ESPN has kept its high-profile NFL and NBA insiders after sports betting companies poached them.
The network announced on Thursday that it had signed multi-year contract extensions with Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski.
“Adam and Woj are making the difference and solidifying our long-term position as the authoritative source for all things NFL and NBA,” ESPN Chairman Jimmy Pitaro said in a statement.
“When you combine today’s news about Adam and Woj with the signing of Jeff Passan, we make a conscious statement of ESPN’s commitment to providing fans with the most in-depth coverage, storytelling and 24/7 news.”
All three of these insiders are represented by CAA.
“Covering the most popular sport in the United States for the leading sports media company was a dream combination,” Schefter said in the press release. “Every day, at every show and every event, I’m surrounded by the best teammates—producers, directors, researchers, production staff and so many more—elevating everyone around them. I love my job, feel blessed to continue and thank ESPN and Jimmy Pitaro for their continued belief in me.”
Wojnarowski said, “I look forward to continuing to work with a remarkable group of colleagues and am grateful for ESPN’s tireless commitment to news gathering and reporting. My deep appreciation goes to Jimmy Pitaro, Cristina Daglas, Norby Williamson, Dave Roberts, Lauren Reynolds, Greg Dowling, David Kraft, and the entire Universal News Desk for the support, vision, and leadership that make ESPN such a remarkable place for my work. Thanks also to my rep Matt Kramer for helping get and keep me on ESPN.”
Schefter has been with ESPN since 2009 and Wojnarowski since 2017.
As the sports betting industry continues its apparent destiny across America, ESPN has had to battle sportsbooks — who would have benefited greatly from reporters’ huge engagement on social media — to keep its league insiders.
ESPN has been on a high-end talent spending spree lately, and recently poached Fox Sports’ Joe Buck and Troy Aikman as the new Monday Night Football announce team — with deals totaling $165 million.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/31/adam-schefter-adrian-wojnarowski-sign-deals-to-stay-at-espn/ Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski sign deals to stay at ESPN