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Chris Broussard Leaving ESPN to Join FS1: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2016

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Longtime NBA reporter Chris Broussard is leaving ESPN after 12 years, the company confirmed in a statement Friday. 

"While we attempted to re-sign Chris, we want to thank him for his contributions to our NBA coverage and wish him the best," ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz told Mike McCarthy of Sporting News. "We have an impressive array of NBA voices who will continue to help make our NBA coverage thrive."

Broussard confirmed he will join Fox Sports 1 for the 2016-17 NBA season on Twitter:

Chris Broussard @Chris_Broussard

Can't wait to join @RealSkipBayless @ShannonSharpe @ColinCowherd @WhitlockJason @getnickwright @jimjackson419 @FS1 !!!!

Fox did not confirm it has come to an agreement with Broussard, and terms of the reporter's new contract are undetermined at this time.     

The 47-year-old joined ESPN in 2004 after a successful newspaper career, which included a stint at the New York Times. He's become synonymous with ESPN's basketball coverage, offering a mixture of firsthand reporting and analysis.

In addition to working for ESPN.com, Broussard appeared on First Take, NBA Countdown and NBA Fastbreak, among other programs. 

McCarthy indicated Broussard will likely partner with former NBA player Jim Jackson on some sort of basketball-centered show on Fox Sports 1. The show would likely follow a debate-style format, which FS1 executives have become increasingly reliant upon.      

Former ESPNers Skip Bayless, Colin Cowherd and Jason Whitlock have all come over to Fox in roughly the last year and been given opinion-oriented shows. The Cowherd-Whitlock vehicle, Speak For Yourself, has hemorrhaged ratings, while the Bayless-helmed Undisputed has drawn less than half of First Take's ratings.

Broussard has come under fire for his opinions in the past, most notably for calling homosexuality a sin in 2013 on Outside the Lines. ESPN later apologized. Afterward, Broussard cited his religious beliefs for the reason behind his statement. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Broussard also engaged in a war of words last year. 

There are not many comparable NBA-centric programs with a debate-first style. Most sport-specific studio shows rely on a roundtable cast of characters, usually consisting of former players and analysts. Broussard's show could be headed in a unique direction, but whatever it may be, it's clear FS1's pilfering of ESPN talent is far from over.    

              

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