If I were a non-Duke ACC fan or a Syracuse/Pitt/WVU/Rutgers fan, I’d have reached for the clicker after five minutes …that’s if I would have even ventured to the Egomaniacal Self imPortant Network in the first place.
I have nothing but the utmost respect for those coaches (and many like them), and being a Penn State and Paterno fan, I sort of found this interesting. But I do get where djones is coming from.
Many of us who work for these networks and cover (or covered, in my case) big-time athletes/coaches for a living will do nothing but pump up their egos. The network that we are working for doesn’t want to get on the bad side of the superstars of the sports that they have million and sometimes billion dollar contracts with. So they will play by their (athletes/coaches/leagues/schools) rules. And if that means pre-screened questions and keenly edited shows, then that’s what it means.
“Feed the hand that feeds you” is ESPN’s and other’s mottos and I sort of get it, but don’t like it (probably why I’m not working the NBA/NFL and the like anymore). Writers, like djones, don’t necessarily have to play by those rules. In fact, newspapers/e-media would prefer that they don’t to sell more papers and get more eyeballs.
With that all said, however, ESPN and Mark Shapiro specifically (different thread, I know) pi$$ed more than a few people off by rattling a few skeletons in the closets of some of the more famous people in sports during the production of the SportsCentury series (though most of those athletes were already past their prime and not associated with the leagues that ESPN had their big contracts with). In the end, it’s probably why SportsCentury is considered one of the greatest series ESPN or any other sports media outlet ever produced. It tackled some tough issues of some big-time athletes’ lives and sort of lived to tell about it.