The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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June 27, 2014

At The Buzzer: NBA Draft and NHL Draft and how they're covered

PALESTINE —

If you don’t know already, I’m not a fan of ESPN.

 

I don’t like most of their broadcasters or their commentators.

 

On Thursday night, ESPN hosted the NBA draft, and I watched every minute of it. One of my least favorite things, and one of the reasons I don’t like their reporters is beside the terrible analysis at the desk, when an athlete was drafted, the questions asked were absolutely ridiculous.

 

For instance, when Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the sixth overall pick, the ESPN reporter brought up the fact that his brother had died in a horrible tragedy and that his mother was suffering from an illness before asking Smart his thoughts on being drafted.

 

This is complete crap. ESPN shouldn’t be leading with those things on one of the happiest days of that player’s life. If Smart had brought it up on his own in an answer, then that would make sense, but to blatantly bring it up unnecessarily was just poor, poor journalism.

 

It just makes me upset when I went to school specifically to learn how to be a journalist and yet people like that can just say whatever they want and completely disrespect a person.

 

And speaking of disrespecting things, ESPN — who prides itself on having all of the sports all of the time — hasn’t had nearly any hockey coverage at all for years.

 

The four major sports are MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL. It wasn’t until the growing popularity of Fox Sports 1 that ESPN decided to start showing more hockey coverage.

 

The fact that ESPN can dedicate an entire night to the NBA draft, an entire weekend to the NFL draft, but not two days, heck, even one day of NHL draft coverage is sickening.

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