Jay Mariotti is back with ESPN. Yes, the same network that fired him. The former "Around the Horn" panelist is back with the WWL, but in a different context.
Ed Sherman of The Sherman Report received this description of the new gig in an email from Mariotti himself:
ESPN has graciously given me a chance to try freelance storytelling, potentially a longer-form piece the network does so well. I’ve started working on a particular project.
I’ve been fortunate to write the columns, do the TV shows, host the radio shows, cover the major events and see the world. I think strong narratives always will stand out in a sports media business swirling in change (not all good). You’re seeing a boom in definitive, longer-form stories for TV and digital. Getting to explore this creative avenue with ESPN, the industry leader, is exactly what interests me right now. I appreciate the opportunity, and we’ll see where it goes from here.
Jay Mariotti is probably the most polarizing man in the history of Chicago sports media and quite possibly the most hated in all of the national sports media. Jay Mariotti comes off especially pompous on his Twitter account, where he follows nobody. He’s like the Eminem of sports media- he’s had a feud with everyone. Mariotti has had a tiff with former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, his former employer the Chicago Sun-Times, King of all sports blogs Deadspin, and many others. No doubt he'll make some new enemies here while performing his new job at the four letter network.
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