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Steve Czaban is a 25 year sports radio veteran, who hosts an afternoon drive show in Washington D.C. "Czabe" also writes and edits his own commentaries for www.czabe.com and other on-line and print publications. He can be reached at czabe@yahoo.com.

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    Dave

    When she graduated from Michigan State, Jemele Hill got a job at the Detroit Free Press, writing MSU sports. At the time I was struck by how awkward her writing was. Later it smoothed out a bit, as if they assigned an editor to watchdog her articles. But if you were to ask me then which Freep writer not named Mitch Albom would become a national figure, I wouldn’t have guessed Jemele Hill in a million years. She has no appreciable talent for writing and only an armchair knowledge of sports … which, as it turned out, was the ideal skillset for where ESPN wanted to go.

    My highly fallible crystal ball says it won’t take. It didn’t work for Keith Olbermann, who has a great deal of talent. Skin color won’t be enough to make the difference for Ms. Hill, who will be podcasting to thousands within a couple of years.

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    Doug

    Worked at place once where company was afraid of discrimination law suits some times different rules for different people could be what is going on here

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    Tad Lumbering

    Thus why I have given up on the 4 Letter network. If I want political commentary [left or right] I’ll watch that type of show. I want sports, sports , sports.
    Miss ya Czabe, as our local morning sports talk is Mike and Mike, or what ever they are calling themselves. It is horrible.

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    Chris

    Well said Mr. Czabe.

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    Rob

    I watch sports to get away from political crap. I, for one, won’t watch Sports Center again until it sticks to sports.

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    Scott

    I wish someone would finally call BS on this Trump supporter white supremacy crap. If she really believes what she says then call Tom Brady and Robert Kraft white supremacists. She has the platform to do it. The Patriots gave Trump a ring. Are they all white supremacists. No, they are not. Is Tom Brady one, No. Is Robert Kraft, No. ESPN and their stupid hosts know this too. This has gotten so out of hand.

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      Chris

      “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_lie

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    Kent

    One of your best thought pieces Czabe….

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    cary clayborn

    I love being reminded of why I check this website every morning in hopes of a new article.
    Well said, Czabe!

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  9. 9

    Scott C Shirey

    A measured, well thought out response. Let the issue breath a few days, then post a well reasoned response. Nicely done.

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  10. 10

    Billy Grogan

    Make SportsCenter Great Again! What a perfect line. Excellent article

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      Scott

      I have an idea for ESPN. Put together a show where Jemele Hill, Steve Kerr and Kevin Durant can give their “facts” on why Trump is a White Supremacist. Then let Ben Carson, Robert Kraft, and Sheriff Clark respond. I’d pay good money to see that! Please Lord let that happen.

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        John

        I wouldn’t say he is a white supremacist, but he has clearly shown over the years that he is a racist human being. Based on the things he has said, and done it is hard to argue that

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    John in Indy

    My impression of the show was that they showed intro credits/ Jemele & Michael ditties for what seemed like 20% of their broadcasts. A 3 minute intro to the show? Returning from every break with a Jem & Mike skit, like they were trying to fill time. That’s when I stopped watching.

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    Joe

    Wow… every single response here looks like it came directly from Steve Solomon’s book of sycophantic replies

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    Srini

    You are quick to comment, when the players take a political position. Apparently they are to just stick to sports and shut up. But all is fair for Trump to attack the players with derogatory language right? Will you provide your opinion piece on that too?? You are quick to point out that ESPN is out there to improve its ratings, but i didn’t see any single article from you when Curt Schilling said what he had to say on ESPN too. Different rules for different people, based on color is it not? Can’t wait to hear what you have to say

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    Mike Cicero

    Mike & Mike have led the AM sports broadcasting telecasts because of their deal to stick to sports. They have been around for almost 20 years and have not diverged from this concept. If and when they do touch on politics in sports, it is brief and well said…then back to sports. They understand their audience is vast, diverse, and have many points of view. SC6 and ESPN in general could take many lessons from them. Is it a coincidence that during this time of left shift associated with the 4-letter that they are also ending the aforementioned long running show?

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    Bert

    This isn’t new – ESPN hasn’t stuck to sports in over two decades. I stopped watching Sportscenter long long ago and only tune in when it comes on after the game I was watching and only when I can pause it, come back then skip through the stories I don’t want to hear. I miss when sports channels and sports broadcasts discussed sports from an x’s and o’s standpoint instead of obsessing about who is in the stands, what a panel of 50 ex-athletes thinks about something insanely minute, crappy sponsored segments and pre-recorded clips, and useless closeups on the players and coaches sometimes at the expense of the actual game. Do we really need animated starting lineups or special graphics for Phil Simms’ keys to the game? Just show the damn game. That includes the anthems, the breast cancer pink flags and all the other crap larding up a broadcast. I want Tirico in a booth with Mike Mayock or Hubie Brown and the old wildcat satellite feed. I’m so done with the lard.

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