Tom Jones' media tidbits on Skip Bayless and more

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28:  Skip Bayless attends the Paley Prize Gala honoring ESPN's 35th anniversary presented by Roc Nation Sports on May 28, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Paley Center for Media)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Skip Bayless attends the Paley Prize Gala honoring ESPN's 35th anniversary presented by Roc Nation Sports on May 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Paley Center for Media)
Published June 25 2016

• Skip Bayless' last appearance on ESPN2's First Take was last Monday. He is set to join Fox Sports 1 next. He spent 12 years on First Take (or versions of it) and 23 overall at the network. For the record, not everyone at ESPN is sad to seen Bayless go, but you can't argue that he held his end of the bargain with solid ratings for a morning show on ESPN2.

Speaking of First Take, Sports Illustrated media critic Richard Deitsch wrote that he believes Max Kellerman can be Skip Bayless' replacement on First Take if he wants to be. The question is does Kellerman want to move from the West Coast back east just to play second fiddle to a Stephen A. Smith-dominated show?

For those who follow Hockey Night In Canada, longtime host Ron MacLean is expected to return to hosting duties after being relegated to a lesser role the past two seasons in favor of George Stroumboulopoulos. Smart move. MacLean is meant to host HNiC. You feel for Stroumboulopoulos. He did a nice job, but replacing a legend is a tall order.

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