ESPN Turns To The Nation's Youth For Content

Thursday, December 06, 2007


We already have a 10-year old on Sunday Countdown, so why don't we try out some other options? Actually, this could turn out pretty well. ESPN is asking Colleges and Universities around the Country to help with content across all of ESPN's platforms. Even announcing!

ESPNU, in collaboration with several colleges and universities from across the country, today formally launched a new student-run initiative called “ESPNU Campus Connection.” Working with students, professors and athletic departments, the new ESPNU initiative incorporates student-generated content across multiple ESPN platforms. Some examples include students announcing games (play-by-play announcer and analyst), sideline reporting and producing televised events on ESPNU involving their schools, as well as contributing special segments and feature stories for other ESPN networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN360.com, etc.) and writing articles for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com.

The list of schools participating thus far include Florida State University, Georgetown University, University of Georgia, University of Missouri, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), Ohio University, Pepperdine University, Syracuse University, University of Tennessee, University of Texas (Austin) and Texas Southern University.
Someone really needs to get me ESPNU....I want to be ready for the next "Boom Goes The Dynamite" moment. I kid I kid.....I was actually a Sports Management Major in College and this is a huge thing for a student. Hopefully this will be the first step in actually hiring people with credentials instead of hundreds of ex-athletes for announcing roles.

(Source: ESPN)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 11:11 AM

7 Comments:

Maybe it's the first step in hiring unpaid talent and saving money--I dunno. It's the same reason why America's Funniest Home Videos will be on TV forever. It sure beats hiring actors and scriptwriters, at least they're not losing money.

Anonymous said...
Dec 6, 2007, 11:37:00 AM  

Good point.

Dec 6, 2007, 11:42:00 AM  

Well some of the schools listed, well I know one for sure, Ohio University, is known for journalism and broadcasting……

Anonymous said...
Dec 6, 2007, 11:58:00 AM  

QUITE FRANKLY, I'M GLAD THEY'RE NOT HIRING BLOGGERS AND UNQUALIFIED INTERNET JUNKIES.

STEPHEN A SMITH said...
Dec 6, 2007, 12:11:00 PM  

I was thinking the same thing poster #1. This seems like great way for ESPN to cut costs and look for new talent at the same time.

Anonymous said...
Dec 6, 2007, 1:23:00 PM  

Ohio University is known for inbreeding and bad weed. Matt Lauer and Peter King can suck it.

GMoney said...
Dec 6, 2007, 3:45:00 PM  

You also forgot Jay Mariotti

Anonymous said...
Dec 6, 2007, 5:13:00 PM  

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