- The passing of beloved anchor Stuart Scott on January 4th, 2015, at 49 after a long bout of cancer. He gave a speech at the channel's ESPY awards a few months prior that is just unbelievably spirited, a man ready to Face Death with Dignity, right here. Hannah Storm and Rich Eisen, both of whom had worked with Scott before his passing, announced his death on air on their respective networks, and their reports were heartbreaking.
- Both Hannah Storm (covering the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio) and First Take host Stephen A. Smith both broke down in tears while announcing the death of longtime ESPN colleague John Saunders (host of panel discussion show "The Sports Reporters" as well as a regular on ESPN's college football coverage) on August 10, 2016.
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