This runs counter to what has become prevailing wisdom, that showing highlights and results widely available to fans via the internet and now smartphones is redundant.
Patrick, a Mason native who made his name as a SportsCenter host in the 1990s, offered that doing something unique with the highlights would be the key to drawing viewers.
Steele replied with a salient point: “What they’ve seen on their phones and their devices is a 25-second clip. You’re usually not going to sit on your phone and watch a two-minute highlight.
“So you’ll get a clip, but there is a lot more to every highlight. It’s a story. It’s not just a home run. It’s what happened before the home run. That’s’ what I think we’ll bring that’s different.”
I like to bang on ESPN for its numerous editorial failures over the years, but this is an encouraging sign.
Could the ESPN we used to know and love actually make a comeback?
The biggest question might be how long the network is willing to wait and see if this “new” format works.
As I wrote when the network let go a large group of editorial staffers while keeping its high-priced carnival barkers, ESPN's addiction to opinion has been drowning it since nearly the turn of the century.
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I myself quit watching SportsCenter when the highlights were made second fiddle to “Coors Light Cold, Hard Facts” and various other opinion segments many years ago.
In the end, I would say analysis is good but arguing for the sake of arguing – at least on a news show – gets old fast.
I guess we'll have to keep our fingers crossed they get it right this time, but if not, well, I've already learned to live without SC anyway.