Skip Bayless left ESPN earlier this year for Fox Sports 1, and his new show with former NFL star Shannon Sharpe, “Skip and Shannon Undisputed,” debuts Tuesday. And just in case anyone at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., needed a reminder to set their DVRs, FS1 has put up some handy billboards nearby.
“I guess there were billboards put up where you can find lots of sports fans,” Jamie Horowitz, president of Fox Sports National Networks, told the Wall Street Journal’s Joe Flint.
Horowitz formerly was a top programming executive at ESPN, where he oversaw “First Take,” the show on which Bayless made his hot-take bones. After joining Fox Sports, Horowitz also poached fellow hot-takist Colin Cowherd away from ESPN.
“It’s fair to say Skip doesn’t shy away from controversial issues,” Horowitz told Flint, adding that he “reflects the spirit of Fox, which is rebellious and relentless and at times defiant.”