There have been a number of reports coming out of Bristol, Conn., that after two decades together on the air, ESPN is planning on splitting up the hosts of its popular Mike & Mike radio show.
Mike Greenberg, who recently signed a new deal that reportedly pays him $6.5 million a year, hasn’t spoken publicly about reports that ESPN will be shifting him to new morning show that will combine elements of SportsCenter with a typical morning show.
But former Eagles defensive tackle Mike Golic recently told Sporting News reporter Michael McCarthy that although he hasn’t heard anything definitive from the brass at ESPN, he doesn’t think they’ll be killing the show.
“Greeny may go in another direction,” Golic said. “I would imagine I would still be doing it. I would imagine I would be doing it with somebody else.”
It wouldn't be the first time Golic has gotten a new co-host. Before teaming up with Greenberg, Golic hosted alongside longtime Philadelphia radio host Tony Bruno, who departed the show after only a year after reportely suffering a falling out with ESPN management.
One of the rumors, first reported by Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, is that ESPN is considering pairing Golic with his son, Mike Golic, Jr., who currently hosts his own show on ESPN Radio and appears on Mike & Mike every Friday.
“Oh, it would be awesome,” Golic Sr. told the Sporting News. “He’s way beyond what I was when I first started in this business. He’s way smarter than me. He speaks better way better than I do.”
So far, ESPN has refused to comment on the news.
Mike & Mike currently airs weekdays on ESPN Radio from 6–10 a.m. and is simulcast on ESPN2. Not only has Mike & Mike been one of ESPN most successful and long-running programs (not to mention a significant source of revenue), the ratings of ESPN2’s simulcast of Mike and Mike often tops the 3-hour average ratings for SportsCenter on ESPN from 6-10 a.m.
The move would also come as ESPN is planning to undergo another round of layoffs, which will spare behind-the-scenes staff but includes many hosts and reporters whom fans know and recognize.
Longtime ESPN Mets reporter Adam Rubin said during an interview for The -30- newsletter that he left the network for a PR job at the New York Institute of Technology because he found out his contract wasn’t going to be renewed.
“ESPN seems to be bleeding money because of cord-cutting, so my salary was unattractive to them,” Rubin said, who is still planning to do a Sunday morning baseball-themed radio show on ESPN 98.7 in New York this season. “And the new MLB editor at ESPN wants to get away from 'thorough' beat coverage—that’s the precise word she used—and I suppose I was the sacrificial lamb to hammer home that point.”