Late on the afternoon before James announced he was taking his talents to South Beach, Smith and Tribble came upon a photo of James walking off the court after a 2008 playoff loss to the Celtics. That's when they knew they had their image. Smith then wrote the words "7 Years in Cleveland. No rings." He and Tribble took the design to managing editor
Pulitzer Prize winner
Outside of a few dissenting voices who thought Darke
The reporter was vacationing in Chicago with his family when his newsroom alerted him to Evans's arrest on July 1. He and his colleagues (notably reporter
"When I was back in Atlanta on July 3, I turned in early. I had a 3:45 a.m. wake up so I could be at the station by 4:30 a.m. to prepare for anchoring Channel 2's coverage of the AJC Peachtree Road Race. That morning when I got up and checked my phone I found a message from my source that Evans was out as A.D. At 3:56 a.m. I copied the station and tweeted, "BREAKING NEWS. Source close to the UGA athletic office tells me Damon Evans is out as Georgia's AD. Official announcement will be Monday." Klein then broke the story on television with his live shot at the road race at 7 a.m. Nice work.
The sports media has an endless supply of self-absorbed and narcissistic types (yes, I'll include myself here) and McIntyre skillfully played upon those traits. At the onset, he was relentless about e-mailing sports writers and on-air people for any morsel of gossip. ESPN radio host
McIntyre eventually dropped his
"I wanted to offer something that wasn't necessarily being done on other ESPN platforms," Flatter said. "I wanted to take advantage of our ability to immediately access interviews, news conferences, man-on-the-street reaction, etc., and use that audio to paint a word picture wherever I went. I think
In an age of social media and 3-D programming, I asked Flatter if there's still a place for a general interest radio sports reporter. "For radio as a whole, our portability remains a huge advantage," he said. "We can generate content from almost anywhere at anytime, and with technology today that allows us to almost instantly make a digital recording and e-mail it back home. It makes quite an impression that we can put content to air quickly. Being on the spot in that respect is still what radio does best."
Plenty of great work gets done by people every day at ESPN, especially on the newsgathering and production side. Even more so than viewers who endured this self-aggrandizing, selling-out-our-journalistic-soul, narcissistic shamathon, those ESPN staffers are the ones who deserve an apology.