague message on ESPN’s Front Row, basically scrapped the plan that was so highly touted:
At the Upfront, we announced that Mike & Mike would be moving to New York in February 2016, a very aggressive timeline. After carefully considering and working through all aspects of a potential move, we have decided that the show will remain in Bristol for now. This opportunity with Mike & Mike remains worthy of strong consideration for continued growth of one of our most successful franchises. As part of our overall strategy, we remain committed to integrating content across Mike & Mike, Good Morning America, and the new 7-9 a.m. live SportsCenter, which will debut in February.
The move to ABC’s Times Square studio in New York City was going to provide corporate synergy with ABC’s GMA. The new Mike & Mike show was supposed to be located directly above the GMA studio, allowing the ESPN Radio flagship program a wider variety of in-studio guests from the world of entertainment and pop culture. The GMA and Mike & Mike teams were even planning to work together to create content for both shows.
Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg emerged with a giant drum at ESPN’s upfront presentation last month to announce a big move.