LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The early scouting reviews are out for the 2018 school basketball season, and right here is the surest prediction of all:
ESPN.com has raced from a one-seed to a sixteen-seed in its digital protection of the game.
As a headline author from the New York Day by day Information would write it:
ESPN.com to School Basketball: Drop Lifeless.
Excuse me if I want a second to digest this. ESPN, the tv community, was constructed on school basketball.
Massive Monday. The Huge East. Michael Jordan. Bob Knight. Allen Fieldhouse. Hoya Paranoia. Ralph Sampson. Rupp Area. Louie Carnesecca’s sweaters. Phi Slama Jama. Freedom Corridor.
If it didn’t occur on ESPN, it did not occur. Nothing confirmed that a program had arrived faster and extra authoritatively than the sight of a white banner with the purple letters E-S-P-N hanging in an area. College students snatched the banners to hold of their dorms.
ESPN.com was a pure spinoff. It turned the place to go for a lot of the prime nationwide perception and knowledge into school hoops. Sometimes, when it was time for a major occasion just like the Champions Basic, the ACC/Massive Ten Problem or Duke-North Carolina, ESPN.com arrange, coated after which analyzed the video games. It is the place the place the perfect writers within the recreation needed to work.
Time ran out Wednesday.
ESPN.com, the web site, introduced it has as a lot curiosity in backgammon and marbles because it does within the recreation that made sports activities followers pay critical consideration to the community greater than three many years in the past.
The announcement got here within the jarring information that among the many one hundred or so staff ESPN laid off this week have been Dana O’Neil, Andy Katz, C.L. Brown, Eamonn Brennan and Len Elmore. (Sure, I do know all of them and contemplate them pals.)
There might be extra. The names continued to trickle out of Bristol, Conn., the best way that analyst Seth Greenberg confirmed that Katz not labored at ESPN.
Should you’re preserving rating, meaning ESPN not had a spot or area for school basketball’s greatest story-teller (O’Neil), info man (Katz), Tobacco Street aficionado (Brown), analytics/development spotter (Brennan) and old-fashioned analyst (Elmore).
Sure, Jeff Goodman, Myron Medcalf, John Gasaway, Jeff Borzello and some others survived, however school soccer, the NBA, MLB and the NFL did not take the appreciable hit that school basketball took.
Think about that affirmation school basketball issues much less to the 4-letter community than blocking and tackling dummies. Contemplate this my letter of concern that ESPN.com is ready to desert critical…