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Life of Reilly: The rise, fall and rise again

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by HanSenSE, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. typefitter

    typefitter Well-Known Member

    This. It wasn't "can" as in ability. It was "can" as in opportunity.
  2. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    Good thread.

    15,000-word pieces? God help him for running across those.
  3. Sports Barf

    Sports Barf Active Member

    Rob King couldn’t run a concession stand never mind a media titan
  4. Sports Barf

    Sports Barf Active Member

    You have got to be shitting me. Is this a Rob King burner account?
  5. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    ESPN isn't trying to succeed?

    (I'm not making an argument that Rob King or ESPN are successful. I'm making an argument that neither Rob King nor ESPN have a leftist political agenda.)
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2019
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  6. Sports Barf

    Sports Barf Active Member

    Jesus Christ go get some fresh air
  7. Regan MacNeil

    Regan MacNeil Well-Known Member

  8. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    Some people just aren't good on television. Of the crossovers -- Kornheiser and Wilbon were very good on television. Whitlock is decent.

    Rick Reilly wasn't good on TV. Neither is Simmons. But not their fault that someone offered them a Koncak contract. I'd take it. too, even knowing that I might not be good at it.

    I'll agree with those who say it is a "hard job". While I'm nowhere on the level of a Top 20 news anchor (or someone on SportsCenter), the job has changed. 20 years ago, everyone did an hour in the morning and there was no social media to jump on every goddamn mistake or misspeak.

    Now I do 3.5 hours a day, the people around me have less experience/less understanding of news context and social media is ready to jump down my ass if they perceive we like Trump or hate Trump. It is a harder job because people expect perfection out of others while most people don't hold themselves to any modicum of standards.
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  9. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    Kevin is one of the best sports anchors in the country. He's been doing this since he was 20. The real deal.

    Perhaps people like competence.

    The SC6 had two non-TV people and they just weren't good.
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  10. Guy_Incognito

    Guy_Incognito Well-Known Member

    I used to be a big Sting fan Andy one day he started putting out just the worst, gimmicky crap and I just about gave up on him. I still enjoyed his Police and early solo work, but stopped looking for new material, because each time I ran into it, it was so disappointing. Years later I saw him do a ted talk (i think, or something like it) where he told the story about how he lost his creative spirit. One day we’ll hear the story about Reilly, if he’s self reflective enough. Does the timing work with his divorce? I remember that was something people were talking about.
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  11. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    Since we’re on the race topic with SportsCenter, Bristol is VERY aware of its pairings on the show. It’s definitely not random.

    You’ll very rarely have two white males on SC at the same time and it’s been that way for about 15 years. That’s been an effect of opening up that job to more than just the Ivy Leaguers that filled the chairs from 1979 to about 2000, when you saw more diversity.

    Their first stabs at diversity on the desk weren’t always good. For every Gayle Gardner (who was very good), you’d get a Jason Jackson (who wasn’t).

    The job now, however, isn’t as important as it was 20 years now. Now SC is mostly just filler TV for bars.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2019
  12. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    Looking back, I think ESPN only took Reilly to wipe out SI. It’s a common TV trick. Overpay for a competitive asset and then neutralize that asset by making it irrelevant. NBC does this whenever they’re threatened. Josh Elliott. Megyn Kelly.

    They’re currently doing that with Katie Nolan, anyway.
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