NBA Playoff Overnights Have Sluggish Start NBC Ratings For NHL Playoff Openers Fox Hires Pete Rose As Guest Analyst ESPN Says Verizon Plan Violates Pact NFL Takes Stake In Europe-Based Sportradar ESPN Policy Scrutinized After McHenry Case MASN Works To Balance Orioles, Nationals Tebow's Return Garners Significant Media Coverage Media Notes Former Packers PR Dir Passes Away
Upcoming Conferences and Events
SBD/August 13, 2013/Media
Pundits Opine On Whether Kosar Should Return To Browns Booth After Recent Comments
Published August 13, 2013
SHOULD HE BE ON AIR? Kosar's comments were a hot topic of discussion on sports talk radio shows and ESPN's afternoon programming yesterday. Denver Post columnist Woody Paige noted Kosar has acknowledged he suffers from Post-Concussion Syndrome and said, "I don't know that he should go on-air and be an analyst and not be any more prepared than he was. If he's going to say those things, he's doing it in the wrong location." ESPN's Jackie MacMullan said, "You don’t have to make it so cruel and so personal and so biting. It was all unnecessary, the language he used. ... I'm not really sure why he would be on the air again." Columnist Kevin Blackistone said, "If he's bringing you this as an analyst, he's really not doing anything more than anybody would do at a sports bar." Blackistone: "If you're going to be analyst, don’t just tell me somebody's horrible. Point out to me as an expert how it is they're horrible." ESPN's Israel Gutierrez: "You can be entertaining and you can be critical without being a jerk" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 8/12). ESPN's Antonio Pierce said, "When you talk about somebody's family, that's a little personal. I have a problem with that." ESPN's Herm Edwards: "Words are powerful and I think you have to be careful. ... It was a little bit surprising coming out of Bernie's mouth to hear what he was saying" ("NFL Live," ESPN, 8/12).