ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter’ to return for a fifth season in 2018

ESPN announced Wednesday that it has ordered a fifth and final season of “SportsCenter” in 2018.

The cable network said the upcoming season will be its longest-running series and will feature the likes of former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb, NBA All-Star LeBron James and NBA All Pro Stephen Curry.

“SportsCovver” will also be the first program to feature former NBA All Star Kobe Bryant, who retired from the game in 2019.ESPN said that it will be able to continue to “celebrate its core values of excellence, fairness and inclusion” as a platform for “high-quality journalism.”ESPN said it has a slate of projects to air in the coming years, including “SportsCenters” that will air on ESPN2, “Sportscenter,” “SportsNation,” “Outfront” and “Outside the Lines.”

The show will be followed by “ESPN’s First Take,” which will air twice per week at 10 a.m. ET.