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NBA Rumors: Adrian Wojnarowski Could Leave ESPN This Summer To Join Forces With Shams Charania On The Athletic

NBA Rumors: Adrian Wojnarowski Could Leave ESPN This Summer To Join Forces With Shams Charania On The Athletic

Back in 2017, ESPN made headlines by hiring renowned sports reporter, Adrian Wojnarowski. As the NBA's top reporter and insider, his presence on the network boosted the quality of basketball coverage and, in turn, helped popularize Woj even more than when he was with Yahoo! Sports.

But with his contract set to expire this summer, the possibility that Woj could leave the famous sports network is gaining traction around the internet.

According to Front Office Sports, The Atheltic (which was recently bought out by The New York Times) has plans to pursue the reporter. Shams Charania is also set to become a free agent.

ESPN insiders Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski, and Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, are all poised to hit free agency this summer and there’s no shortage of viable bidders.

The Athletic, recently purchased by the New York Times for $550 million, and other potential suitors have sent word to the ESPN pair’s reps that they’re ready to make offers as soon as they’re able, sources told Front Office Sports.

ESPN has an exclusive negotiating window to retain Schefter and Wojnarowski, said sources. The network will put on a full-court press to keep both Schefter and Wojnarowksi, according to executives familiar with the network’s plans. It may also have the right to match outside offers. 

According to FOS, Caesars Sportsbook is also believed to be a player in the NBA media free-agent frenzy.

ESPN and the New York Times/The Athletic won’t be the only ones throwing money at these breaking news kings.

Sports betting giants such as Caesars Sportsbook eagerly view the trio’s vast social media followings as possible betting customers. Looming free agency sets up a potential bidding war between three very different business sectors: ESPN (TV) vs. legacy media (New York Times) vs. new gambling challengers (Caesars).

Both Woj and ESPN have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship so far, so it seems appropriate to think that both sides are destined to agree on a new deal.

Still, nothing is guaranteed, and if the growing network over at Stadium is willing to offer lucrative perks, it could shake up the hierarchy of the NBA media world.

For now, all we can do is sit back and watch how it all unfolds.