British Open breakdown; ESPN's ombudsman unplugged
ABC took some major hits from some major publications -- including critics at
• Terrific reporting from ESPN's
• Producers from both the
• Much like we chastised NBC for showing tape-delayed matches at Wimbledon, the incentive to tune into the ESPYs (unless one is asked
"While the belief here is that WEEI has long been an unworthy and often ungrateful beneficiary of the region's unquenchable thirst for its uncommonly successful professional sports teams, it's repeatedly been made clear that WEEI views its success as an irrefutable confirmation of its own collective brilliance."
"I was Watson's age 20 years ago -- still drinking a lot, practically buying Elaine's. I thought I was immortal. What's the big deal about 59?"
"There's a rumor afoot that Nike will confiscate all footage from the British Open and pretend
"Random thought: While at lunch at Subway, I wondered what sandwich
Long ago I had an intimate association with ESPN and it has always had a very special place in my heart, both from a business standpoint and also from just being a fan of it. Since I retired in 2000, I have been teaching at Pepperdine University and enjoying the challenge of trying to motivate young people who aspire to go into this business. It has allowed me to reflect on what my thoughts were about television in general and sports and the media. I thought this might be an interesting way that I could engage in trying to make something better. ESPN has grown an incredible machine that has tremendous influence and a platform that people feel passionate about. I think they do a terrific job but my whole life I've always thought: No matter how terrific something is it can always be better.
I went on the Internet last week to take the temperature of people who have strong feelings. I put both "I love ESPN" and "I hate ESPN" into Google.com. It was like reading Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It brings to the fore one of ESPN's real strengths, and that is people respond passionately to it. Much of this colors where they are coming from. If they are a fan of one sport and they don't feel it is getting enough coverage, they take that personally. It is not like most forms of information/entertainment. I learned a lesson a long time ago when I was at ABC, and I learned it from
It's a different world today. Kids today cannot comprehend the notion of a three- or five-channel universe when they have grown up in a 500-channel universe. Not only that, they can order on demand and they have cell phones where they are constantly connected. The Web is the most transformative technological advancement since [