95.7 The Game has a Christmas present for any of the Bay Area sports talk radio fans out there who enjoy ESPN Radio’s line-up. The Game sent out a press release on Christmas Eve announcing their new partnership with the sports broadcasting juggernaut, effective January 1st, 2013.

The new additions to The Game’s lineup include Mike and Mike in the Morning, the MLB World Series, NCAA Football (including the Bowl Championship Series) and the NBA Finals.

Absent from the list are shows like The Herd with Colin Cowherd and The Nick and Artie Show (which I’m sure you’re all devastated about). Here is The Game’s new weekday lineup, according to the press release:

  •          3:00 am – 6:00 am    Mike & Mike In The Morning (ESPN Radio)
  •          6:00 am-10:00 am     The Rise Guys: Whitey Gleason, Mark Kreidler, and Dan Dibley
  •          10:00 am-12:00 pm     The Pulse with Matt Steinmetz
  •          12:00-3:00 pm           The Wheelhouse with John Lund & Greg Papa
  •          3:00 pm-7:00 pm      Bucher & Towny: Ric Bucher & Chris Townsend
  •          7:00 pm – 12:00am   Guy Haberman

Nothing has really changed beyond Mike and Mike sliding into the slot before The Rise Guys. This comes on the heels of Cumulus’s decision to forgo further partnership with ESPN and instead move forward with CBS Sports Radio. Many BASG commentors wondered what changes could be coming for the KNBR lineup when they broke away from ESPN Radio at the start of the New Year, and while that still remains a mystery, we now know where some of ESPN’s content is headed for Bay Area radio listeners.

This probably means the end for The Game’s partnership with Yahoo! Sports Radio as well. What do you guys think? Will you miss The Herd? Are you glad to know that Mike and Mike will still be available on your airwaves (is anybody up earlier enough to listen to it)? Are you mourning the loss of Nick and Artie?