Thursday, September 20, 2007
Came across this interview with Suzy Kolber in the Kansas City Star, and I was wondering why she would talk to a random KC paper and not return my phone calls. 87 messages isn't a bad thing is it? Anywho, the writer (Jeffery Flanagan) posed the question of how awful and annoying sideline reporting hasn't gotten and I thought Suzss'ss answer was pretty interesting.
At some point in the last decade, sideline reporters lost their identity and seemed to concentrate more on fluffy pregame features that might as well have been presented from the studio or the booth rather than from the sideline.Umm did you? Because I haven't f'ing noticed.
But Suzy Kolber, who along with Michele Tafoya works the sidelines on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” said sideline reporters are slowly regaining their identity, at least at her network.
“I think you’re right that the trend went the other way for awhile,” Kolber told me by phone. “But I know here at ESPN our executives had a meeting about halfway through last season and the decision was made to try and redefine the role of sideline reporting to make it much more ‘in the moment.’
“There’s going to be a change of philosophy to go back to what sideline reporting used to be, more about what’s going on on the sideline in terms of injuries or players interacting. We have access no one else does, so we have to be the eyes and the ears for the viewers.”- KolberHoly Shit! I can't believe they figured it out....it only took how long? Can you let me know when that happens please? I'd love to witness that first hand.
In all seriousness I never understood the job at all, and I don't think Producers did/do either. Sideline Reporters rarely ask hard questions and their pieces have became so cheesy and boring that they had to get the hottest women they could find just to keep people interested. I mean how hard would it be to give the coach or player a headset and a mic like they do in Soccer and save a few 100 thousand bucks a year in salary?
I also think Kolber, Bonnie Bernstein, and Erin Andrews' talents are wasted down on the sidelines and they could do just as good a job if not better than some of the male leads they have in place now. You can fire everyone else though.
Putting the ‘report’ back in sideline reporting (Kansas City Star)