Boston Globe columnist and ESPN contributor Bob Ryan announced this week on the BS Report with Bill Simmons that he will be retiring from full-time work after the Olympics this year. Ryan's career has spanned six decades as he began with the Globe as a beat writer for the Boston Celtics in 1969. Ryan made his name writing about basketball and the Celtics, but has also become a notable writer nationally with his appearances on several ESPN platforms including the Sports Reporters, Around the Horn, and PTI. As Ryan says though, he realizes his time is passing by (via Jim Romenesko)...
I really and truly believe that my time has come and gone, that the dynamics of the business, of what it takes to be involved in the business with all the tweeting and the blogging and that stuff, with an audience with a different taste … I’m not comfortable — it’s not me any more
According to the Globe, Ryan plans on writing part-time after the Olympics even though he is stepping aside. It's interesting (and ironic) Ryan would talk about the dynamics of the business changing and announce his retirement on a podcast with the king of the mountain of that changing landscape, Bill Simmons. Ryan's sentiment is also somewhat surprising given that he has been one of the sportswriters that seemed to be able to adapt to being a multiplatformed journalist. (You can have your own opinion as to how much the Around-The-Hornization of sportswriters has corrupted the profession.) In fact, if anything, his profile has been enhanced nationwide because of those shifting dynamics of the past 10-20 years.
I always respected Ryan's work and there is a part of me that sees Ryan, Peter Gammons, and others as hanging on to some sort of mythical Golden Era of Sportswriting... ya know, before us bloggers ruined everything. Writing about sports sure looks a lot different than it used to be in Ryan's heyday, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Sure, there won't likely be another Bob Ryan, but hopefully the next generations of sportswriters and fans will be better served by that changing landscape that is always evolving.
We now know that ESPN will have a 7th and deciding game in this year's Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and Heat in MIami tomorrow night!
The Thunder played the Spurs in a game 5 of the Western Conference Finals from San Antonio on Monday and a game 6 from Oklahoma City tonight and the Celtics played the Heat in a game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals from Miami on Tuesday and a game 6 from Boston tomorrow night!
Kevin Winters and Marc Kestecher shared Hosting duties during the Eastern and Western Conference Finals on ESPN Radio this year!
Cheryl Miller is the reporter from the Eastern Conference Finals for TNT this year, which means that TNT's NBA Insider David Aldridge and Marty Snider were sideline reporter's for the 1st 2 rounds of the NBA Playoffs on TNT this year!
Like i just daid, ESPN isn't adding Hubie Brown as a 2nd analyst because he is the analyst for ESPN Radio's coverage of the Western Conference Finals this year!
This also means that Hubie Brown flew from Philadelphia on Wednesday to San Antonio on Sunday and that Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and sideline reporter Doris Burke for ESPN and ABC and JIm Durham and DR. Jack Ramsay flew from Boston on Saturday to Miami on Monday for ESPN Radio
Kevin Calabro and Hubie Brown will be working the Western Conference Finals and Jim Durham and Dr. Jack Ramsay will be working the Eastern Conference Finals for ESPN Radio this year, which means that Kevin Calabro will be working between 12 to 18 games in the NBA Playoffs for ESPN radio this year and Hubie Brown will be working between 15 to 21 NBA Playoff games for ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio this year too!