Tuesday, May 20, 2008
A panel of 33 journalists from ESPN and across the country will pare down the list of nominations for ESPN’s SportsCenter “TitleTown USA” – an interactive and multimedia effort to determine which city, town or municipality will be declared America’s top championship city by fans this summer. The panel features 12 SportsCenter anchors and 21 accomplished media professionals from top daily newspapers and television outlets.I know people are voting to figure out which town is the best in the Country and that Sports Center will go to each town, but what I don't understand is....Why? So it's basically a bunch of fans in towns like Green Bay and Durham voting for themselves to be featured on Sports Center??? If it wasn't for Who's Now this would be the biggest waste of time ever. I know there isn't much to do in the Summer once Basketball and Hockey end, and I understand the anchors wanting to leave the studio and the writers gaining exposure, but good lord this seems pointless. I could be completely off base here but I just don't get this at all.
The 2008 SportsCenter summer initiative began Wednesday, April 9, with online nominations by fans at http://proxy.espn.go.com/espn/titletown/index. Fans submitted nearly 2,000 individual nominations before the deadline last Friday. The series’ executive production team will select the top-50 entries for the panel of judges to determine the 23 cities, including Green Bay, Wisc., which will compete for the “Title.”
Also, one more random question...didn't they already do this in 2005 when it was called 50 States in 50 Days? In case you care here are the people anchors and columnists involved....
Sportscenter anchors: John Anderson, John Buccigross, Linda Cohn, Josh Elliott, Neil Everett, Jay Harris, Steve Levy, Brian Kenny, Chris McKendry, Stuart Scott, Scott Van Pelt and Stan Verrett.
Panelists: Wendell Barnhouse (College Football Writer/Columnist, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram), Paola Boivin (Columnist, Arizona Republic), Steve Buckley (Columnist, Boston Herald), Chad Cripe (Writer, Idaho Statesman), Rick Dean (Writer, Topeka Capital-Journal writer), Pat Dooley (Columnist, Gainesville Sun), Rick Gosselin (NFL writer, Dallas Morning News), Dave Hyde (Columnist, South Florida Sun-Sentinel), John Ireland (Sports Anchor, KCAL TV – Los Angeles), Steve Kelley (Columnist, Seattle Times), Gwen Knapp (Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle), Jim Litke (Sports Columnist, Associated Press), Tim May (Writer, Columbus Dispatch), Terrence Moore (Writer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Jon Paul Morosi (Writer, Detroit Free-Press), Patrick Saunders (Writer, Denver Post), Kevin Scarbinsky (Columnist, Birmingham News), Peter Schmuck (Columnist, Baltimore Sun), Drew Sharp (Columnist, Detroit Free-Press), Mike Vaccaro (Columnist, New York Post), Jason Wilde (NFL Writer, Wisconsin State-Journal)