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Posts by Ed Sherman

About Ed Sherman

Sherman wrote for the Chicago Tribune for 27 years covering the 1985 Bears Super Bowl season, the White Sox, college football, golf and sports media. Sherman also penned a sports business blog for Crain’s Chicago Business and currently blogs at ShermanReport.com, as well as writing for the Chicago Tribune and the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University.
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After a decade at ESPN, J.A. Adande has found his next act

J.A. Adande returned to the Super Bowl last weekend for the first time since 2007. But unlike like his days as a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, he wasn’t there to cover the game. Adande was in Houston to help oversee a traveling group of aspiring sports journalists from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern. He was working … Read More
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Chris Berman looks back on nearly four decades (and tons of nicknames) at ESPN

Last fall, I taught a media studies class based on ESPN at the University of Illinois. The class examined ESPN’s considerable impact on all the touchpoints of media: Broadcasting and journalism; advertising and branding; digital and innovation; documentaries and storytelling and impact on pop culture, to name a few. The opening lecture focused on the roots of ESPN, and … Read More
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For the last time, journalists shouldn't pick Hall of Fame winners

I remember an epiphany of sorts I had one morning in Miami in 1991. I was in town as the national college football writer for the Chicago Tribune. A few years earlier, I was asked to participate in the Associated Press’ college football poll. Back then, there wasn’t a committee selecting four teams for a playoff. The national champion was … Read More
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2016 showed us there's no sure thing in sports media

It wasn’t that long ago that there were a few sure things in this world: — ESPN would continue to print money thanks to fees from its 100 million-person subscriber base. — The NFL would continue to generate massive TV ratings thanks to an insatiable demand for all things football. — The Cubs would continue their century-plus run of … Read More
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What does great sportswriting look like in 2016? Meet the man who decides.

Rick Telander admits he has an addiction. "I read three to four hours each day," Telander said. "Sometimes as much as eight hours. I can’t stop myself. I am addicted to the English language." Naturally, Telander jumped at the opportunity to be the editor of "The Best American Sports Writing: 2016." The annual anthology, overseen by series editor Glenn Stout, … Read More
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How do you write a book about Brett Favre? 500 interviews and no varnish

Brett Favre’s fans are advised that if they prefer not to see his image sullied in any way, they should avoid the new biography on the Packers Hall of Fame quarterback. Favre’s exploits on the field, and raucous escapades off, are captured in Jeff Pearlman’s "Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre." Sure, there are tales of that … Read More
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Years ago, this Cubs fan was a World Series scapegoat. Now, he's a mystery to reporters

At the 1997 Ryder Cup in Spain, I spent a morning walking the fairways with Michael Jordan and the afternoon hanging with former President George Bush for 45 minutes by the 17th green. Now that’s some good name dropping. I bring up that day because after more than three decades in the business, you accumulate a lengthy list of encounters … Read More
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This Chicago Tribune reporter could cover a historic World Series win

I asked Paul Sullivan if he knew anything about I.E. Sanborn. “No, never heard of him,” Sullivan said. Well, Sanborn has the distinction of being the last sportswriter in the Chicago Tribune to write the story of the Cubs winning the World Series. On Oct. 15, 1908, Sanborn’s story detailed how the then powerful North Siders claimed their second straight … Read More
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Why Vin Scully is the greatest announcer in baseball history

There are many ways to measure the incredible longevity of Dodgers announcer Vin Scully. Given my background, I will go with the sportswriter perspective. When Scully made his debut in 1950, Grantland Rice, the most influential sportswriter of all time, was writing columns about Jackie Robinson for a Dodgers teams located in Brooklyn. Now that is some longevity. Well, it … Read More
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3 ex-newspaper columnists team up to launch college football site

Chris Dufresne hopes this comparison to Starbucks carries over to his new college football website. “You see people standing in line in Starbucks every day ready to pay $5 for whatever coffee they want,” Dufresne said. “Why do they do it? The only reason is because they are addicted to caffeine. Well, in a weird sort of way, I … Read More
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For reporters covering the Olympics, a mix of chaos and wonder

Christine Brennan initially was very positive in her assessment of how the Olympics were going in a response to my email over the weekend. However, her reply on Saturday had this line. "Anything can happen this coming week, but so far, Rio is pulling this off," wrote the USA Today columnist and CNN contributor who is covering her 17th Olympics. Read More
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Up against the clock, veteran sports reporter takes a timeout from Olympics coverage

Age gets the best of everyone, including globetrotting sports reporters. Last month, Philip Hersh talked to Poynter about his anticipation in covering his 18th Olympics in Rio. However, last week, Hersh decided to come home early. He wrote on his Globetrotting blog: Life sometimes delivers important lessons at unexpected moments. Mine came when I nearly fainted twice from … Read More
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Meet Philip Hersh, the reporter who's covering his 18th Olympics

Philip Hersh covered mainstream sports when he went to his first Olympics in Lake Placid in 1980. He was a baseball guy, with the other big sports thrown in. Then, Hersh recalls, he became an Olympics guy. Phil Hersh. (Screenshot, globetrottingbyphiliphersh.com) “I was covering figure skating,” Hersh said. “Everyone was so welcoming. There was the classical music, which I enjoy, … Read More
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In Olympics coverage, NBC News will have to balance the good and the bad

Michele Tafoya executed what can only be termed as a pre-emptive strike. The veteran sports reporter was assigned to moderate a session with NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus Monday during the big media gathering to highlight the network’s coverage of the upcoming Olympics in Rio. All the heavy hitters were there, including Brian Roberts, the CEO and chairman of Comcast. Read More
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