ESPN Media Week Is Over, So What Have We Learned?

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)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 2:58 PM


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.”

God, even when admitting mistakes ESPN suits come off poorly. "I'm willing," like you deserve a medal for pointing out the obvious? "Perhaps we could have executed it differently?" PERHAPS? REALLY?! Don't you mean "DEFINITELY"?!

Kyle said...
Aug 31, 2007, 3:47:00 PM  

Is it just me or is ESPN becoming Gene Simmons-like with their pursuit for dollars??? Like Spaceballs, I assume that ESPN: The Breakfast Cereal, ESPN: The Lunchbox, and ESPN: The Flamethrower are well on their way to a shelf near you.

GMoney said...
Aug 31, 2007, 3:58:00 PM  

The online Pittsburgh Post Gazette is now...


The PODS at ESPN will continue to do really annoying, stupid things.

Let's toast to their choosing to do so!!!

It's must more funner that way.

hollywood wags said...
Aug 31, 2007, 3:59:00 PM  

Deadspin is out to get them. Yeesh. And if they successfully kill Deadspin, there will be no more critics.

Anonymous said...
Aug 31, 2007, 4:01:00 PM  

So hilarious that the inmates, er, I mean employees, are leaking info now to the bloggers! Hilarious!

Let the revolution begin!!!!

Anonymous said...
Aug 31, 2007, 4:07:00 PM  

Remember that Simpsons when Mr. Burns bought the Springfield-Shopper and Channel 6 News, eventually crushing Lisa's homemade newspaper? If ESPN were to destroy Deadspin, it would just be the martyr for the rest of the blogging world (Willie World News, I see you!)

Kyle said...
Aug 31, 2007, 4:12:00 PM  

I think you forgot one bullet point:

- Skipper and Bodenheimer vowed that ESPN's producers, writers, reporters and anchors will not rest until Brady Quinn is named starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns

Anonymous said...
Aug 31, 2007, 4:33:00 PM  

ESPN is just following in the footsteps of their leader.

Anything more commercialized that the juggernaut known as The Mouse?

mcoale said...
Aug 31, 2007, 4:35:00 PM  

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