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    This really needs no explanation. DUKE!!! UNC!!! DUKE!!! UNC!!!

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    Today's Baseball Tonight segment with Daren Baker (son of Dusty Baker) chanting 'that's nasty!' during the pitching highlights would be a good place for me to start.

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    Turn the sound down and watch the highlights and it ain't so bad.
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    ESPN's downfall as a good place for sports reporting began when the management decided the ESPN brand name was more important than sports it covered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor View Post
    ESPN's downfall as a good place for sports reporting began when the management decided the ESPN brand name was more important than sports it covered.
    When your commercials advertising your prime show are far more entertaining than the show itself, you have a problem.

    I think Chris Berman has a big part in the decline of ESPN. Bombastic style, overuse of catch phrases, and favoritism toward the most marketable teams. Put young sportscasters into a culture where Berman represents the gold standard and they start imitating it to the point of being irritating. Combine that with a heavy bias toward NY and Boston on the baseball side and you have the reason why I get my sports news off of the internet now.
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    I'm probably one of the few who actually like Dick Vitale. He might act a fool quite a bit, but he speaks with intelligence and insight about the game of college basketball. That's also why I like the college football coverage. Unfortunately, their pro sports coverage is lacking any kind of intellect at all. It's just a bunch of yelling about nothing. See Kruk, John and Phillips, Steve.
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    I don't have cable so I've been boycotting it for awhile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MWM View Post
    I'm probably one of the few who actually like Dick Vitale. He might act a fool quite a bit, but he speaks with intelligence and insight about the game of college basketball. That's also why I like the college football coverage. Unfortunately, their pro sports coverage is lacking any kind of intellect at all. It's just a bunch of yelling about nothing. See Kruk, John and Phillips, Steve.
    I totally agree about Vitale. Knows so much. I really enjoy him.
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    I totally agree about Vitale. Knows so much. I really enjoy him.

    I agree about Vitale too. If you can get past the bombast, he really knows his stuff. And he clearly enjoys what he's doing and hasn't gotten embittered or self-important like a lot of other broadcasters.

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    Combine that with a heavy bias toward NY and Boston on the baseball side and you have the reason why I get my sports news off of the internet now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    I agree about Vitale too. If you can get past the bombast, he really knows his stuff. And he clearly enjoys what he's doing and hasn't gotten embittered or self-important like a lot of other broadcasters.




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    I understand where she is coming from, but I think ESPN does itself and others a large disservice. By keeping the Red Sox / Yankees are the forefront of every waking second they fail to build excitement in anything else. If they treated the teams more as equals the more casual fan might have a better feel for the players of other teams and check into a matchup other than the only one they'll bother to market.

    While the Yankees/Sox games are getting fantastic ratings, I'd bet they are at the expense of every other matchup they show.

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    Vitale might be a smart guy, but listening to him is like reading an internet poster who types in all caps.

    HE MIGHT HAVE SOME GOOD POINTS, BABY, BUT NOBODY'S GOING TO READ IT IF IT LOOKS LIKE THIS!!! NOT EVEN COACH K, BABY!!! HE MIGHT BE A REAL P-T-P-ER, BABY, BUT WHO CAN HEAR IT FOR ALL THE NOISE, BABY!!! NOT EVEN COACH KNIGHT!!! HE MIGHT BE AWESOME BABY, A REAL DIAPER DANDY, BUT WHEN I HAD DINNER THE OTHER NIGHT WITH BILLY DONOVAN AND RICK PITINO, HE TOLD ME TO SHUT UP, DICKIE V, IT'S HARD FOR US TO UNDERSTAND YOU THROUGH ALL THAT YELLING AND NAME DROPPING BABY!!! OHHHHHHH!!! DID YOU SEE THAT!??? AWESOME, BABY!!!
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    Last time I checked, ESPN is almost equi-distant between NYC and Boston. Makes sense to carry both markets, since the NE loves both markets.

    ESPN isn't hurtin' for coin, that's for sure.

    They must be doing something right.

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    It's easy to understand why ESPN focuses so much on the Yankees and Red Sox, those teams simply have more fans. It doesn't bother me or lower them in my eyes. I'm not their target audience, so I simply change the channel during those times.

    Vitale has become a caricature of himself the last few years. He used to make good points about the game of basketball in-between his shouting, but now he just tells stories about Bob Knight or rambles about random happenings in the world. He's become a preacher for the game, which is fine, but I don't want to hear it during a game. I want to hear why Randolph Morris' footwork is off tonight, not how good of a person Tubby Smith is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MWM View Post
    I'm probably one of the few who actually like Dick Vitale. He might act a fool quite a bit, but he speaks with intelligence and insight about the game of college basketball. That's also why I like the college football coverage. Unfortunately, their pro sports coverage is lacking any kind of intellect at all. It's just a bunch of yelling about nothing. See Kruk, John and Phillips, Steve.
    I don't really mind Dick's bias. Problem with Vitale, IMO, is that he never stops talking the whole broadcast. The guy has a paragraph worth of stuff for every little thing and most of it needs to be editted. We don't need to know the history of Syracuse ballboys when it is taking away from the action on the court. At some point my ears need a rest from his voice.

    dabvu2498's assement is pretty much dead on. I turn off the sound whenever he is working.

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    When all is said and done more is said than done.


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