In addition to the weekly Sunday media column that focuses on former Dodgers GM and current SportsNet LA studio anlayst Ned Colletti and his new book, “The Big Chair,” we have these Q&A excerpts, and more:
Q: Your resume as a sports writer — Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, the Commercial-News in Danville, Ill., covering football and basketball, leading to covering the Flyers for the Philadelphia Journal … you were on a career path that perhaps you’d still be on if that paper hadn’t folded and you needed to go back to Chicago to find work. Do you miss sports writing?
A: Not really. It was a great outlet. Now when you do this TV work, and have to say things in 90-second bites, you kind of have to write in your head as you’re going along. A comment on the air isn’t written, but you have to formulate that same thought process. But I can’t say I miss journalism or a newspaper job.
Q: The foundation of journalism is the ability to communicate — being clear and concise, finding the right words. Is that a foundation that works for you no matter what job you do?
A: No doubt. You were taught to understand people and the psychology of life across the board and the value of communication. I know now that while I may have started off behind everyone in the baseball world, too – I was in journalism, I wasn’t a minor-league player, I didn’t intern at a major-league club – as my career started to grow and transition into other things, my experience as a writer helped me understand the world of a writer. I could appreciate it when they needed something for their stories. I knew what a columnist was, what a beat writer was. So when I got my first job in baseball in publications, and media relations … If I don’t have the journalism degree, I don’t get the publications job, or work at the Philadelphia Journal where Bob Ibach worked before me at the Journal, I got to know him, now he works for the Cubs and offers me these jobs. All these things lead me to where I am today – and that includes now teaching a sports communication class at Pepperdine on top of a general manager class in sports administration. All these things work for the good in the end.
Q: As it turns out, the son of ESPN’s Karl Ravech, Sam, was one of your students last spring and he got a job in broadcasting (the San Francisco Giants’ Double-A team in Virginia). What do you think of his quick entrance into the business? Continue reading “More Sunday Media: Collecting more data through The Colletti Files” »