Steele’s removal from “NBA Countdown” raised eyebrows because it was announced on the same day ESPN announced new guidelines limiting political discussion by news personalities on its platforms. “We have the convergence of a politically charged environment and all these new technologies coming together at once,” said Patrick Stiegman, chair of ESPN’s Editorial Board, said in a ESPN blog post. “Based on that, we wanted the policy to reflect the reality of the world today. There are people talking about politics in ways we have not seen before, and we’re not immune from that.”
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After watching the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles on television, Sage Steele announced to her family that she would be a sports television anchor, a path that would ultimately lead her to local TV in Indiana, before landing at ESPN in 2007. “I probably should have thought about (the gender gap) more getting into this industry but I didn’t, and it is good now I guess,” Steele said. “You just go and try to do your thing and be really good at your job. “I have never focused on the female part, I think it helped more often than it hurt me, I really do.
In addition to signing a contract extension with ESPN, Sage Steele has accepted the host’s role for the network’s “NBA Countdown” pregame show. Steele replaces Michael Wilbon, who will focus more on his “Pardon The Interruption” show. She will work the Friday and Sunday editions on the shown on ESPN and ABC. Returning analysts Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons will be joined by new hire Doug Collins.