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Finebaum Talks About Decision To Sign With ESPN, Hopes Show Doesn't Change Much
Published May 30, 2013
WANTING FINEBAUM TO BE HIMSELF: In Birmingham, Jon Solomon wonders what will happen if Finebaum "calls for an SEC coach to be canned on an SEC-branded network." Finebaum said, "It's a good question. I would love to tell you that day will never happen, but it will probably happen the first day and I think we'll all find out. That's what I find so interesting about this. We are swimming in unchartered waters." ESPN Senior VP/Programming Justin Connolly said, "We're going to have a dialogue with Paul about content. I think the idea is we're going to have to feel our way through in terms of the editorial voice of the show and the network, and at the same time we have to balance it with Paul being Paul. We're not looking to water down or change Paul. We want Paul to be Paul. We want to be different." Finebaum added that he "thinks he will be walking down 'a little narrower path' with his content and that he embraces that change." Meanwhile, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive yesterday said of Finebaum, "He will provide the network the kind of programming when we don't have games that will attract people to the network" (BIRMINGHAM NEWS, 5/30).