• Hosting an 11 p.m. CDT show, which will debut in mid-October, on the CBS Sports Network. He also will be an analyst for regular-season college basketball for the network.
• Contributing to CBSSports.com, including columns and podcasts.
Gottlieb also said he was excited about joining CBS Sports Radio on the ground floor, even though his audience will be smaller. He will be going from more than 300 full-time ESPN Radio stations to 90, but he will be in more major markets.
“It will be the same show with a little different philosophical beliefs than ESPN Radio has,” he said. “I’m the same storyteller. I’m the same interviewer.”
Gottlieb said his new work schedule will provide him more time to spend during the day with his wife, Angie, and his young children — 6-year-old twin daughters Harper and Grace and 3-year-old son Hayes.
He said the lure of returning to Southern California, where his parents, Bob, 72, and Jane, 66, live, also was big. He also has a brother and sister who live in California.
“I have two places I call home in this world,” Gottlieb said. “Orange County is one and Oklahoma is the other.”
Gottlieb has mulled the decision for weeks, noting it was difficult for him to leave ESPN and its campus atmosphere.
“It is as good and as heartfelt a parting as I think there’s ever been. I loved the place,” he said. “Even though I will wear a different badge, I will always carry a kind of banner as a guy who grew up and learned the profession at ESPN. I didn’t take journalism school. I went to the ultimate journalism school, ESPN.”
Gottlieb said ESPN has pulled him off the air even though his contract doesn’t expire until mid-September.