ESPN Radio Special Will Preview New Venture 'The Undefeated'
May 13, 2016 at 12:57 PM (PT)
ESPN will debut its new website THE UNDEFEATED with the help of a radio special to air SATURDAY (5/14) 5-7p (ET) on ESPN RADIO. The long-delayed website, the debut of which is set for TUESDAY, will be represented on the show by senior writers CLINTON YATES, JILL HUDSON and JUSTIN TINSLEY, who will discuss the NBA playoffs with senior NBA writer MARC SPEARS and the GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS' DRAYMOND GREEN, look at the relevance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in 2016, offer previews of SPIKE LEE's special about HOWARD UNIVERSITY's 1974 NCAA soccer team and the upcoming "30 FOR 30" on OJ SIMPSON, explore how slavery is being used as a topic in pop culture, and examine the new prominence of black superheroes in the MARVEL Universe.
THE UNDEFEATED was originally projected as a vehicle piloted by then-ESPN commentator JASON WHITLOCK but was delayed and ran into controversy as WHITLOCK, whose management style became the subject of unflattering profiles in DEADSPIN, left the network (he is now at FOX SPORTS); WASHINGTON POST Managing Editor KEVIN MERIDA came aboard in OCTOBER and the site has been gearing up for next week's debut with four verticals, sports, culture, positive news stream "The Uplift." and HBCUs. A weekly podcast hosted by YATES is planned to accompany the site as well. The site's launch comes a year after the shuttering of BILL SIMMONS' GRANTLAND, which also focused on sports and culture with material for the web, TV, and podcasting.