ESPN launching 'First Take' show on Facebook Watch

First Take: Your Take (ESPN/Facebook)

On Jan. 29, ESPN is launching “First Take: Your Take,” which it says will debut its first episodic digital show, on Facebook Watch.

The series, which is a spinoff of “First Take” on ESPN, will stream three times per week exclusively on Facebook Watch.

The show will feature studio segments with Molly Qerim and featured commentators Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman, and it will also allow viewers to share their own takes by uploading their videos on Facebook, some of which will then be packaged into the show’s episodes on Wednesdays. On Fridays, one viewer will be picked to directly debate with a First Take commentator.

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“I’m excited about this new venture,” said Smith in a release. “Despite First Take’s success, this is yet another forward step in our venture to increase our audience, reminding all of them that ‘There Is No Success For Us Without You.’ Our latest attempt to build via social media should serve as an emphatic piece of evidence that the entire First Take family fully recognizes complacency is our ultimate enemy. We won’t allow it. So, yet again, here we come!”

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“We’ve created something truly unique and innovative with First Take: Your Take,” said Ryan Spoon, senior vice president of Social Content at ESPN, in a statement. “This engaging video experience is the first of its kind that takes the best of ESPN and marries it with the best of what the Facebook Watch platform has to offer. By doing this, we are not only speaking directly to fans but also bringing them into the conversation as active participants.”

“First Take: Your Take is ideally suited for Facebook Watch,” said Dan Reed, Facebook head of Global Sports Partnerships, in a statement. “With its highly interactive and social elements, the show has great potential to spark conversation and bring people together. We're excited to partner with ESPN to create such an active viewing experience for fans and look forward to seeing the Facebook community get the chance to debate the First Take crew.”

“First Take: Your Take” can be accessed on Facebook Watch for free on mobile apps across Apple and Android, on desktop, laptop and on TV apps.

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