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Old 10-18-2004, 09:43 PM   #1
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USA Today is reporting that after 22 years ESPN intends not to renew Mel Kiper's contract. I have to kind of wonder what is bringing this about. I always thought he did a pretty decent job with ESPN's draft coverage. I really don't get what they are doing at ESPN these days.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...draftgurukiper
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Old 10-18-2004, 09:52 PM   #2
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Could be that Kiper wants more money...

Or they got sick of his hair?

Or, maybe, just maybe, they realized that there are other drafniks with at least as good a record who don't cost as much?

That's the likely reason, seems to me.

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Old 10-18-2004, 10:30 PM   #3
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Or, maybe, just maybe, they realized that there are other drafniks with at least as good a record who don't cost as much?

Why will it not surprise me if we get some Stuart Scott wannabe moron to take his place? I realize that draftniks are a dime a dozen and one is not necessarily more accurate than the other. But, knowing ESPN's recent track record they will find some 20-something putz to pander to the younger crowd, Booo-yaaa!!!

It doesn't sound like it is Kiper wanting more money it just sounds like ESPN wants to go in a different direction.
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Old 10-19-2004, 01:39 AM   #4
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Fear not, true believers. The latest is that they're still negotiating. As Kiper doesn't have much of anything to do until April, there's no real rush here. I just can't see Kiper and ESPN not working this out. What's the NFL Draft without MKJr? What's MKJr without the NFL Draft?
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Well I'm sure the NFL Network would jump on Kiper. The NFL Network should just hire Peter Gammons, Bob Ley and David Aldridge and rename itself "Better alternate to that other sports channel."
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Old 10-19-2004, 03:43 AM   #6
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Ah... da12ken hits the nail on the head, methinks.

Mark Mayock is fine doing the NFL Network's college rundown show, but Kiper would lend some real legitimacy that Mayock doesn't have.

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Well I'm sure the NFL Network would jump on Kiper. The NFL Network should just hire Peter Gammons, Bob Ley and David Aldridge and rename itself "Better alternate to that other sports channel."
You'd put Gammons on that list? Yeah, I just can't wait to read his article about how Boston are better than the Yankees even though NY is (will be) playing in the World Series.
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Yeah, I'm a fan of the "non-Boston-related-stuff" Gammons. When he's talking about other teams and providing those little nuggets of info you can't get anywhere, else, he's really good.

But he can't write an article or be on tv without mentioning the Red Sox in some form and it drives me nuts.
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I've always enjoyed Mel Kiper leading up to and on draft day. He is one of the few personalities left at ESPN that care more about reporting sports than their own image and appealing to the younger crowd. Funny how I fall into the "younger crowd" and don't appreciate the antics of most of the people ESPN puts on TV.
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Old 10-19-2004, 07:14 PM   #10
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Fear not, true believers. The latest is that they're still negotiating. As Kiper doesn't have much of anything to do until April, there's no real rush here. I just can't see Kiper and ESPN not working this out. What's the NFL Draft without MKJr? What's MKJr without the NFL Draft?
No, I think ESPN is pretty set on cutting him loose. They have removed most of his content from their website and he updates his content regularly during the college season with his updated player rankings and such.

Alex, I seriously doubt anyone really cares that much for a lot of the crap ESPN runs out there to pander to younger viewers. ESPN just needs to realize that its core audience is tuning in to either watch sports or be informed on the world of sports and not be entertained by some circus freak who does not become hypnotized by the red light on the camera.
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They better not replace him with someone as annoying as Stephen A. Smith. They already foolishly replaced David Aldridge with Stephen "Damn, God Made Me Perfect" A. Smith. It wouldn't surprise me.
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Where's Charley Steiner when you need him?
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Where's Charley Steiner when you need him?
Charley is busy living under King George's thumb in the Bronx. Funny, he's the only employee of the Yankees allowed to wear a beard during the season.
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