Torn about Feldman

Posted: July 15, 2011 by terryvandrovec in Uncategorized
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The Interwebs is in a bit of an uproar over ESPN handing out an indefinite suspension to noted and respected college writer Bruce Feldman.
According to Sports by Brooks, the Worldwide Leader gave Feldman permission to write the biography of fired Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach only to do an about face when the book came out, probably because some material in the book reflects negatively on another (apparently more valued) ESPN employee.
ESPN has yet to comment on the matter.
Is Feldman getting the shaft? Sure looks like it. By many accounts, he’s good at his job and acts like a professional.
Twitter is abuzz over this. Feldman is trending. (Of course, there is a slight chance that’s in reference to Kramer’s double in the bizarro episode of Seinfeld.) There’s a Free Bruce hashtag. Some writers are changing their profile pics in support of Feldman. Facebook has a Free Bruce Feldman page.
I’ve never met the man, but good for us – the sports journalism community – for taking a stand.
On the other hand …
What about all the other sports writers who have been wronged by the industry of late? Those folks who have been fired or bought out through no fault of their own, those victims of the moment? Shouldn’t we be making points on their behalf, too?
After all, odds are they make far less money than, say, Feldman and have far fewer job prospects going forward.
Moving forward, let’s try to help the little guys, too.
Good talk, Russ.

  1. Update: ESPN says that Feldman has resumed his duties. In other news, unemployed folks are still unemployed.

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