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Mark Schlereth leaves ESPN for FS1

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Mark Schlereth, one of the few non-star players to become fixtures at ESPN, has left the network after 16 years. As noted by Michael McCarthy of, Schlereth has joined FS1.

Per McCarthy, Schlereth has a close relationship with recently-ousted FOX Sports chief Jamie Horowitz, and the move had been in the works for months.

Chances are the contract was signed before Horowitz got the boot, adding Schlereth to a lengthy list of Horowitz hires that FOX eventually will have to decide whether to keep. While some have assumed that FOX will honor all contracts negotiated by Horowitz, keep in mind that ESPN let go many employees with multiple years left on their deals.

Schlereth made his debut on FS1’s Undisputed. His role isn’t clear, but he will presumably be a contributor to the various FS1 studio shows.

One thing we know is that he won’t be writing for

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24 Responses to “Mark Schlereth leaves ESPN for FS1”
  1. jayhawk6 says: Jul 11, 2017 12:55 PM

    Mark Schlereth has a work ethic that does not quit. He was treated like dirt by Mike Shanahan at Denver but kept plugging away after an ungodly number of knee surgeries.

    He deserves all good things that come his way.

  2. tronkoopmn says: Jul 11, 2017 12:57 PM

    He’s awful.

  3. aarons444 says: Jul 11, 2017 1:06 PM

    Los Angeles or Bristol? Connecticut or California?……….

    Congrats, Stink.

  4. jgedgar70 says: Jul 11, 2017 1:06 PM

    They need to put him in the broadcast booth. Fox is WAAAAAAAAAAY behind CBS in game broadcast talent.

  5. twincities90210 says: Jul 11, 2017 1:20 PM

    When will FOX finally use 1080HD cameras? Broadcasting the games in 720 is absolute garbage.

  6. RegisHawk says: Jul 11, 2017 1:25 PM

    Just tryin’ to sell his hot-sauce…

  7. theauger says: Jul 11, 2017 1:28 PM

    Mark is one the better NFL talking heads. A good hire by Fox sports.

  8. silvernblacksabbath says: Jul 11, 2017 1:30 PM

    Way to go Mark! BSPN is circling the drain becoming the new MTV.

  9. realfootballfan says: Jul 11, 2017 1:54 PM

    That should definitely get the ratings’ share out of the decimal point range.

  10. arcross12042004scorp15 says: Jul 11, 2017 2:02 PM

    Is ESPN still on ? Last time I watched they were loading up on A-Clowns and getting rid of anyone whose opinion I respected.
    Mark Schlereth knows what he is talking about. He probably felt very lonely, so he left.

  11. koolaid69 says: Jul 11, 2017 2:10 PM

    He was the one guy I could never stand

  12. laffers says: Jul 11, 2017 2:14 PM

    Who Cares?

  13. darkneptune73 says: Jul 11, 2017 2:14 PM

    He’s definitely a better talent than anyone that ESPN had.

  14. 3rdngoal says: Jul 11, 2017 2:26 PM

    When will FOX finally use 1080HD cameras? Broadcasting the games in 720 is absolute garbage.

    I don’t know what you’re talking about but they all broadcast in 1080i or 720p. You most likely wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two.

    What makes a bigger difference is the crappy compression the cable companies use. Try looking at an over the air broadcast vs the cable companies and you will notice that it’s not the initial recording that is the problem.

  15. a1b24312 says: Jul 11, 2017 2:30 PM

    I gave up watching pre game, post-game, and analytical shows a few years ago (everywhere, but especially on ESPN), but given the instability at ESPN I cannot blame the guy for making the move.

  16. anarchopurplism says: Jul 11, 2017 2:45 PM

    Schlereth is great discussing football on TV. He made the Mike & Mike show segments awesome.

    No surprise that the converged BSPN continues to see star-talent leave.

  17. honkeyt says: Jul 11, 2017 2:51 PM

    He is no Art Shell.

  18. aopps42 says: Jul 11, 2017 3:01 PM

    Meathead leaves one irrelevant talking head network for even less relevant talking head network.

  19. eetadick says: Jul 11, 2017 3:31 PM

    why is FS1 trying to out ESPN ESPN? you’d think they would try something, ANYTHING, different. All you clowns complaining about BSPN are just drinking the same kool-aid, its just been repackaged and not selling anywhere near as well as the original.

  20. rcali says: Jul 11, 2017 3:52 PM

    Simply put, not progressive enough for the Disney network.

  21. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jul 11, 2017 4:16 PM

    The rats are fleeing the sinking ship

  22. schmitty2 says: Jul 11, 2017 5:03 PM

    He has a very strong,intelligent football mind. My only complaint about him is that every other word out of his mouth is “continuity”.

  23. mzew233 says: Jul 11, 2017 9:43 PM

    “You look at this team”

    “You look at this guy”

    “You look at this quarterback”

  24. ace8842 says: Jul 13, 2017 3:29 PM

    I hope more leave ESPN for FS1 or CBS. ESPN did this to themselves by going leftist political. Destroyed what once was a monopoly.

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