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September 07, 2005

ESPN fires Trev Alberts: And I thought ESPN was one big happy family!

posted by daddisamm to football at 12:33 AM - 28 comments

Dang!! There goes the best ( and best looking ) analyst on t.v. Of course I may be a little prejudiced. Trev is still remembered with a lot of luv at N.U.

posted by gac at 07:33 AM on September 07

At least his gig at ESPN lasted longer than his NFL career. Didn't the Colts waste a top 10 pick on him?

posted by ArtVandalay420 at 08:14 AM on September 07

Alberts WAS a great college player, and I wish he wouldn't have gotten hurt and had a chance at a pro career. As for his firing, I'm sure he'll land somewhere very quickly. He probably already has. ESPN has become a proving ground/stepping stone for announcers/analysts all over the airwaves.

posted by dyams at 08:18 AM on September 07

How can ESPN be a stepping stone, when most other broadcasting jobs in sports would be a step down?

posted by rcade at 08:36 AM on September 07

They don't necesarily stay in sports. There ARE other areas of jounalism than sports.

posted by scottypup at 08:44 AM on September 07

Craig Kilbourn and Keith Olbermann are the only two I can think of - and I wouldn't say Keith made an upward move. Where is he? MSNBC? CNBC? Some other channel no one watches?

posted by brewdudepa at 08:52 AM on September 07

...and yet Stephen A. Smith still has a job...

posted by MeatSaber at 09:41 AM on September 07

Why should I care (or even be interested) about some studio analyst guy getting fired for not showing up to work?

posted by dusted at 09:44 AM on September 07

you shouldn't

posted by garfield at 09:46 AM on September 07

Just checking.

posted by dusted at 10:22 AM on September 07

So why did Stephen's name get brought up?

posted by Drallig9399 at 10:28 AM on September 07

If Kieth Olbermann moved "up, How come his is appearing weekly on his old buddy DP's radio Show??? I think Mr. Kieth is looking to come back to ESPN--He is lousy doing "real" news.

posted by daddisamm at 10:48 AM on September 07

Olbermann's great on MNSBC; he's their highest rated show. He wrote at the time he began guesting with Dan Patrick that he was doing it for fun. I don't think he's angling for a sports gig again.

posted by rcade at 11:05 AM on September 07

How can ESPN be a stepping stone, when most other broadcasting jobs in sports would be a step down? Just because some people think broadcast journalism begins and ends with Sportscenter, you need to understand that Kilbourn, Olberman, Charley Steiner, Robin Roberts, etc. often have their sites set on other gigs, and that's not to say their moves are always going to work out. But faces do come and go on ESPN, and they take their experience in other directions. Not all of them are just burning for a life-long career as a sports show anchor (and there are still a large number of TVs, especially in the bigger cities, that don't receive ESPN).

posted by dyams at 11:23 AM on September 07

Stephen A. Smith was cool untill he told his studio audience "don't clap" real sarcstically after they began to applaud his mentioning of Bill Parcels It obviously pissed off some people in his studio, you could tell by a few of their reactions..... anyone else catch that?

posted by playball9 at 11:56 AM on September 07

I have tried to watch K O's show on MSnbc and I cant really get into it. I cant seem to take him seriously for some reason..

posted by daddisamm at 12:17 PM on September 07

Who is Trev Alberts?

posted by pasdpildoc at 12:24 PM on September 07

In other ESPN news, former sideline reporter Adrian Karsten was found dead at home, shortly before he was to serve a prison sentence for tax evasion.

posted by rcade at 01:35 PM on September 07

daddisamm, KO is easy to take seriously in this piece.

posted by cl at 02:27 PM on September 07

I hope he didn't get fired for the same thing MARV ALBERTS got fired for.

posted by ELWAY_FAN at 02:48 PM on September 07

daddisamm, KO is easy to take seriously in this piece. posted by cl at 2:27 PM CST on September 7 That must the same show he and Al Sharpton were blaming looting on the federal goverment. Both men made the statement that "living paycheck to paycheck is something that white America knows nothing about" real good stuff---

posted by daddisamm at 05:13 PM on September 07

No, actually, not the same show. And neither Olbermann nor Sharpton said white America "knows nothing about" living paycheck to paycheck. Here is what they actually said:

OLBERMANN: Our reporter in Biloxi, David Shuster, made an important point last night about the people who didn‘t evacuate, that a lot of people wanted to evacuate, but payday was today. They couldn‘t borrow the money. They don‘t have credit. They live paycheck to paycheck. This is not a common thing in white America anymore, but it is a common thing in black America, isn‘t it? SHARPTON: Very common to live paycheck to paycheck, to hold on as long as you can because that‘s all you have to live for, is that next payday.
But don't let facts get in your way...

posted by cl at 05:27 PM on September 07

Good Riddance Trev, you ass!!!!!!!!!!!

posted by jojomfd1 at 10:30 PM on September 07

They don‘t have credit. They live paycheck to paycheck. This is not a common thing in white America anymore, but it is a common thing in black America, isn‘t it? SHARPTON: Very common to live paycheck to paycheck, to hold on as long as you can because that‘s all you have to live for, is that next payday. I had my facts staright I just paraphrased bit. What upset me was when they said that living paycheck to paycheck isnt common in white America. Thats not really a True statement.. I Dont Like K.O in this format as he is putting his own spin to the news. When people are suffering we dont need to be pointing fingers and calling names....There was plenty of that in that program I watched..... Thanks for posting the transcrpts that was nice of you. We obvioulsy dont see eye to eye on this topic. Sp you dont have to justify your point any further... ,

posted by daddisamm at 11:23 PM on September 07

I aoplogize for this thread taking the politcial turn. It wasnt my intention. I found it kind of interesting that Alberts was fired. He was never one of my favs.

posted by daddisamm at 11:26 PM on September 07

Fair enough, daddisamm.

posted by cl at 10:27 AM on September 08

Maybe Trev can arrive at the Bristol studio on Saturday and tell the producers (not to mention the network VP) not to play the blame game while viewers are suffering with his alternate replacements, Desmond Howard and Lou Holtz. Mild (or mindless) needling aside, what's puzzling in this particular situation is that Alberts thought that he was being marginalized because the network was featuring other talent more. How so? Other than Corso and Herbstreit -- who had a higher profile before Trev showed up -- am I missing any other CF analyst at ESPN who's getting more air-time than Alberts and May? Silly me. Kinda. As it turns out, according to SI.com, he felt that the Game Day Final and Scoreboard shows were becoming more of a support arm of the on-location crew (Fowler, etc.) than separate or equal entities. As anyone who's worked in media knows, territorial battles of this type are pretty common and while Alberts' stunt was of the "don't try this at home" variety, I can understand his beef. Sorta. "Quite frankly," it sounds like a rich person's problem. As for the issues that Alberts' spoke of, it sounds like ESPN being a little tone-deaf once again. This depends on how much Lee Corso you can take during a given Saturday, which I would compare to asking how you like to take your coffee. I like just enough cream and sugar to know it's there, but not a gram beyond. It's the same thing with Corso. Five to seven minutes a week with him isn't so bad on the Scoreboard shows (I skip the morning show). I don't know why they would give us any more than that, unless they feel that they need to maximize every penny it takes to send Corso, Fowler and Herbstreit across the country to hang around a campus for two or three days each week.

posted by jackhererra at 02:22 PM on September 08

I've seen Lee Corso for about two minutes years ago, and that's all I can ever imagine anybody wanting to watch him. To call him a caricature of a monkey would be giving him too much credit.

posted by rocketman at 09:17 PM on September 08

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