ESPN, your source for all that’s presidental

Barack Obama’s presidental inauguration on Tuesday has the usual coverage — CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, ESPN, Fox News … wait, back up on that.


ESPN says it plans to dispatch Jeremy Schaap, reporting from the U.S. Capitol, during “SportsCenter” starting at 8:30 a.m. with reaction from the day’s festivities, including reaction from athletes in attendance.

Maybe Schaap can also do some behind the scenes work for “E:60” to determine how 5,000 porta-potties will accomodate 5 million people watching the event in person.

There’s also a 10-hour block of coverage starting at 10 a.m. on ESPN Classic, somehow tying Obama’s presidency to a series called “Breaking Barriers,” which are profiles on ground-breaking athletes such as Arthur Ashe, Jack Johnson, Bill Russell, Texas Western’s 1966 NCAA basketball title, Ernie Davis, Eddie Robinson and Willie Jeffries. More “Breaking Barriers” profiles air on MLK Day, Monday, focused on Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron and others.

You don’t even know what kind of stuff that is loading up on. But we’ll let you know anyway. Stuff like stories focusing on how U.S. presidents developed sports for children (Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower). They also have Washington Post writer Len Shapiro coming up with a list of Washington D.C. golf courses that Obama may want to play.

Maybe hooking up with Michael Jordan somewhere on the back nine, obviously, for a real power twosome.

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