Former ESPN personality Michelle Beadle is set to return as part of an NBA broadcast for the upcoming season. A recent report arrived ahead of Friday’s preseason game indicating that Beadle will join the San Antonio Spurs broadcast team. She’ll be on board for select broadcasts, and it will make for her first time back on TV since her ESPN exit over a year ago. It’s also a return to the team that helped first launch her career in sports journalism.
San Antonio Spurs Broadcast Team Adds Oberto, Beadle
On Friday, the San Antonio Spurs revealed their 2021-22 season broadcast schedule, with Dan Weiss sharing a tweet to welcome several new personalities. This season’s broadcasts will feature the return of broadcaster Bill Land and former Spurs star Sean Elliott. Land is back for his 19th season calling the Spurs’ games, while Elliott is in his 21st as a lead analyst.
Former San Antonio Spur Matt Bonner will return for his fourth season at the studio desk with Dan Weiss serving as the main host. In addition, two new additions were announced with Michelle Beadle and Fabricio Oberto.
Fabricio Oberto played his first four NBA seasons starting in 2005 as a member of the Spurs. While with San Antonio he tallied 991 points along with 1,063 rebounds and 249 assists in 274 games. He’d go on to play one season with the Wizards and a final one in 2010-11 with the Trail Blazers before retiring. He’ll work as a studio analyst for the 2021-22 Spurs season.
Beadle will be part of select broadcasts as a special correspondent with the team. She last appeared as a host on several ESPN programs back in 2019.
On Friday, Spurs Spanish radio voice Paul Castro shared a photo featuring most of the broadcast team including its newest members.
Michelle Beadle Began With Spurs, is Exploring Other Opportunities
Michelle Beadle, 45, was an ESPN host up until a year ago, appearing on NBA Countdown and the morning program Get Up! Her departure from ESPN arrived after she made comments about football and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. Her remarks included frustration that the college coach wasn’t fired during the Zach Smith scandal.
She previously co-hosted SportsNation with Bill Cowherd in 2009. She went on to become co-host of Winners Bracket with Marcellus Wiley in 2010 and hosted her own weekly podcast. In addition, Beadle was a guest host at times for Mike and Mike in the Morning.
Prior to her ESPN gigs, Beadle worked with the Travel Channel as host of Get Packing, and with the YES Network as an interview and feature reporter. She’s also worked with TNN, NBC Sports Network, and HBO throughout her career.
However, her career start arrived with an internship she landed with the San Antonio Spurs thanks to the help of her father. That allowed her to foray into other reporting and media jobs including a hosting job for Fox Sports Net’s Big Game Hunters.
Based on a report from Front Office Sports, Beadle will continue to explore opportunities with other media outlets. Among the possibilities mentioned was a return to ESPN, working with The Ringer, or even starting her own company. For now, Spurs fans should see her as part of occasional broadcasts in her special correspondent role.
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