Bird And Magic Interview On Debut Of Sportscenter From Los Angeles Monday, April 6

by laliveinsider on Mon., Apr 06 at 12:00 PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - On Monday, April 6, the night of the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship - and 30 years since they met for the title - Magic Johnson sits down for a one-on-one interview with Larry Bird for the 1 a.m. ET (10 p.m. PT) edition of SportsCenter, which debuts from its new home in Los Angeles. The two basketball legends will discuss their memorable 1979 game, their NBA rivalry and this year's collegiate championship. Johnson's alma mater, Michigan State, could be playing in the game; the Spartans are in the Final Four and play Connecticut in a national semifinal on Saturday.

Longtime SportsCenter anchors Neil Everett and Stan Verrett will co-host ESPN's first SportsCenter not based at the company's Bristol, Conn., studios in the company's nearly 30-year history. They will be joined the first night and periodically throughout the year by Stuart Scott. The 1 a.m. ET SportsCenter will be produced out of Los Angeles five days a week.

\"There is no better way to christen SportsCenter's Los Angeles operation than with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson the night of the NCAA Tournament final,\" said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president, production. \"These are two of the dominant figures of their sport in the last generation and they are always candid and insightful.\"

ESPN's new LA Production Center features three production control rooms, two master control rooms; eight craft edit suites, a music room, a voiceover room and two studios totaling more than 12,300 square feet. ESPN's owned & operated L.A.-based radio station has already relocated to the new facility in an adjacent building. Additional ESPN content will originate from this facility over time.


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