Reese Waters joins ESPN as part of a team the network hopes will reach millennials.
Hometown: Washington, DC
How he got to ESPN: Waters first blended his stand-up comedy skills with a love of sports as co-host of “The Daily Line” on the Versus network, then was tapped by ESPNU to host late-night college sports wrap show “Unite.” Five years later, his latest career path “was a no-brainer … when ‘SportsCenter’ calls, you have to answer.”
How he’ll be different: Used to “having license to say what he wants” on stage, Waters, 34, will push the boundaries without upsetting too many fanatics. “One of the most entertaining things to me is how invested the fans are. I’ve learned that there is a way to say everything,” he told TheWrap. In addition to his segments sounding brassier, “there’s no sports expertise! I do want you to think, but it is about entertainment.”
Favorite “SportsCenter” anchor: Kenny Mayne is hilarious. If you think of him like a boxer, there are these guys that throw punches from all angles. With Kenny, I never know where he’s going to come from.”