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ESPN Triple Covering Michael Vick

Aug 27, 2007 – 10:55 AM
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Michael David Smith

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The biggest story in sports today is the guilty plea that Michael Vick entered in a federal courthouse in Virginia. No one would dispute that.

But is it so big a story that it needs to appear on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNews? That's what the Worldwide Leader is doing today, showing a special edition of ESPN First Take on all three networks. If you want to know what's going on in that Cubs-Brewers-Cardinals NL Central race, you're out of luck. If you want to know about NFL roster cuts, you're out of luck. If you want to see Little League World Series highlights, you're out of luck.

I think it's great that ESPN is devoting a special edition of First Take to the case, because this is a huge news story. But whoever wants to see that can watch it on ESPN. Why also show it simultaneously on ESPN2 and ESPNews?

ESPN did something similar during Game 1 of the NBA Finals, and although I'm sure the Worldwide Leader would say it's an opportunity to make sure it's providing the big event of the day to its viewers, it's the type of thing that strikes me as more likely to annoy its viewers.
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