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Sam Ponder Responds to "Sources" Discussing Her ESPN Movement


When it comes to ESPN, the rumors are nonstop. 

Kaylee Hartung is reportedly leaving for CNN, there's layoffs expected, and now there are reports that Sam Ponder is the replacement for Chris Berman on Sunday NFL Countdown. According to Sports Illustrated, there's talk that she would take the job and leave College Gameday.

"[ESPN president John] Skipper also wants to get more women in front-facing positions for the network's NFL coverage," SI's Richard Deitsch wrote. "There has also been plenty of internal talk that management wants the host of this show to focus on facilitating conversations between the analysts as opposed to being an NFL wonk. Anyone who has watched the show over the last decade knows Berman rarely offered an opinion beyond something you'd see straight out of the NFL's PR office." 

As for Ponder, she's not reading too much into the hype.

If there is something going on with her position at ESPN, rest assured she'll be the first (or second) to let everyone know.