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Can ESPN go local? Or is this rival sniping?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Birdscribe, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. Birdscribe

    Birdscribe Active Member

    An interesting read from James Rainey of the LA Times regarding ESPN(fill in city).com's seeking traction.


    The lead is particularly amusing.
  2. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    The lead is cheap in my book. If you're going to bash a company, provide the details. Who was this person who challenged Joe Davidson and said, "I'm ESPN!" Was it Chris Berman? Linda Cohen? Some stringer they hired to take stats? Someone in between? Did it happen at all?

    As a reader, I don't know and, further, I begin to question the story because its lead goes out of its way to position ESPN, the company, as some schoolyard bully based on something that some little underling may (or may not) have said.
  3. Cousin Jeffrey

    Cousin Jeffrey Active Member

    The lead story about the reporter fighting with ESPN producer is funny, but it doesn't really fit the narrative, because ESPN local efforts have nothing to do with the production side. The blog stuff doesn't really fit either. A real hodgepodge of a story.
  4. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Agreed. Joe Davidson's been covering preps in Sactown for years and no AD in the Bee's circulation area is going to deny him a seat, ESPN or no ESPN, and what that has to do with the web side, I don't know.
  5. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Heck, ESPN may want to offer Joe a job.
  6. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Interesting that the rollout of the sites has slowed down and no new cities have been announced.
  7. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    This was my take. When your kicker is that it's best to advance with some humility, and your examples of SBNation and BleacherReport have nothing to do with humility, or really anything having to do with anything...well, you lose me.
  8. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    They got the towns with O&O radio affiliates first. Low-hanging fruit.
  9. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    ESPN is poised to strike when newspapers fold.

    If the Richmond Times Dispatch goes belly up for example, the TV stations will take over the news reporting with their websites and ESPN.Richmond will gobble up the sports.
  10. derwood

    derwood Active Member

    Summer slow down.
  11. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    I think I've gone to ESPN/NY three times since it started.
    I see no reason to go there.
  12. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    If, and a big IF, the newspaper websites went down, where would you go?
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