Norby WilliamsonLatest News and Opinion
Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 10:56PM EST
ESPN looks more like it did in its heyday with SportsCenter's renewed emphasis on news and highlights instead of debate
Source: The Washington Post
"I think we miscalculated a little bit,” says Norby Williamson, ESPN’s executive vice president of studio production, of the experiment of putting debate all over its schedule, most notably on the Jemele Hill-Michael Smith 6 p.m. SportsCenter. “The perception became that you could just roll a talent out there and it doesn’t matter what he or she is saying — that the content didn’t matter. I just never believed that.”
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
Jemele Hill says she chose to leave SportsCenter, but Michael Smith's exit was reportedly "not voluntary"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
“One down, one to go," ESPN executive Norby Williamson was heard to have said before a large group of people when Hill announced her departure, says The Hollywood Reporter. According to the publication's sources, Smith's exit "was not voluntary. And his deal stipulates that he remain as the 6 p.m. anchor on ESPN for three years. He is a little more than a year into that deal, which pays him $10 million over four years."