ESPN Will Have Wall-To-Wall Vick Coverage on Wednesday
In an e-mail hyping their coverage plans, ESPN announced that they plan to have on-site coverage at the prison in Leavenworth, Kan., in Hampton Roads, Va., (site of Vick's dog-fighting compound), and Atlanta. There will be at least 13 ESPN reporters working the story Tuesday and Wednesday,
When ESPN wonders how they went from every sports fan's best friend to the leviathan that is both respected and loathed at the same time, Tuesday's hour-long Vick special will be a perfect example of why. The reality is that very little news will occur on Tuesday or Wednesday -- Vick will step out of prison and head to his house arrest. It's possible he'll walk to a car on camera, but he may not speak to any reporters.
But that doesn't really matter. The coverage of the event is built around speculation. The hour-long special will ask over and over whether Roger Goodell will reinstate Vick, which teams are possible landing spots, and how effective he will be after a long layoff. In other words, it will be an hour of sports talk radio.
But maybe we'll be saved from all the speculation/overkill. Brett Favre could announce on Tuesday that he's coming back to play.
Just kill me now.