John McEnroe to host ESPN radio show

by: Matt Cronin | February 17, 2014

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ESPN has signed John McEnroe to a radio contract and is "expanding his role beyond tennis," according to a press release:

In addition to his work on tennis, McEnroe will serve as an analyst on SportsCenter discussing major topics of all sorts and handling sit-down interviews with top sports stars. He also will make regular appearances on ESPN2’s Olbermann and on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike, also seen weekday mornings on ESPN2. In addition, he also will also be heard on ESPN Radio New York (98.7 FM).

The New York Daily News reported over the weekend that the seven-time Grand Slam winner and broadcasting legend will be taking his talents to radio.

“Radio is something I really want to pursue,” McEnroe told the newspaper. “Hopefully we can put our heads together over time and figure out a way to get this done. This (the new contract) is a pretty long one. We can figure out what best suits them and best suits me.”

McEnroe once hosted his own TV show, McEnroe, on CNBC, and also was a panelist on the HBO show Costas Now. He turned 55 on Sunday—the day after he won the Indianapolis stop on the PowerShares tour.

“While I feel I can go out there and play at a reasonably high level, hopefully over the next three or four years I will be playing less and less and doing more and more on the other side of the camera or on the radio,” McEnroe said. “I’m feeling pretty good about 55. I try buying into the 60 being the new 40 routine.”

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