Deford has spoken: ESPN, lighten up

“ESPN does so much quality work, but at a certain point, in whatever field, if you become omnipotent, and if you are secure, you stop being a conceited smarty-pants and start exhibiting a measure of grace.”

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What’s taken ESPN so long to hire Frank Deford as its new ombudsman? Probably because this will be his best shot. The rest would be tough to match as critical commentary — or much substance.

A link to the esteemed sports journalist’s take on the Worldwide Leader from this morning NPR “Morning Edition” under the headline: “High-and-mighty ESPN Should Take It Down A Notch” (linked here). It’s also a four-minute commentary that you can listen to, to get the full Deford nuances.

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