Since TheBigLead reported this morning (linked here) that Jim Rome was ready to exit ESPN ASAP after eight years when his “JRIB” contract ends — and then scoot over to much-more-difficult-to-locate CBS Sports Network — there’s been an interesting array of blip and blurb reporting done about whether this is true or not, since Rome hasn’t confirmed or denied.
Especially intriguiing is the Twitter-twatter on the subject.
Jim Miller, author of the “They Have All The Fun” book last year about the oral history of ESPN, has tweeted that “ESPN offered a lot of $ for Rome to stay, but it was too little too late.” Miller also writes: “Jim Rome evidently found out he was being moved to ESPN2 when they came out to do a promo campaign for the show. ESPN2 was in the script.”
We’ve known that Rome was not happy with the switch from ESPN to ESPN2 months ago.
John Ourand of the Sports Business Daily adds: “Source confirms CBS and Jim Rome are talking but deal isn’t finalized.”
Attempts to reach Rome, who just finished his national radio show and is en route to do his ESPN2 TV show, will be continued.
Rome’s only recent tweet is about how Forbes did a story about him and his horse racing endeavors (linked here).