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Rick Reilly Giving Up Column As Part Of New Deal With Net

Longtime sports columnist Rick Reilly is giving up his weekly column for, moving exclusively to an on-air TV role. The move is part of a new deal signed with ESPN that will take effect July 1. In his new role, Reilly will present weekly video features for ESPN shows like "Monday Night Countdown," "SportsCenter" and "Sunday NFL Countdown." ESPN says that Reilly's reduced role will allow him to work on various books and screenplays and "travel the world."

Last March, ESPN signed what they called a "multiyear contract extension" with the writer. ESPN hired Reilly from SI in '08 to write columns for and ESPN the Magazine. Reilly has been the center of several controversies over the past several months. Earlier this month, he apologized to Fox Sports host Regis Philbin after describing him on-air as "the little guy in the makeup."
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