Friday, May 30, 2008
Next week the 5-year, $17 million dollar contract (seriously) that Rick Reilly signed with ESPN will kick off in full force. Teddy Greenstein at Chicago Sports has an interview with the former SIer and what some of his early projects will be.
Early assignments include an essay during ESPN's coverage of the June 7 Belmont Stakes and a column for ESPN the Magazine that hits newsstands Wednesday.In all honesty the subject matter seems spot and hopefully Reilly's "attitude" portrays them in the best light. My problem with his writing was always the "I'm better than you" attitude and the "I get to do stuff you'll never be able to" tone of his columns. Maybe on-air he won't seem as egotistical, but I guess we'll see.
The topic: Reilly's father, Jack, who died last month.
"It will be an emotional, confessional thing," he said.
In addition to his every-other-week magazine column, Reilly will write biweekly columns for ESPN.com.
He'll do essays for SportsCenter — "I hope you don't have hi-def," he joked — and is developing a monthly show called "ESPN Homecoming."
You've heard of "Inside the Actor's Studio"? This would be like "Inside the Athlete's Studio" with the athlete surrounded by friends, family and former teammates in his hometown.
Rick Reilly digs in at ESPN (Chicago Sports)
Posted by Awful Announcing- at 4:30 PM