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The People Of TNB Versus ESPN

Posted by Matt on January 16, 2008

A faithful follower of The Nasty Boys, JR, left the following comment on the article What’s That Sound?:

“Send this article to anyone and everyone you can at ESPN. I’d be interested to hear their response to it.”

Well, the management thought it was such a good idea that we have decided to follow through with it but which direction to take it was the first question that needed to be answered.

ESPN.com has what they call an “Ombudsman,” much like a college campus, and her name is Le Anne Schreiber and her description is as follows:

“Ombudsman Le Anne Schreiber is the public’s representative to ESPN, offering independent examination and analysis of ESPN’s media outlets. The former New York Times sports editor and author will critique decision-making, coverage and presentation of news, issues and events on ESPN television and other media. Schreiber will have a two-year tenure and succeeds George Solomon, ESPN’s initial Ombudsman.”

Good enough for me. She has an e-mail contact so I have forwarded my article regarding ESPN’s Duke/ACC/East Coast-bias to her and the general qualm everyone outside of the state of North Carolina has with it.

Here were my comments, followed by a transcript of said article:

“I would like to comment on the reoccurring theme with ESPN that gives the appearance of a Duke/ACC/East Coast bias. If you want further explanation, here is an article I have found regarding just that: “

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The point of this exercise is to not bring cheap attention to this site but it is merely to see, as JR stated, what their response might be. I am sure it will be a standard response including ESPN’s drive to be “The Worldwide Leader In Sports” but it will be an interesting experiment nonetheless.

I will keep you posted…

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