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Death of the Sports Interview

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Simon, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. Simon

    Simon Active Member

    Great points and thoughts in this column by Tim Keown.

  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Was this published in the newest ESPN The Magazine, which is The Interviee Issue?
  3. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    The distance between fans and athletes has never been smaller thanks to Twitter.

    "The death of the sports interview" hurts the media much more than the fans.
  4. brandonsneed

    brandonsneed Member

    Chris Jones's backpage column touches on this topic, too, and I thought it was pretty great. Can't find it online yet, not sure if it will be at all, but it's worth at least picking up the mag if you see it in a store somewhere.
  5. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

  6. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Ah, this explains Jones' tweets from Tuesday.

    He had a few, all making the same point, including this one:

    "LeBron James gave Charlie Pierce 15 minutes for an SI cover story. Mailer ran with Ali."
  7. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    This is a big reason I soured on the profession. Everything is so insanely choreographed. No one tells you anything. A few times a year, I would get decent time with subjects for a piece. But mostly, it was gang-bang bullshit.

    When I freelance from time to time now, I often get to interview real people about the interesting things they are doing. Just a couple of guys shooting the shit. It's blissful.
  8. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Well, that, and you couldn't wear your muscle shirts & flip flops anymore.
  9. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    YF, could that disparity have something to do with the fact Ali is a profoundly interesting person and James is profoundly not? Fifteen minutes might be all he can handle in the self-revelation department.
  10. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    I willing to admit, I'm not qualified to answer that question.

    Maybe some others can weigh in on that one.
  11. brandonsneed

    brandonsneed Member

  12. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Brandon, you recently did an ESPN: The Magazine story that I enjoyed about a down-on-his-luck everyman basketball player from Chicago who seemed to give you plenty of time to learn his story.

    That's the kind of freaking sports journalism I like to both read and, once upon a time and hopefully again some day, undertake.
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