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Keyshawn Johnson out at ESPN


In a move that has been expected for so long that it feels like it already happened a long time ago, former NFL receiver Keyshawn Johnson is out at ESPN after nine years with the network.

According to Richard Deitsch of, ESPN opted not to renew Johnson’s contract.

Johnson arrived with a Tiki Barber-style flourish, with suggestions that he’d be “at the forefront” of both ESPN and ABC with consideration for a role as a fill in on the Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa show. So, basically, Michael Strahan became what Tiki and Keyshawn never quite could become, which surely drives both of them nuts.

The departure of Johnson suggests that ESPN already has decided on a replacement, and it quite possibly could be future Hall of Fame cornerback Charles Woodson.

Deitsch adds that the contracts of Chris Berman and Mike Ditka are believed to be expiring after the 2016 season. It’s hard to imagine Berman leaving ESPN at this point; many in the industry believe that Trey Wingo has been waiting for years for the spot to open up.

Some will suggest that ESPN is holding a spot at the desk for Peyton Manning, but if he goes into TV he seems to be destined to analyze games for one of the major networks. And then to become the president of one of the major networks within a year or so.

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  1. cmich2006 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:04 PM

    So there is hope Berman could away!!!!!

  2. watermelon1 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:08 PM

    It figures that he is one of the FEW former players I actually enjoy listening to… so of course he’s one they get rid of.

    Still keeping fingers crossed that Ryan Clark, Rodney Harrison, Tony Dungy, Both Mike Carey and Mike Preira, Marshall Faulk… Are all next. Not in order, but at the same exact time.

  3. ctiggs says: Jan 29, 2016 11:16 PM


  4. chawk12thman says: Jan 29, 2016 11:17 PM

    Not sorry to see Johnson leave…….However, I can’t imagine Peyton shortly after retiring doing anything besides accepting a coaching job. QB coach, offensive coordinator position? Seems like he would be highly sought after………

  5. arrogantnation says: Jan 29, 2016 11:17 PM

    Keyshawn kept it real.

  6. bearflagfan says: Jan 29, 2016 11:20 PM

    As an LA resident Keyshawn is a better fit at Fox, where he can display both his NFL an Pac-12 chops. The Bristol thing is getting tiring – the bias of all their production team, researchers, etc to the East Coast and the NE specifically makes spotting those few left at the network with any West Coast, Rocky Mtn, Southwest or Midwest knowledge a like seeing a live unicorn.

  7. bchap17 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:20 PM

    Berman and Jackson (the originals) should be the only mainstays. Key, Carter and Ditka need to go. I like the addition of Woodson. Ryan Clark should be an option as well.

  8. tacomatiger says: Jan 29, 2016 11:21 PM

    Espn sucks

  9. bills99 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:27 PM

    The Worst.

  10. jwcarlson says: Jan 29, 2016 11:31 PM

    Don’t worry about Keyshawn. He’ll land on his face somewhere soon.

  11. acdcubz says: Jan 29, 2016 11:35 PM

    C’mon man!

  12. shcedstaff says: Jan 29, 2016 11:38 PM

    C’mon man.

  13. gbbvan says: Jan 29, 2016 11:40 PM

    Go CWood!

  14. raid2055 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:41 PM

    Damn! Sorry for that. Long time friend, teammate, and brother. I know you will fall on your feet. DDP for like! You have made Dorsey proud. Man you have made the entire class proud. God bless and stay up homeboy!

  15. FecalFreak69 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:42 PM

    Ha, nailed it on Manning

  16. jacobslatter says: Jan 29, 2016 11:44 PM

    It’s not hard 2 believe Chris Berman will be gone after 2016 considering that sexual harassment settlement from that make-up artist (and Cris Carter pound cake) which surely cost ESPN hundreds of thousands of dollars. Plus his annoying shtick has been dying on the vine for years.

  17. fordmandalay says: Jan 29, 2016 11:44 PM

    This is excellent news for my ears.

  18. cjpackfan says: Jan 29, 2016 11:55 PM

    why did it take so long…added nothing of value to any broadcast…huge ego, just give me the damm pink slip…lmao

  19. goldenboyoffootball says: Jan 30, 2016 12:10 AM

    Looks like Chris Carter found his Fall Guy!

  20. bornahawker says: Jan 30, 2016 12:21 AM

    Unless Peyton does not.
    Go Hawks!

  21. usmutts says: Jan 30, 2016 12:22 AM

    People still watch ESPN?

  22. queenlivekillers says: Jan 30, 2016 12:35 AM

    This is addition by subtraction; Why add anyone else? The Worldwide Leader is bloated at analyst already. I think every NFL player must get an audition at the Combine!

  23. mikelitoris1 says: Jan 30, 2016 12:38 AM

    Watch out Eddie Lacy… if ESPN cut Keshawn for getting fat, don’t think the Packers won’t do the same to you. Having a fat coach, fat fans, and fat cheerleaders doesn’t mean you’re off the hook.

  24. cosmoman11 says: Jan 30, 2016 12:40 AM

    Berman has been, and continues to be, a huge embarrassment to the profession of sports broadcasting.

  25. mr1drful says: Jan 30, 2016 12:40 AM

    Boomer Berman will die at that ESPN desk. He’s not going anywhere. It will take the apocalypse to get him to un-ass his seat.

  26. milehihoss says: Jan 30, 2016 12:48 AM

    Thank goodness. Overdue.

  27. greenman660 says: Jan 30, 2016 12:56 AM

    Key was ok, not great but ok. Glad to hear Ditka is up, great player, decent coach, not much of an analyst…nothing left. Bring in Riddick, great on draft…insightful and on the mark.

  28. leroysbutler says: Jan 30, 2016 1:04 AM

    Love Charles Woodson. Very smart guy but he’s a little quiet and surly. I think he would do well though.

  29. manningcheats says: Jan 30, 2016 1:19 AM

    Now can Chris Carter and we’ll be getting somewhere.

  30. nyneal says: Jan 30, 2016 1:23 AM

    Yes!!!! I never understood what ESPN saw in Johnson anyway.

  31. lrical says: Jan 30, 2016 1:32 AM

    President manning?

  32. draculalambert says: Jan 30, 2016 1:33 AM

    ESPN is a such a mess.

  33. dino2997 says: Jan 30, 2016 1:40 AM

    The bigger question is why did ESPN ever even hire Keyshawn Johnson to begin with?

  34. binkystevens says: Jan 30, 2016 1:41 AM

    Charles Woodson please. Great Packer. Champion.

  35. footballfan72 says: Jan 30, 2016 2:11 AM

    Good, took too long but finally!

  36. thisonesforpat says: Jan 30, 2016 2:44 AM

    Just give me the damn closeup.”

  37. thisonesforpat says: Jan 30, 2016 2:51 AM

    Come to think of it, a guy as smarmy and bellicose as Keyshawn doesn’t even stand out anymore. I had to look up on the inter-web to see if he’d won a ring and of course he did. But who cares? He’s less interesting and more likeable than Tiki… I mean, really, he’s a big who cares?

    Now, if can just show Berman the door. Name me one person on the face of the earth it’s still likes him.

  38. 81megatron81 says: Jan 30, 2016 3:08 AM

    Now if they could only drop Cris Carter as well I may be able to understand what they are saying during their broadcasts.

  39. chillpill1212 says: Jan 30, 2016 3:23 AM

    Good signing

  40. chillpill1212 says: Jan 30, 2016 3:25 AM


  41. chillpill1212 says: Jan 30, 2016 3:25 AM


  42. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 30, 2016 3:30 AM

    Maybe they are waiting for big John football

  43. edenprairieballer says: Jan 30, 2016 3:52 AM

    Should have been Cris Carter.

  44. letmesetyoustraight says: Jan 30, 2016 4:17 AM

    I’m sure nobody other than Keyshawn will be upset by this move. Now E!SPN can get rid of the rest of the empty talking heads hopefully.

  45. chillpill1212 says: Jan 30, 2016 4:51 AM


  46. dynastyposeiden says: Jan 30, 2016 4:52 AM

    please take berman and cris carter with you !
    and wendi nix

  47. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Jan 30, 2016 5:02 AM

    Manning really should go into coaching, he knows too much.

  48. 26predator says: Jan 30, 2016 5:32 AM

    I don’t even watch ESPN for NFL coverage, there’s no discerning the personalities there. They’re pretty much all the same type of guy; bitter, too serious know it alls.

    I like The NFL Network, their coverage is second to none. Their studio analysts have way more fun, you’re constantly laughing at something they have said or done!

  49. typicalnipple says: Jan 30, 2016 5:33 AM

    Word is Keyshawn’s replacement is Big John Football.

  50. iamjoshgordonswastedlife says: Jan 30, 2016 5:47 AM

    Unfortunately Keyshawn was the Warren Sapp of the NFL Network… Long time comin’ and about 8 years overdue… Can Mike Terrico do studio work, broadcast MNF and do Sports Center? I wish he could… I’d probably start watching again.

  51. punksinplay says: Jan 30, 2016 5:56 AM

    I liked Keyshawn more as a talking head than I ever did as a player.

  52. bosco264 says: Jan 30, 2016 6:03 AM

    Well, it’s a start.

  53. kingpel says: Jan 30, 2016 6:14 AM

    Good start. Now send Ray Lewis, Mike Ditka and Cris Carter packing and we are making progress.

  54. bejohn2 says: Jan 30, 2016 6:21 AM

    Great. Now if they’ll just dump Ray Lewis.

  55. scotthochsdramaticweightgain1 says: Jan 30, 2016 6:42 AM

    Just gimme the damn Pink Slip!

  56. wmnf says: Jan 30, 2016 6:58 AM

    Key didn’t have a “fall guy,” what up with that Carter you bozo.

  57. mempusa says: Jan 30, 2016 7:00 AM

    I always thought he was a jerk until he came on Sunday Countdown. After that, I knew he was a jerk but he gave some interesting perspective from the jerk side of NFL players so I enjoyed seeing him. I hope Fox picks him up. They’re more entertaining anyway. ESPN has become soft. I always think it’s funny to recall when they had the spot JACK’D UP and now they preaching concussion safety. Disney did it!

  58. proudchowdahead13 says: Jan 30, 2016 7:07 AM

    Does he have a patent on C’Mon Man?

  59. RegisHawk says: Jan 30, 2016 7:15 AM

    Wingo or Suzy Kolber

    Death Match!!

    Let’s get it on!!!

  60. mymanmccoy says: Jan 30, 2016 7:15 AM

    Meshawn was always a douche, good riddance.

  61. 12brichandfamous says: Jan 30, 2016 7:21 AM

    He will land on NFL Network with the other gasbags.

  62. ravensfan56 says: Jan 30, 2016 7:23 AM

    Hire Randy Edsall. He will fit the incompetency that ESPN looks for when hiring people nowadays.

  63. sunset145 says: Jan 30, 2016 7:27 AM

    Good. He was terrible anyway. Never enjoyed his “analyses”.

  64. bullcharger says: Jan 30, 2016 7:30 AM

    Espn has needed a change for so long. The NFL network with Eisen and Prime has been way better for a long time now.

    All the ESPN guys need to go. I’ll miss Boom but he’s got to go too.

  65. karmathaitch says: Jan 30, 2016 7:30 AM

    Bye felicia.

  66. harryglyphics says: Jan 30, 2016 7:32 AM

    I hope the next analyst move is the NFL Network getting rid of Michael Irvin.

  67. waldoampere says: Jan 30, 2016 7:41 AM

    Just gives him more time to get mad at Beiber.

  68. thedotnetman says: Jan 30, 2016 7:43 AM

    Hey Keyshawn, based on that look on your face, here’s some advice. Don’t go away mad, just go away.

  69. knowspinzone says: Jan 30, 2016 7:43 AM

    Good move on their part, but it will take a lot more than that to bring viewers back to their pre-game show.

  70. upyoursnfu says: Jan 30, 2016 7:44 AM


  71. spammerscrammer says: Jan 30, 2016 7:45 AM

    Did not feel Keyshawn was any better or worse than the other ex-players with ESPN. Maybe Woodson will be an upgrade.
    Ditka, on the other hand, should have been retired from TV a long time ago. Of all the analysts they have he is the one that appears to limit his efforts off-camera to put on the makeup. For the great player that he was and the coach of one of best team ever, he never tells me factually anything I don’t know and his analysis is skin deep. Nothing anyone who turns on the TV on Sunday does not know.
    Maybe they can give Hasselbeck a shot? Was not a good pro player, but he is a great analyst.

  72. pointtwopsiistheissue says: Jan 30, 2016 7:47 AM

    Yet they keep Ray Lewis???????

  73. lion4ever26 says: Jan 30, 2016 7:49 AM

    Couldn’t stand to listen to him speak anyways. Always over rated as a player and he was terrible I’m the studio. Tom Jackson is the best former player in studio period. Carted can go also.

  74. tonebones says: Jan 30, 2016 7:50 AM

    Need to hire Urlacher

  75. razzlejag says: Jan 30, 2016 7:50 AM

    When Chris Berman comes on the screen, I change the channel or shut it off. That guy’s ship sailed years ago.

    His halftime show is perfect for the MUTE button.

  76. dickson29 says: Jan 30, 2016 7:52 AM

    Please take Berman off the TV for the love of god…

  77. kepickle says: Jan 30, 2016 7:56 AM

    he wasn’t bad but as much as i love Coach Ditka it’s time he move on

  78. campcouch says: Jan 30, 2016 8:02 AM

    Somehow I am unmoved by this or any of the possibilities mentioned.

  79. shlort says: Jan 30, 2016 8:04 AM

    It must be hard to find ex NFL players to be on NFL shows. The NFL network employs some real piece of work.

  80. danfan528 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:05 AM

    Unfortunately Keyshawn Johnson’s analysis at ESPN was the same as his play on the field, mediocre.

  81. joebaronich says: Jan 30, 2016 8:08 AM

    They are looking for someone with more jail time to join Ray Lewis. I hear Rae Carruth is available via remote.

  82. nflrule says: Jan 30, 2016 8:08 AM

    Who wants to hear Manning mumbling and saying nothing about nothing?

  83. mswravens says: Jan 30, 2016 8:09 AM

    I love me some Ray Lewis….but they ought to dump him as well. Sorry, but TV analyst is not his thing. Ed Reed would have been a much better choice, but he has another gig now…

  84. deebo61 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:11 AM

    But keep Ray Lewis? WTH ?? Ray is the worst I’ve ever heard.

  85. oldandgrumpy72 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:11 AM

    Who’s been expecting this move for so long? I love Key. The way Ditka has been this year I would understand if you said they were letting him go.

  86. pghguyy says: Jan 30, 2016 8:23 AM

    I don’t see them ever getting rid of Berman.

  87. bmacwillconn says: Jan 30, 2016 8:26 AM

    Please, Can Carter be the next to go!

  88. slvrnblk72 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:27 AM

    yes!!.. get rid of Carter next and i might switch back from Terry, Howie, Michael and Jimmy… just kidding, Berman is the biggest blowhard on sports television

  89. cuda1234 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:38 AM


  90. canetic says: Jan 30, 2016 8:39 AM

    I thought/hoped Chris Berman was retiring

  91. donterrelli says: Jan 30, 2016 8:41 AM

    “Some will suggest that ESPN is holding a spot at the desk for Peyton Manning, but if he goes into TV he seems to be destined to analyze games for one of the major networks. And then to become the president of one of the major networks within a year or so.”

    Why? Because he can sell some Papa John’s pizzas and used to play football well?

  92. gregmorris78 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:42 AM

    OUT with Berman! Pleeeeeeeeeeez…….

  93. suicidalionsfan says: Jan 30, 2016 8:44 AM

    Berman’s “shtick” , playing the rhyme games and clever ( NOT ) name tie-ins of players and celebrities wore thin a LONG time ago. Whenever we watch this hack ( and it ain’t too often ) my wife and I are always asking , ” How does this bum keep a job ? ”
    His shelf life has expired …time for him to go

  94. bobsnygiants says: Jan 30, 2016 8:57 AM

    Carter is the one who should go.

  95. captainspangled says: Jan 30, 2016 9:00 AM

    What? Why?

    He’s one of the few players who could provide analysis without constantly going off the rails and off the discussion to remind us that he used to play in the NFL.

  96. sychosam28 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:01 AM

    ESPN sucks with or without Keyshawn!

  97. joko12blog says: Jan 30, 2016 9:03 AM

    Tom Jackson, Chris Carter, and Ray lewis all need to go – they are the worst

  98. dolphins4 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:04 AM

    I hope they hire Brett Favre to replace him.

  99. plum54 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:07 AM

    Ray Lewis should have been the one to go.

  100. whatjusthapped says: Jan 30, 2016 9:11 AM

    I would rather listen to you scrape your fingernails across a blackboard than listen to Berman hold a conversation with Keyshawn Johnson. Both were/are unbearable.

  101. learysdisciples says: Jan 30, 2016 9:11 AM

    Maybe they will hire Ashy Larry, I mean Marshall Faulk, away from NFLN.

  102. alpo3744 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:18 AM

    Berman needs to go, and should have years ago but the network will never get rid of him because he’s been there so long.

  103. macker1283 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:22 AM

    Not sorry to see Johnson leave…….However, I can’t imagine Peyton shortly after retiring doing anything besides accepting a coaching job. QB coach, offensive coordinator position? Seems like he would be highly sought after………

    Yea, Manning is gonna become a QB coach…making 250k a year showing up to the stadium every day at 4am. When he could make 4 million a year analyzing a game one day a week for half the year at a network. Please tell me you were trolling with this.

  104. thedewman says: Jan 30, 2016 9:25 AM

    Who wouldn’t want to watch ESecN? Where else can you get all the news about good the SEC is and when they lose a game, any game,* to the B1G or the PAC10 or the PAC12 or anyone for that matter, it’s only because they gave it away and the team that beat them is really no good and they would destroy them the other 364 days…blah…blah..blah.
    (* disregard basketball…it’s rare they win outside of the conference with the KY exception and a rare 1 team added for 2 years)

    Oh, now I know why. Disregard. That is all.

  105. mark1021 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:34 AM

    Michael Irvin, Skip Bayless, Bart Scott, Cris Carter, Mike Ditka and Merrill Hoge are some other “talking heads” that need to go.

  106. tkroy30 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:36 AM

    Can Ray Lewis be the next one to go, please.

  107. tkroy30 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:38 AM

    Manning definitely.

  108. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 30, 2016 9:43 AM

    Don’t stop with Key! Ray “mumbles” Lewis should be next as he walks are in arm with Steven A out the door. Bergman is old and tired, but Jackson is still ok. Time for some new blood. ESPN needs to look for some articulate non-Ebonics speaking guys… They are out there. Stop murdering the language.

  109. cimmerian77 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:44 AM

    LOL, yet they keep Irvin? I stopped watching the NFL network in the AM due to that disgraceful gaggle team they have on.

  110. thirdand43 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:48 AM

    I’m sure the network bosses would also like to let Ray Lewis go but they can’t find anyone who is willing to give Ray the bad news.

  111. newsletterczar says: Jan 30, 2016 9:49 AM


  112. sergeant2 says: Jan 30, 2016 9:56 AM

    Ditka looks and acts like he’s being forced to do something he doesn’t want to do, the once lovable curmudgeon is now just a grumpy old unhappy curmudgeon. Get him off the show now!

  113. junkmtb says: Jan 30, 2016 9:59 AM

    “Some will suggest that ESPN is holding a spot at the desk for Peyton Manning, but if he goes into TV he seems to be destined to analyze games for one of the major networks. And then to become the president of one of the major networks within a year or so.”


  114. vonkaiser2001 says: Jan 30, 2016 10:06 AM

    Let me be the first to say…Ike Taylor would be perfect.

  115. istateyourname says: Jan 30, 2016 10:14 AM

    Funny you mentioned Strahan, of all the shows I end up watching Fox including Strahan most of the time. So I like Fox the best. I only watch ESPN for a bit because it comes on earlier.

  116. dirtydawg44 says: Jan 30, 2016 10:16 AM

    eSECpn, need I say more???

  117. logast says: Jan 30, 2016 10:33 AM

    I quit watching the BSPN garbage completely after deflategate altogether. I don’t watch any of the pregame shows on any network. They are all awful.

    Now if they can dump Gruden, it will make MNF bearable.

  118. azvikefan says: Jan 30, 2016 10:40 AM

    Its about damn time. Now dump Ray Lewis.

  119. bearfan21 says: Jan 30, 2016 10:41 AM

    Please lord no Trey Wingo!! What a clown that guy is

  120. dontouchmyjunk says: Jan 30, 2016 10:42 AM

    ESPN is increasingly irrelevant as more and more people cut the cable cord. Add those to the cord nevers – young adults who never have and never will get cable – and there is no place for ESPN. This is a connected app generation and cable channels will either adapt or go away.

    We saw how much influence ESPN has in the LA relocation bid. Bob Iger, head honcho of Disney – ESPN’s parent company – was basically laughed at by 32 billionaires when he tried to sell them on his idea of a stadium.

    Go away ESPN. You have no more usefulness in the modern world.

  121. Patskrieg says: Jan 30, 2016 10:44 AM

    With all the terrible suggestions in this thread it’s no wonder these programs continue to be insufferable.

  122. rutledge3197 says: Jan 30, 2016 10:47 AM

    The best thing ALL this programs ( ESPN,NBC,NFLN,CBS & FOX) can do is get rid of the diva wife outs , the ex-Patriots and ex-superstars … Deion Sanders ,R. Harrison, Jimmy Johnson and that ilk need to go …. Bring in ex-players that don’t have ridiculously over inflated egos

  123. agent7x6 says: Jan 30, 2016 10:51 AM

    Given the mic time that Berman gets, it doesn’t matter who else is on the show, it’ll still be unbearable.

  124. vikinganswer says: Jan 30, 2016 10:51 AM

    I actually liked Keyshawn. Don’t like Ditka but he adds old school philosophy to the garbage spewed and displayed by todays athlete. Berman Carter and Jackson would be enough. Not sure they need 20 people in the studio.

  125. charger383 says: Jan 30, 2016 10:55 AM

    fire them all and try again

  126. jag1959 says: Jan 30, 2016 10:59 AM

    Outside of the occasional good MNF matchup there are still adults watching bspn?

  127. irongoats says: Jan 30, 2016 11:00 AM

    Do people still watch ESPN?

  128. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Jan 30, 2016 11:23 AM

    Seriously? And Ron Jaworski is staying?

  129. mr1drful says: Jan 30, 2016 11:34 AM

    Rumbling , bumbling, stumbling

  130. imodan says: Jan 30, 2016 11:39 AM

    Berman can’t be gone fast enough. He’s a phony and a fraud who stole Howard Cosell’s act right from the beginning. He’s not funny. He’s boorish. Also, how on earth does Carter still collect a paycheck from ESPN? For that matter Ray Lewis too. Good god the real talent at ESPN is awful thin.

  131. abninf says: Jan 30, 2016 11:44 AM

    raid2055 says:

    Damn! Sorry for that. Long time friend, teammate, and brother. I know you will fall on your feet. DDP for like!

    For like?

  132. ghostofgilchrist says: Jan 30, 2016 11:45 AM

    He needed a fall guy!

  133. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jan 30, 2016 11:54 AM

    For a network that never gets watched, and anylists so universally loathed, there sure seems to be no shortage of humble opinions about their early demise. W.C. Fields was right about suckers, you can add to that Jackwagons.

  134. guitarmaninks says: Jan 30, 2016 11:59 AM

    Why it worked for Michael? Well people seem to like down to earth personable nice guys. Go figure?

  135. jdbaker01 says: Jan 30, 2016 12:00 PM

    When asked about his contract, Berman stated, “You’re with me, Leather”

  136. rajbais says: Jan 30, 2016 12:22 PM

    So ESPN “Keyshawned” Keyshawn.

    To be frank, it wouldn’t surprise me if Parcells had enough influence to Johnson there while both were around.

    Hopefully, Johnson is on his feet soon.

  137. rajbais says: Jan 30, 2016 12:25 PM

    Also, Keyshawn had ‘Regis & Kelly’ aspirations???

    A. I never heard that.

    B. People, at least, had heard of and praised Michael Strahan and Tiki Barber as players.

    Johnson was, at one point, considered one of the most overrated players ever.

  138. trollaikman8 says: Jan 30, 2016 12:28 PM

    Cris Carter’s fall guy?

  139. nflgtcfl says: Jan 30, 2016 12:36 PM

    With the ego size of Berman if he got canned his head would explode, destroying any form of life within 10,000km.

    I used to love Sunday morning show. Tom Jackson was one of my favorites, he was smart and entertaining and only chipped in when necessary. Their highlights int he evening were great, especially the music. I even liked Bermans shtick.

    I stopped watching years ago, when they brought on other football players. Then Jackson turned into this obnoxious loud buffoon like the rest of them constantly cutting each other off and poking each other in the arm. Not to the mention the yelling …. all the yelling … all the time.

  140. rosstuckershair says: Jan 30, 2016 12:36 PM

    I am surprised they didn’t terminate Ditka after he farted on the ESPN Pregame Show..

  141. jrski1966 says: Jan 30, 2016 12:42 PM

    Peyton Manning when he retires will be in the new ownership of the Tennessee Titans and run the organizationj ist like Elwayd oes. Book it!!

  142. fmc651 says: Jan 30, 2016 12:58 PM

    Take Berman, CC, Trico, Ditka, Anderson and most of the others with Key. Fans just want to see the highlights not your take on the highlights. Fans don’t tune in for your “personalities” BSPN .

  143. coffeedrunk says: Jan 30, 2016 1:08 PM

    I would love for Jeff Saturday to have a spot at the desk.

  144. fmc651 says: Jan 30, 2016 1:14 PM

    I haven’t watch Sports Center in years. I can’t take Anderson talking about every wisconsin team he can during every show he is on because he is from Green Bay. Then you add the others trying to be clever and failing. They get rid of one annoying person and hire three more just as bad or worse people. It is just unwatchable . I watch the games only and suffer through Trico’s constant chatter that he does just to hear his own voice speak. Berman’s hairdo looks like Darth Vader’s helmet and he is always screaming. And saying nothing.

  145. latenightroach says: Jan 30, 2016 1:32 PM

    I can’t stand Chris Berman running out of air every time he talks. I think he’d be a better weatherman. His clown style is way over the horizon already already.

  146. thisguy124 says: Jan 30, 2016 2:53 PM

    From the little I’ve seen, I think Ryan Clark would be one hell of an analyst. He is so insightful, speaks clearly, and has a pretty good personality. I would love for someone to give him a permanent shot.

  147. va4favre says: Jan 30, 2016 4:12 PM

    Charles Woodson could be great. I never understood why Johnson lasted after his first year. Ray Lewis is also terrible, but so many others are mediocre too. I can’t believe Tony Dungy has not learned to speak to the camera after all of these years.

  148. whyalwaysthehate says: Jan 30, 2016 4:27 PM

    There’s not enough room for His Giant Head.

  149. buffyprincess says: Jan 30, 2016 5:05 PM

    Get Berman out. He’s done.
    Keep Coach Ditka, Tommy and Cris.
    I liked Keyshawn, actually.
    I’ve always said Trey Wingo would be better than Berman.

  150. lanman11 says: Jan 30, 2016 5:15 PM

    Trey Wingo is a Doosh. I could careless what BSPN does. I’m just sayin’, Wingo is a Doosh.

    Dan Patrick might have worked in that position but they chased him off to Fox.

    Rich Eisen is okay, but he left for the NFL Network a long time ago.

    How about trying out comedian Bill Burr, as a change of pace? At least it would be funny.

    I’d like to see Matt Light on the team as well. He’s a character too.

  151. realdealsteel says: Jan 30, 2016 5:30 PM

    I hope he goes to Fox. Fox allows you to have more personality. ESPN has a tight little box you have to fit in personality wise or your out.

    That’s why ESPN football guys are behind FOX and the NFL Network.

    I like the NFL Network the best.

  152. jasonculhane says: Jan 30, 2016 5:34 PM

    Manning isn’t going there…I don’t see him at any Network next year, he’ll either be playing football, front office, or taking the year off…those 3..That show is boring any way, and I’d have to think where ever Peyton goes the ratings will be through the roof! Charles Woodson, Mark Brunell, Ryan Clark, those guys seem to be a better fit.

  153. psmc10 says: Jan 30, 2016 8:02 PM

    Espn gets rid of all the good ones

  154. steelersdaboss says: Jan 30, 2016 9:49 PM

    Really hate to see Key leave like someone said earlier he kept it real and some people can’t handle the truth! Stay positive Key and you will be strong in the face of adversity!

  155. footballfundamentals says: Jan 31, 2016 6:40 AM

    Time for a woman or better yet a transgender. I forgot, they already have Suzie Kulber.

  156. carkmonsta says: Jan 31, 2016 8:39 AM

    And Ray Lewis still has a job? Carter, Lewis, Berman, Ditka all have to go. Dingy, Faulk as well.

  157. nite2al says: Jan 31, 2016 10:55 AM

    Do you geniuses ever have anything nice to say about anybody besides Tom Brady? Geez!

  158. yyyass says: Feb 1, 2016 12:31 AM

    Has Berman learned to take a breath before speaking yet?

  159. Central Cali Chiefs says: Feb 1, 2016 1:19 AM

    You people who want Key dumped, are idiotic!!
    He’s a good analyst, I was surprised at how well he grew into the spot.
    ESPN, should drop M. Wiley, Coach Ditka and Skip Bayless.
    Stephen A. is okay as a commentator, but First Take has ran its course.
    Over at NFL Network, please somebody tell me how is Michael “wild-man” Irvin still on air?

  160. q1ller says: Feb 1, 2016 1:02 PM

    Keyshawn Johnson has been so overrated all of these years that it’s ridiculous. If he hadn’t played in the New York market few would even remember his name at this point.

  161. ninerfan81 says: Feb 1, 2016 2:00 PM

    not a Keyshawn fan but he’s better than Bart Scott on his worst day…can’t see Woodson doing that long term…Woodson should be in an NFL front office.

  162. keem513 says: Feb 1, 2016 2:06 PM

    Well damn

  163. clintonite44 says: Feb 1, 2016 3:49 PM

    ESPN cleared that space for PEYTON MANNING. Period.

  164. coltswerestolen says: Feb 1, 2016 4:07 PM

    Look for his next book: “Gimme the damn mic”

  165. zinnsand21 says: Feb 1, 2016 8:40 PM

    Berman needs to go. He is not very good and physically he looks terrible. Ditka should leave as well. I respect the guy big time but he pretty much has said the same thing now for a decade.. They need some new faces..

  166. stinkymcmulligan says: Feb 1, 2016 8:50 PM

    Good riddance. Now all they need to do is rid themselves of Cris Carter, Tom Jackson and on Monday night Ray Lewis…ESPN would be onto something.

  167. wrap2tyt says: Feb 1, 2016 9:29 PM

    Chris Berman ain’t going anywhere, he’s like employee 3, 4 or something like that… in other words he’s been there from the start of it all.

  168. jvw1982 says: Feb 2, 2016 8:35 AM

    That whole crew needs to go, they been around too long but now its stale, I watch every pre game show at least once but theirs, I can even stomach the nfl network with Irving, Prime, Faulk and Mariucci but not for that long, speaking of which, they need to move those guys to the midnight shift…..

  169. nflgiant says: Feb 2, 2016 10:19 AM

    Hey he can always find work at USC.

  170. mrznyc says: Feb 2, 2016 10:20 AM

    The popularity of sport can be attributed, in large part, to the simple fact that not much has to be explained.

  171. gnarlesbarkley says: Feb 2, 2016 11:01 AM

    Bring back Jim Rome!!!!

  172. rb225 says: Feb 2, 2016 11:50 AM

    Several years ago on the Thanksgiving broadcast the guys were talking about what they were thankful for. Keyshawn said he was thankful that he was no longer a Carolina Panther…you know Keyshawn…so were many Panther fans. His ego was bigger than his talent.

  173. bubba703 says: Feb 2, 2016 2:35 PM

    I’m sure Berman will be back-back-back-back-back-back-back for as log as he wants.

  174. tjdvikes says: Feb 2, 2016 8:47 PM

    Glad to see that loud mouth GONE !

    Michael Irvin needs to be next, followed closely out the door by Deon Sanders.

    All blowhards that need to GO.

  175. gopackgocausecowboysblow says: Feb 3, 2016 8:58 AM

    Manning…. I can’t stand to hear his voice! (to the tune of an annoying jingle) PLEASE DO NOT MAKE HIM AN ANALYST!

  176. tformation says: Feb 3, 2016 5:26 PM

    Man, I hated Keyshawn when he was a loud-mouthed diva wide receiver, but I grew to love him and his “Come on, Man” segments.

    Sorry, Key.

  177. puckett34 says: Feb 3, 2016 6:48 PM

    Chris Berman contract doesn’t expire until 2019, the 40th year of ESPN.

  178. Paul says: Feb 4, 2016 12:17 PM

    I don’t care either way about Keyshawn. But to let Colin C go — bad move. The dudes who replaced him are yahoos.

  179. floriosnuts says: Feb 4, 2016 2:20 PM

    Berman isn’t going anywhere unless he drops dead on air.

  180. whereyaat says: Feb 4, 2016 5:44 PM

    spammerscrammer says:
    Jan 30, 2016 7:45 AM
    Did not feel Keyshawn was any better or worse than the other ex-players with ESPN. Maybe Woodson will be an upgrade.

    Keyshawn was far worse, as in he adds no actual analysis to any conversation. He does, however, have plenty of condescenscion for anyone who hasn’t played the game.

    He’s right, though. I mean, those guys who run Vegas surely know nothing about football because they didn’t play the game, right? Yeah, those silly Vegas guys never get anything right.

  181. usap1 says: Feb 5, 2016 7:40 AM

    If you guys have been paying attention to ESPN’s crusade over the last 2 years then you know who they have in mind for replacements. They’ve been shoving female football “analysts” down our throat like crazy lately. I don’t mind the female on the sideline asking the same mundane questions as the coach heads into the locker room at halftime, but it’s just ridiculous that ESPN is now trying to force-feed females into all phases of football analysis. Come on people … there are tens of thousands of guys who played the game and know much more than a girl on the topic. Has anybody ever heard a female make an interesting point about football analysis? Have you ever learned something new about football from a female?? No, you haven’t. Holy cow, ESPN gave Hannah Storm her own show on Sunday mornings and now have two females hosting a 2-hour radio on ESPN radio on Saturday afternoon. C’mon Man … Stop It!!

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