"We are very sorry to have to share the devastating news of the tragic passing of friend and ESPN colleague Edward Aschoff," ESPN said in a statement. "He died earlier today, his 34th birthday. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his fiancee Katy."
A native of Oxford, Mississippi, and the son of a professor at the University of Mississippi, Aschoff grew up immersed in Ole Miss college football. Aschoff studied at the University of Florida, and covered Urban Meyer's championship-winning Gators teams for The Gainesville Sun.
Aschoff joined ESPN in 2011. After a 2017 move to Los Angeles, Aschoff covered more national stories for ESPN, reporting from campuses across the country for ESPN.com, SportsCenter, SEC Network and ESPN Radio, and worked as a television and radio sideline reporter during college football games.
Since Aschoff's death was announced, tributes have been pouring in from colleagues and sports stars who worked with him.
Man... This is devastating. And today is Ed’s birthday. He was a good man. Loved talking about the biz, college football and his Gators. He will be missed by so many people. I can’t believe this. Life is so precious. Say a prayer for him and his family. https://t.co/i7iXqUNiNY
— Kevin Negandhi @KNegandhiESPN December 25, 2019
We are incredibly sad to learn of Ed’s passing. He was smart, insightful & always prepared, including when he served as one of our guest media officials during a spring game in Athens. Our sympathies & prayers for his family, friends & colleagues. https://t.co/bl8ihNlzpB
— Greg Sankey @GregSankey December 25, 2019
I am incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of our colleague Edward Aschoff...Ed was a kind individual who was always gracious with his time in our interactions on ESPN Radio...He was a true professional and he will be missed...Prayers are with his family and fiancee Katy
Even though most of the news these days is terrible, every now and then something good comes out of the coronavirus pandemic. In this case, since ESPN doesn’t have any new sports to air right now, they’ve bumped up the premiere of the 10-part Michael Jordan documentary series The Last Dance. Originally intended to arrive in June, the series will now begin in April, and a new trailer has just arrived. Check it out below and find out when you can start watching The Last Dance on ESPN.
Final Michael Jordan Documentary Series Trailer
ESPN will begin airing The Last Dance on April 2 and will debut a new episode every Sunday night through May 17 the release was originally scheduled for June 23 in the United States0. The documentary will be available on Netflix for international viewers, though it’s not clear when it will be released worldwide yet.
In an official statement announcing the major schedule change, ESPN said:
“As society navigates this time without live sports, viewers are still looking to the sports world to escape and enjoy a collective experience. We’ve heard the calls from fans asking us to move up the release date for this series, and we’re happy to announce that we’ve been able to accelerate the production schedule to do just that. This project celebrates one of the greatest players and dynasties ever, and we hope it can serve as a unifying entertainment experience to fill the role that sports often play in our lives, telling a story that will captivate everyone, not just sports fans.”
The Last Dance focuses on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls as they make run for their sixth NBA championship in 1998. It would be the end of an era all over again after Jordan had previously retired from basketball in 1993 following a streak of three championships, only to return in 1995 and lead the Bulls to another trio of victories, earning themselves another three-peat. However, that final season was a grueling one for Jordan and his teammates.
But the series doesn’t just focus on that final season. Directed by Jason Hehir The Fab Five, The ’85 Bears, Andre the Giant, the documentary has an amazing collection of archival footage from the glory years of the Chicago Bulls roster throughout the 1990s. As it covers the team’s final championship season, we’ll also weave through Jordan’s life before joining the NBA, the team’s growth after his draft, and the team’s first championship, as well as all those that followed. Hehir said in ESPN’s press release:
“Michael Jordan and the ‘90s Bulls weren’t just sports superstars, they were a global phenomenon. Making ‘The Last Dance’ was an incredible opportunity to explore the extraordinary impact of one man and one team. For nearly three years, we searched far and wide...