Remember back in 2011 when that book with a behind the scenes look at ESPN came entitled "Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN," in which it painted the hallowed offices of Bristol Connecticut as a boys club where women were treated as, well, let’s just say “underlings” and leave it at that?
Yeah well ESPN sure does, or so it would seem, after they announced some new hosts yesterday—the biggest one being that Samantha Ponder will replace the legendary Chris Berman as host of “Sunday NFL Countdown.”
But ESPN didn’t stop there, the network also announced yesterday that Suzy Kolber will fill Berman's other seat—serving as host of “Monday Night Countdown” as well as the Monday Night Football Halftime/Postgame coverage.
“We have three exceptional hosts in Suzy, Sam and Trey, who will usher in this new era of NFL studio coverage on ESPN,” said ESPN Senior Vice President—another woman incidentally—Stephanie Druley. “They each have a unique style and approach, yet they all share a passion for the game of football that is evident to viewers. We look forward to this group being the face of our NFL studio coverage for many years ahead on ESPN.”
Oh, and in case you’re wondering why the name Ponder sounds familiar, it’s because Samantha Ponder is indeed is married to free agent NFL quarterback Christian Ponder who has been out of the league since 2014 after he flopped as a first round reach in Minnesota.
Hey, at least his wife seems to know the game.