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Published September 30, 2013
ONE AND DONE? Reports late last week surfaced that NBC and Michelle Beadle were parting ways after the cancellation of NBCSN's "The Crossover," and SI.com's Richard Deitsch cited sources as saying that Beadle was "unhappy with the show's inability to find an audience on NBCSN, and she wants to find an outlet where she can be seen by a wide audience on a daily basis." She also is "clearly ticked at some of her bosses." As for Beadle returning to ESPN, she "left the network on exceptionally good terms." ESPN President John Skipper is "a huge fan of her work, and she's championed both in-house and externally" by ESPN VP/Original Programming & Production Jamie Horowitz, Coordinating Producer Kevin Wildes and former "SportsNation" co-host Colin Cowherd. ESPN sources over the weekend said that Beadle "would be welcome back with open arms." Deitsch noted Beadle is still under contract with NBC, but "much of that contract was likely predicated on her hosting a daily show" (SI.com, 9/29).