Friday, August 31, 2007
More importantly.....Why wasn't I invited??? Come on guys, you know it would have been fun.
Well luckily for all of us MDS from Fanhouse and other "credible" sites got to attend, and here's what ESPN gave them in Press Release form (I kid, I kid). You do have to commend them for being so forthright.
- Their Real Sports like show will be entitled "E-60" and some of the members will start blogs.
- They somehow have this conviluted idea that the put Jaws in the booth to make you want to be the 4th member. I have no idea what that means.
- They are not planning for a line of ESPN "The Food" (this was my personal favorite from MDS and I agree it would easily sell).
- Fantasy head Matthew Berry wrote for Married with Children, lets his dogs poop in the office, and is going to be everywhere on ESPN.
- Deadspin is out to get them.
- Jemele Hill does not make as much money as The Big Lead reported.
- Video and Fantasy Sports are its priorities, which are two of the things the company does well...for the most part. That makes sense.
- If the Vick Monday Night Football Fiasco was during the Regular Season they say they wouldn't have covered him as much. I don't believe that for a second.
- They are done with producing original content for awhile. It will end with The Bronx is Burning.
.....and lastly and most importantly......
They admitted Who's Now was a bad idea!
Though the execs at ESPN’s Media Workshop held this week in Bristol did not definitively say it would not come back, they admitted that the segments did not compare well with other, lighter summer fare on ESPN’s news program. For example, Skipper said “Who’s Now?” was not as strong as '06’s “Make-A-Wish” series or '05’s “50 States in 50 Days.” Skipper: “It didn’t work as well. I’m willing to concede that.” ESPN President George Bodenheimer added, “Perhaps we could have executed it differently.” Skipper said ESPN would try similar shows in the future, but only if they are more focused on sports. (Sports Business Daily)Hallelujah! Great job by MDS of chronicling his trip to The Leader, and maybe next year AA will be invited. I'll only go though if it doesn't conflicted with The U.S. Air Guitar Championships.
MDS in Bristol (Fanhouse)