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What happens in Vegas gets pulled from ESPN.com

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by novelist_wannabe, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    WWL says reporter didn't make clear to sources that he was writing a story ...

  2. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    FTR, Rob King is one of the good guys. I'm perplexed how Markazi would have just been partying with James if he WEREN'T there as a reporter, and if that's not a warning sign of some sort.
  3. SportsDude

    SportsDude Active Member

    I don't know whether ESPN is an enabler or a stockholder of LeBron Inc. at this point.
  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    A reporter? I thought he was just a sponging lapdog! My bad.
  5. Piotr Rasputin

    Piotr Rasputin New Member

    Markazi's M.O. is to party with athletes, attend the same social events and write about them.

    He did it for SI.com, and now does it for ESPNLosAngeles.com. It would be interesting to find out if his method this time around was different.
  6. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    OK so I hope so other journalist follows up by confirming everything the WWL.com reported.
  7. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    But how would he "get inside the ropes" with LeBron if his people didn't know who he was?
  8. funky_mountain

    funky_mountain Active Member

    according to richard sandomir's story in today's ny times, the writer got access through a chris bosh connection.

    ESPN's version of events is detailed in the story:

  9. Piotr Rasputin

    Piotr Rasputin New Member

    More along those lines:

  10. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    Piotr Rasputin is right.

    Markazi is a reputable journalist as in, he is known, in a social-media, publicity-machine kind of way because he has worked for nothing but major publications and Web sites. Seeing that, I was not surprised at his hiring by ESPN LA. He fits right in with the "culture" there, I'm sure.

    From a journalism standpoint, though, it has long been hard to imagine how Markazi built such a fast-track career of moves from virtually nothing but one national destination-type outlet to another in the span of less than 10 years since I took (and had pull out of him, question by agonizing question/statistic, and had to write for him) a high school highlight that he called in on a football game in which David Koral set a national single-game passing record of 764 yards for Cathedral High of Los Angeles in 2000.
  11. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    Didn't he go straight from USC to SI?

    I seem to recall him having feuds with TJ Simers when he was at USC, which always is a good idea only in the mind of the college kid.
  12. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    There is a term for a guy like Markazi who writes about Lebron's adventures in Vegas.
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