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Report: ESPN thinking about adding new hosts to failing 'Get Up," including Adam Schefter

Alex Reimer
July 20, 2018 - 2:44 pm

ESPN’s exorbitantly expensive morning show, “Get Up,” continues to struggle mightily in the ratings. With football season approaching, ESPN management is reportedly exploring some dramatic changes. 

According to the Big Lead's Bobby Burack, higher-ups at the WorldWide Leader are thinking about adding new rotating hosts to the program, such as Adam Schefter and Paul Finebaum. The reported plan includes giving each analyst a specific day, with the hope of establishing viewership patterns. 

From “Get Up’s” onset, ESPN has mixed in different fourth voices with Mike Greenberg, Jalen Rose and Michelle Beadle. Ex-NFL players Booger McFarland and Ryan Clark have been steady presences, and also figure to be part of the show’s football coverage. 

Last month, Alex Rodriguez joined the program as a guest host. 

Adding Schefter to the show would give “Get Up” more news value, but it’s uncertain how he would perform in an analyst role. While Schefter is affable and informative, he often shies away from sharing his own opinion, due to his sources around the league.

Finebaum is an interesting possibility, given his massive radio following. The drawback is, none of the show’s regular hosts –– Greenberg, Rose and Beadle –– have any background in college football.

In May, Sporting News’ Michael McCarthy reported ESPN management was using the summer to evaluate "Get Up." Last week, the show attracted its lowest number of viewers ever

Not good. 

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