ESPN Will Still Cover NASCAR After Laying Off Prominent Reporter
ESPN is still planning to have NASCAR coverage on ESPN.com going forward despite laying off Bob Pockrass, the company's last full-time NASCAR reporter. A network spokesperson cited a broad amount of resources at ESPN’s disposal but did not get more specific as to how ESPN will cover the sport moving ahead. Remaining talent at the network who have been on the NASCAR beat include Marty Smith, Ryan McGee and Ricky Craven. Smith and McGee largely cover college football but also have helped out with NASCAR coverage in recent years, particularly McGee. Craven, who does “SportsCenter” hits on NASCAR on top of the occasional column, would be the last person covering just NASCAR if he returns in ’19 and the network does not hire anyone else. ESPN dropped its NASCAR media rights after ’14.