ESPNU enters late-night wars with 'Unite'

ESPN will officially make its foray into the late-night television circuit on Aug. 27. The network’s first late-night entertainment show, "UNITE," will air daily on ESPNU at midnight ET providing a live late-night snack of sports, humor and social buzz Monday through Friday.

“An authentic late-night entertainment show for a new generation of sports fans is an idea we have been pursuing for several years,” said Rosalyn Durant, ESPNU vice president. “We want to connect with some of the most passionate college fans -- college students -- at the intersection of sports and pop culture.”

ESPN’s Yaron Deskalo, an Emmy Award-winning "E:60" producer, is the show’s coordinating producer, planning and shaping the content and structure of UNITE.

“The way people consume entertainment has shifted dramatically, and continues to evolve by the day. There is a unique opportunity to provide sports news and humor through new avenues,” Deskalo said. “Some things on 'UNITE' you will recognize as late-night entertainment staples -- a couch, guests and, of course, an in-studio musical act -- will all be part of the show, but not necessarily in the way you’ve seen it done before.”

Live from the ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn., the show’s three hosts will push the envelope with an often irreverent look at social media and video-driven sports of the day. Expect nightly guests, but not always on the couch. The show will use the latest technologies to connect with the world outside the studio walls, incorporating many guests and sports fans via Skype.