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Volume 21 No. 34
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Durso delays ESPN retirement

Longtime ESPN executive Ed Durso delayed his retirement from ESPN to work with George Bodenheimer, who agreed to serve as interim president for 90 days.

Durso, who planned to retire in December after a 28-year run, was in Atlanta before the College Football Playoff with ESPN executives and escorted Bodenheimer on a walk around the field in the hours before the game.

“You will rarely find a person who is so involved in every single thing a company does,” Bodenheimer said of Durso during an interview in December.

It was never going to be easy for Durso to leave ESPN cold turkey, as he has been an important behind-the-scenes player for nearly three decades. In fact, Durso nearly missed a small going-away party at a Bristol restaurant last month because it coincided with the publishing of a Boston Globe story detailing sexual harassment allegations against ESPNers.

In an interview last month, Durso reflected on his career and said that he would miss the people and energy of ESPN.

“I’ll miss the challenge of it,” he said.

— John Ourand