ESPN's 'Pizza' changes name and HQ
EmptyNEW YORK -- ESPN said Monday that it will change the name of ESPN Original Entertainment's morning daily "Cold Pizza" and move production from New York to Bristol, Conn.
"Cold Pizza" will become "ESPN First Take," though it will continue to be hosted by Jay Crawford and Dana Jacobson. It also will have "1st and 10" segments with two commentators daily from a pool that includes "Cold Pizza" regular Skip Bayless plus Stephen A. Smith, Patrick McEnroe and ESPN.com's Jemele Hill.
The changes will happen May 7. Also on that day "ESPN First Take" (airing live from 10 a.m.-noon ET and repeated from noon-2 p.m. ET) will be televised in high definition. The HD makeover also will come to ESPN2's simulcast of ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning," which is televised live from 6 a.m.-10 a.m. ET on the channel.
ESPN also said that both "Mike and Mike" and "ESPN First Take" will have "SportsCenter" updates, anchored by Sage Steele. The morning repeats of "SportsCenter" on ESPN will have a "rundown" graphic to tell viewers what's coming next.