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SBD/Issue 111/Sports Media
Blog Hound: Sean Salisbury Parts Ways With ESPN
Published February 28, 2008
ESPN NFL analyst Sean Salisbury announced he is leaving ESPN after 12 years at the network to "expand into other opportunities" shortly after the net hired former NFLer Cris Carter. Bloggers discuss Salisbury's sudden exit from the net.
Posted by: Hollywood Wags
|“At least this is a first step in having "analysts" that actually stepped onto the field and did something relevant.”|
Posted by: DanZinski
|“John Clayton will have to find someone new to call him The Cryptkeeper, now that sparring partner Sean Salisbury has decided to depart ESPN.”|
|The Foul Pole
|“Hmmm…probably no wrongful termination suit here. I think that Salisbury just wants to spend some more time with the ladies. Or he got completely sick of Trey Wingo.”|
Posted by: Saint77
|“I thought his talents were wasted at ESPN. I think it would be a huge plus if NFL network picked him up.”|
|Brad’s Sport Fix
Posted by: Brad
|“I am obviously a supporter of the Worldwide Leader (out of necessity really) and always found Salisbury pretty refreshing b/c he'd just say whatever he wanted to say, period.”|
BUILDING THE BUZZ: Sports Media Challenge's Buzz Manager analyzed the online buzz about Salisbury's decision. Bloggers who felt Salisbury’s dismissal was a good move for both him and ESPN were counted as positive, representing 59.09% of the buzz. Bloggers who felt the move was bad for both parties were tallied as negative, making up 13.64% of posts. 27.27% of posts were neutral. Click here for more information.See www.sportsbusinessdaily.com for more info.
- The topic ranked 8 out of 10 on the buzz, indicating a high level of interest.
- Positive sentiment stemmed from bloggers who are relieved to be rid of Salisbury’s brash on-air personality. These fans think ESPN made a very wise choice to replace him with Carter.
- Negative sentiment came from bloggers who will miss the on-air battles between Salisbury and John Clayton. These fans aren’t certain that replacing Salisbury with Carter will necessarily be an upgrade.