Ex-Jet moving up in the world at ESPN
A former Jet is getting a big promotion.
Jon Vilma is being moved to ABC’s college football studio show, sources told The Post. Vilma is replacing Booger McFarland, who was promoted to “Monday Night Football.”
Vilma worked on ESPN2 and some studio shows last season. He first joined ESPN in 2015. Vilma will be joined by Kevin Negandhi and Mack Brown on the ABC show.
Vilma, 36, won a national championship with the University of Miami in 2001 and a Super Bowl with the Saints in 2009. He was suspended for a year during Bountygate in 2012, but it was overturned when ex-commissioner Paul Tagliabue ruled in Vilma’s favor over current commissioner Roger Goodell.
Quick Clicks: Yahoo Sports had the top two NBA news-breakers in the business, but soon it will have neither. Shams Charania will not return to the sports site, following his mentor and friendly rival, Adrian Wojnarowski, out the door.
Charania and Yahoo are breaking up, according to sources. Like in most negotiations, the two sides couldn’t agree on the financials.
Charania, just 24, will be deciding on a new home soon. Just a year out of college, Charania has made a name for himself by challenging Wojnarowski, now at ESPN, on the NBA transaction beat. Charania will be bringing his more than 360,000 Twitter followers to a new destination soon.
He has had talks with ESPN, though the network has a large stable of NBA insiders, including Ramona Shelburne, Chris Haynes and Dave McMenamin, among others, so a fit seems unlikely. NBC Sports Regional Networks and The Athletic are two known places with interest. Yahoo, according to one source, is looking to replace Charania, so, memo to NBA insiders: Send your résumés. … The NFL Network’s Kay Adams is going to stay on “Good Morning Football,” according to sources. Adams has a couple of years left on her deal with NFLN. ESPN has shown interest in her doing a fantasy football program, but it looks unlikely to happen.
Clicker Consulting: If I’m ESPN and I’m paying Michael Smith $2.5 million, I strongly consider having him replace Marcellus Wiley on its afternoon talk show “SportsNation.” Smith, 38, hasn’t done much since he left “SportsCenter” months ago, except host “Around The Horn” for a week. Wiley is replacing Colin Cowherd on FS1’s “Speak for Yourself.” Cowherd, as part of his new deal, chose not to return to his program with Jason Whitlock.
On The Way up/On The Way down: Here is a new part of the column where we point out people in the business to watch.
On The Way up: Taylor Twellman, ESPN’s top soccer analyst, has shown a lot of personality and strong grasp of other sports filling in on “Get Up!” If — or is it when? — the show makes changes, Twellman is positioning himself as part of the conversation.
On the Way Down: One last takeaway from the World Cup: Fernando Fiore’s career at Fox Sports is going in the wrong direction. He began the event as the star of “World Cup Tonight” and ended it nearly on the sidelines. During the tournament, Fox, to its credit, realized the show wasn’t working and added Kate Abdo as a co-host, but it was too late. By the World Cup final, Fiore was only briefly on the pregame. Maybe there is appeal for Fiore, but without great insight into the game and with the humor forced, it was hard to see it in Russia.
Radio Dial: John Jastremski has a Chris Russo vibe on WFAN. He has been on a few times with Mike Francesa and gives the show a little life. If Francesa would be willing to have a partner again, JJ, as he is known, may be able to add to the program. This week, JJ is filling in for CMB from 1-3 p.m. He usually does the overnight shift. He has a fun sound, though we still need to hear more of his content.
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