ESPN2’s Cari Champion just got a dope new promotion. According to the network, the First Take host has been promoted to the big leagues and will became an anchor on the network’s crown jewel, SportsCenter.

“I grew up watching ‘SportsCenter’ — it is the flagship show so I am living the dream,” she told TheWrap. “When I first started working here, I would casually petition for it — but there’s always a long line.”

Champion, a UCLA grad, has had a long broadcasting career. Before joining First Take in October 2012, she was a courtside reporter for the Tennis Channel. Prior to covering sports, Champion was an entertainment reporter with The Insider and Hollywood 411.

Network bigwigs said Champion’s move to the flagship show was due to her sparking personality and professionalism.

“On the handful of previous occasions that Cari joined ‘SportsCenter’ shows, her wit and enthusiasm lit up the set,” Rob King, senior vice president of SportsCenter explained. “Having her presence on a regular basis is a win not only for audiences watching SportsCenter, but also for all of us who work on the show.”

Champion will join SportsCenter in mid-July as for the morning segments of the show. According to The Wrap, she will also be a part of a series of “interactions” between ESPN and Good Morning

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  • Congratulations to Sister Cari Champion.

    • Chazz A

      Indeed brother Truth. I may be dating myself but I remember how proud I was when Jane Kennedy became the first black woman as a commentator on NFL Today, back in the early 80’s. To see a beautiful black woman hold her own in a white male dominated industry was refreshing, no doubt!

    • Hello Brother Chazz A. A lot of people from my generation don’t know who Jane Kennedy is, but Jane Kennedy is a black woman who is strong mother and was a well known sports commentator. Cari Champion has paid her dues. She has worked hard and she is very excited about covering sports in general. She is a beautiful woman inside and out without question.

    • Chazz A

      Agreed my brother, no question.

  • binks

    Black excellence. Congrats to Cari Champion, I can’t wait to see her in action.

  • Rizzo

    she’s good

  • Niesha