Add Doug Gottlieb to the ever-growing list of notable talent departing ESPN.
The Big Lead has been informed by sources close to the network that Gottlieb, who currently hosts a national afternoon drive program on ESPN Radio, will join CBS Sports as early as this September, when his current ESPN contract expires. All signs point to him resuming his duties hosting a national radio show on the new CBS Sports Radio Network, scheduled to launch with 24/7 programming in January.
In addition to the CBS Sports Radio Network, Gottlieb will also appear on a television show on the CBS Sports Network – you know, the one on cable. No word if the TV show will be different from his CBSSR radio show, or a simulcast of it.
Another task at CBS Sports for Gottlieb, the former point guard at Notre Dame and Oklahoma State, who had also been announcing college basketball games for ESPN, will do likewise on CBS, as well as CBS Sports Network. He would also be a shoo-in for participating in CBS’ March Madness coverage, or even the Final Four, should Steve Kerr depart for a managerial job in the NBA, as The Big Lead suggests.
CBS initially made an offer to Gottlieb earlier this month. What apparently sweetened the pot for Gottlieb, an ESPN employee since 2003, to jump to CBS was an opportunity to return to his hometown in Orange, CA, where his father, former Division I NCAA coach Bob Gottlieb, had started an “Orange County Express” basketball program; he currently runs a development program at Branch West Basketball Academy.
Doug Gottlieb follows Erin Andrews and Michelle Beadle amongst talent leaving the Worldwide Leader in recent months. Though recently, ESPN recently gained a college basketball journalist from CBS Sports in Brett McMurphy.
Meanwhile, ESPN Radio has not announced any immediate programming plans in replacing Gottlieb’s radio show this fall – though I’m sure they haven’t ruled out airing Tim Tebow sound bites on a three-hour loop as a possibility.