This ESPN host just inked a contract extension — and will launch a new show

ESPN’s Max Kellerman has signed a new multiyear contract extension with the network that includes him hosting a new show.

  • The new deal, which was announced by ESPN, will have Kellerman focusing on boxing coverage.
  • In addition to appearances on “SportsCenter” and other ESPN programming and continuing his role as a co-host of the network’s morning show “First Take,” the network will also build a new boxing show around him.
  • The show, yet to be named, will air Fridays at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and the ESPN app.
  • “First Take” moved to ESPN New York City facility in September 2018.
  • ESPN says the first installment of the new show will be Feb. 8, 2019.
  • Kellerman’s new deal also calls for him to contribute in-fight analysis on select editions of “Top Rank on ESPN.”
  • Kellerman originated and helped create ESPN’s popular “Around the Horn” before departing that show in 2004, when he left ESPN for Fox Sports Net.
  • “Around the Horn” was revamped using augmented reality in October 2018.
  • On Fox Sports Net, he hosted “I, Max,” which was canceled in 2005 despite high ratings.
  • He then worked on ESPN Radio, before departing that division in 2009.
  • Kellerman also worked for MSNBC’s “Tucker,” HBO and CNN before returning to ESPN in 2016 on “First Take.”