ESPN 'SportsCenter' Anchors Neil Everett and Stan Verrett Sign New Deals
The duo will continue to co-host the Los Angeles-based late-night edition of the sports network's flagship news program.
ESPN has re-signed late-night SportsCenter duo Neil Everett and Stan Verrett to new multiyear deals, the company announced Friday.
The new contracts for Everett and Verett — who have anchored the 1 a.m. ET edition of the ESPN flagship out of Los Angeles since 2009 — come as ESPN has parted ways with several high-profile names lately including Keith Olbermann, Bill Simmons (who recently finalized a rich new deal at HBO) and Colin Cowherd, who is expected to land at Fox Sports. It was a notable streak of exits. And ESPN president John Skipper chalked up the departures to a realignment of business priorities at the sports leader, which recently has seen its growth stalled by escalating rights fees and contracting subscriber numbers.
Everett and Verrett joined ESPN two months apart in 2000; they'll continue to host SportsCenter.
“The on-air chemistry Neil and Stan have can’t be manufactured,” Rob King, ESPN senior vp SportsCenter and news, said in a statement. “It’s as authentic as it gets, and we look forward to having them as part of our team for years to come.”
Everett started at ESPN in July 2000, after working for 15 years for various affiliates in Honolulu.
“When Stan said he was staying, then I had no choice,” said Everett. “We are joined at the hip. Plus, it’s a great gig so I’m glad Stan decided to stay.”
Verrett joined ESPN in September 2000 after working as a weekend sports anchor and reporter at WDSU-TV, an NBC affiliate, in his hometown of New Orleans.
Added Verrett: “I have a dream job in a dream location. And I’m thrilled to continue working with Neil Everett every night. For the last 6 years, we’ve had a great time doing the show. And the opportunity to continue building on the relationship we’ve developed with viewers is fantastic.”