In April 2017, ESPN announced that Michelle Beadle, one of the company’s highest-profile and most popular commentators, was named the full-time host of NBA Countdown on ABC and ESPN. In this role, Beadle leads all of the company’s pre-game and halftime NBA shows for the NBA Finals on ABC, the Conference Finals, NBA Playoffs, and NBA regular season. She joined NBA Countdown at the start of the 2016-17 NBA regular season. In addition, Beadle can be seen weekdays as co-host of SportsNation with Marcellus Wiley and LZ Granderson on ESPN. Beadle’s longstanding role with SportsNation dates back to its days on ESPN2, when she was the program’s original co-host with Colin Cowherd.
Prior to joining NBA Countdown, Beadle worked at HBO Sports, where she conducted the featured interview on each program of The Fight Game with Jim Lampley. She also served as a red carpet interviewer for the 2016 Primetime Emmy Pre-Show broadcast on ABC. Prior to her 2014 return to ESPN, Beadle worked for NBC as both a host at NBC Sports and a correspondent on Access Hollywood.
Beadle is a devoted supporter of the Best Friends Animal Society (bestfriends.org). She is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio.