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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would've loved NFL Network better, but this isn't bad.
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Should have picked NFL Network IMO.
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As long as every time Ray comes on the air, he has to do his dance, I'll watch!


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So did Marshall Faulk.
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His overall leadership skills and confidence should make him easier to listen to then some of the guys on the ESPN panel. Should be good.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All the more reason not to watch ESPN
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hate ESPN but it does offer a bigger forum and probably able to pay him more money than the NFL Network.
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Another ex jock with no broadcast experience, with no education in broadcasting, and chances are, he didn't have to go through an audition, lands a multi million dollar job he didn't earn.

Another network decides to give a job to someone with no experience in the field that they're going into. How can any young guy that went to college, received a degree in broadcasting, and has paid his dues by working his way up from small markets to larger markets, ever get a job at any network when all they do is give special treatment to unqualified ex jocks?

Networks like ESPN show they're not about hiring the best, they're just about hiring the most popular.

ESPN has become the sports version of E! Network.
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Another ex jock with no broadcast experience, with no education in broadcasting, and chances are, he didn't have to go through an audition, lands a multi million dollar job he didn't earn.

Another network decides to give a job to someone with no experience in the field that they're going into. How can any young guy that went to college, received a degree in broadcasting, and has paid his dues by working his way up from small markets to larger markets, ever get a job at any network when all they do is give special treatment to unqualified ex jocks?

Networks like ESPN show they're not about hiring the best, they're just about hiring the most popular.

ESPN has become the sports version of E! Network.


God forbid they hire an ex-player to offer insight on air about the sport they dedicated their lives to. Yep, I'd rather watch a college graduate who knows little to nothing about football, never played football, and most certainly was never a professional athlete sit there and try to break down the MNF games.
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Another ex jock with no broadcast experience, with no education in broadcasting, and chances are, he didn't have to go through an audition, lands a multi million dollar job he didn't earn.

Another network decides to give a job to someone with no experience in the field that they're going into. How can any young guy that went to college, received a degree in broadcasting, and has paid his dues by working his way up from small markets to larger markets, ever get a job at any network when all they do is give special treatment to unqualified ex jocks?

Networks like ESPN show they're not about hiring the best, they're just about hiring the most popular.

ESPN has become the sports version of E! Network.


They are talking about football. When it comes to that. I would love to listen to Ray Lewis on TV. Why do I want to hear some kid from college talk about the NFL he never played in ? I'm not burning college kids cause I'm one myself but there are tons of other broadcasting options out there.

I dont know about you. But if I had to sit down on sundays and watch RAY LEWIS get me pumped to watched all the games on that day , hell yes I would take it. Hes smart, he knows football, he lives football, ESPN knows he will work hard at his craft cause thats what ray lewis does, thats like a done deal.
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Maybe ESPN won't suck now?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have NFL Network so... good choice Ray.
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Hat Man wrote:
Another ex jock with no broadcast experience, with no education in broadcasting, and chances are, he didn't have to go through an audition, lands a multi million dollar job he didn't earn.

Another network decides to give a job to someone with no experience in the field that they're going into. How can any young guy that went to college, received a degree in broadcasting, and has paid his dues by working his way up from small markets to larger markets, ever get a job at any network when all they do is give special treatment to unqualified ex jocks?

Networks like ESPN show they're not about hiring the best, they're just about hiring the most popular.

ESPN has become the sports version of E! Network.


They are talking about football. When it comes to that. I would love to listen to Ray Lewis on TV. Why do I want to hear some kid from college talk about the NFL he never played in ? I'm not burning college kids cause I'm one myself but there are tons of other broadcasting options out there.

I dont know about you. But if I had to sit down on sundays and watch RAY LEWIS get me pumped to watched all the games on that day , hell yes I would take it. Hes smart, he knows football, he lives football, ESPN knows he will work hard at his craft cause thats what ray lewis does, thats like a done deal.


One aspect of college, and life in general, is to pay attention to details. My quote was,

"How can any young guy that went to college, received a degree in broadcasting, and has paid his dues by working his way up from small markets to larger markets, ever get a job at any network when all they do is give special treatment to unqualified ex jocks?"

The key is, "working his way up from small markets to larger markets". That takes years, and years of hard work. That doesn't qualify someone as being a 'kid from college'.
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Another ex jock with no broadcast experience, with no education in broadcasting, and chances are, he didn't have to go through an audition, lands a multi million dollar job he didn't earn.

I'd say his 17 years in the NFL makes him more qualified to talk about football vs anyone else out there.

This isn't like Emmitt Smith, who can barely speak English - Ray Lewis has always been the first guy that media types flock to when they want a well thought out sound bite. He's been in front of podiums doing post-game pressers for the better part of 17 years (more than that if you consider the lax approach with the media that was the norm in the NCAA when Lewis was a Playboy All American at The U). He might of been on the other side of the mic for those years, but it's safe to say that between post game pressers and numerous endorsement deals he's had, he's had plenty of time to "audition" for the role.

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Another network decides to give a job to someone with no experience in the field that they're going into. How can any young guy that went to college, received a degree in broadcasting, and has paid his dues by working his way up from small markets to larger markets, ever get a job at any network when all they do is give special treatment to unqualified ex jocks?

While I do have sympathy for the college grad in broadcasting, this had to be a known roadblock when said college grad was selecting his major and choosing to pursue this dream. It isn't as if this is some new development; Since the 70s, when Howard Cossell was in the booth with Don Meredith for MNF, the pendelum has been swinging towards the ex-jock who might or might not be the better public speaker than the college grad.

As you said, it isn't as if ALL is lost - sports talk radio is still an avenue, as is the growing broadcasting footprint of satellite radio. More jobs are being taken by ex-jocks, yes...but more jobs are out there, just not as prestegious as the ESPN analyst gig.

I was a Business and Finance major in college; Upon graduating, I had no illusions of landing a CFO role with a Fortune 500 company. That was reserved for those who had a vast amount of experience, experience that was usually attained by some non-traditional role. Same should be in play here; These new grads can't expect to walk into the ESPN offices, take King James' chair and demand the seat next to Chris Berman. That role is reserved for someone who has a vast amount of experience, experience gained in a non-traditional way.

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Networks like ESPN show they're not about hiring the best, they're just about hiring the most popular.

...and that's the lay of the land, ever since Cossell sat next to Meredith on MNF. This shouldn't be news to someone who chose this field to pursue. In fact, it should be something that is incessantly brought up when pursuing this field.

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ESPN has become the sports version of E! Network.

Can't argue with that, but it isn't as if there is a nationally recognized sports broadcasting company that DOESN'T aspire to be an equivalent to ESPN, or the E! Network.

People forget - at the core, football is entertainment. Ergo, the models used in growing this business are in line with what you'd see in...you got it, entertainment.
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Hat Man wrote:
Another ex jock with no broadcast experience, with no education in broadcasting, and chances are, he didn't have to go through an audition, lands a multi million dollar job he didn't earn.

Another network decides to give a job to someone with no experience in the field that they're going into. How can any young guy that went to college, received a degree in broadcasting, and has paid his dues by working his way up from small markets to larger markets, ever get a job at any network when all they do is give special treatment to unqualified ex jocks?

Networks like ESPN show they're not about hiring the best, they're just about hiring the most popular.

ESPN has become the sports version of E! Network.


This post has more fail in it than Mark Sanchez could ever hope for.
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