Katie Nolan Is Heading to ESPN

By A.J. Katz 

Sports media personality Katie Nolan is heading to ESPN.

Known for her comedic takes on the intersection of sports and pop culture, and a significant social media following, Nolan will have a prominent online presence on ESPN.com. She will also make appearances across ESPN studio programming.

Her start date is October 16.

“Katie is smart, dynamic and brings to ESPN a fresh perspective and a great sense of humor. She is a rare talent and will represent our brand incredibly well as we continue to expand across the digital space,” said Connor Schell, executive vice president, content, ESPN, said in a statement.

Nolan said: “I could not be more excited to have a prominent digital presence while also making appearances across ESPN studio programming. When I was a little girl, I always dreamed that one day announcements regarding my specific assignments would be forthcoming.”

Nolan, 30, was most recently host of the FS1 weekly late-night talk program Garbage Time, for which she won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Social Experience. The program’s most-recent season ended in February, and it was not renewed by FS1.

The sports newser joined Fox Sports 1 in 2013 as a digital correspondent for the sports and pop culture panel program Crowd Goes Wild. She hosted various editions of NFL Films Presents earlier this year, and has previously produced and hosted various digital videos for FoxSports.com.

(Full disclosure: Yours Truly worked with Nolan back in 2013 on the aforementioned Crowd Goes Wild).

Elsewhere on the ESPN front, the network is reportedly developing a late-night program around Barstool Sports personalities Dan “Big Cat” Katz and PFT Commenter based off their popular podcast Pardon My Take, according to The Ringer.

The program will reportedly be produced by Embassy Row, (the company behind Watch What Happens Live, and the aforementioned Crowd Goes Wild) and it will air on ESPN2.

Details outside of those are few, but it’s evident that ESPN is making a hard push to attract the highly sought after millennial male demographic.