Here's the lead of ESPN's press release announcing Football Blog Network, which started July 23: "ESPN.com has launched the ESPN Football Blog Network, a new content initiative consisting of 15 blogs that offer more in-depth daily coverage of pro and college football. The network includes individual blogs dedicated to all eight National Football League divisions and all six BCS Conferences, as well as a blog focused on independent and non-BCS college programs. Collectively, the best content from each divisional and conference blog will be aggregated daily into national blogs for both pro and college football." ESPN hired people who know what they are doing -- newspaper reporters. Gott a love how newspapers are dying and TV and the Internet are stealing its reporters because they are the real sports reporters. No offense to any TV folks reading this. Ha.
For the NFL coverage, they hired:
NFC East – Matt Mosley – formerly of Dallas Morning News (previously authored Hashmarks blog on ESPN.com);
NFC West – Mike Sando – formerly of Tacoma News Tribune;
NFC North – Kevin Seifert – formerly of Minneapolis Star-Tribune;
NFC South – Pat Yasinkas – formerly of Charlotte Observer;
AFC West – Bill Williamson – formerly of Denver Post;
AFC North – James Walker – formerly of Columbus Dispatch;
AFC South – Paul Kuharsky – formerly of The Tennessean;
AFC East – Tim Graham – formerly of Palm Beach Post.
Here's the link for the NFL coverage.
For BCS coverage, they hired:
ACC – Heather Dinich – formerly of Baltimore Sun;
PAC 10 – Ted Miller – formerly of Seattle Post-Intelligencer;
Big 12 – Tim Griffin – formerly of San Antonio Express-News;
Big Ten – Adam Rittenberg – formerly of Chicago Daily Herald;
SEC – Chris Low – formerly of The Tennessean and Rivals.com;
Big East – TBD;
Independents/additional conferences - Graham Watson – formerly of St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
And here's the link for the college coverage.
If anyone out there has knowledge of the Big East, maybe you can still apply. Only criticism, so far, is that it lacks personality. Liked it better when Matt Mosley was the lone one doing the NFL, because I sort of thought he was just talking to me. By the way, ESPN did not pay for this ad.