UPDATE 8/19: ESPN announced several hires ahead of Week 3 of the NFL preseason including the assignments of their current divisional bloggers. As of this moment 24 of the 32 teams have their position filled. Since they don't have a representative yet, I'm throwing my hat into the ring to be ESPN's New Orleans Saints beat writer. Hey, someone's got to do it, right? Full updated list below.
ESPN.com editor Rob King confirmed to the Poynter Institute that the online conglomo was hiring a dedicated beat writer to cover all 32 NFL teams. ESPN launched its NFL blog network a year ago, bringing 8 writers on board as bloggers to cover each respective NFL division. Now that project is expanding even further, showing the insane desire for NFL related content. Poynter includes a note that 31 of the 32 NFL teams are in ESPN's Top 100 most searched for teams. Apparently Jaguars fans must go to Pro Football Talk for their news. (That's a joke by the way.)
King told Poynter ESPN planned 19 hires to complete the project. Keep in mind that ESPN already has quite the foundation for this project with their 8 divisional bloggers already board and staffs from regional sites like ESPNNewYork.com and ESPNChicago.com. One imagines those writers would be reassigned to the NFL beats, which would be steps in line with the possible larger changes in store for ESPN.com we touched on earlier this summer.
Several of the new hires have already been reported or announced already by the writers themselves. We'll do our best to keep an updated list of all the hires so you know who's going to be covering your NFL team at ESPN this fall. If you hear of any other hires, please drop us a note at our tips email or on Twitter.
New England Patriots - currently Mike Reiss & Field Yates at ESPNBoston.com
New York Jets - currently Rich Cimini & Jane McManus at ESPNNewYork.com
Miami Dolphins - James Walker (ESPN AFC East blogger)
Baltimore Ravens - Jamison Hensley (ESPN AFC North blogger)
Cincinnati Bengals - Coley Harvey (Orlando Sentinel)
Cleveland Browns - none
Pittsburgh Steelers - Scott Brown (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Houston Texans - Tania Ganguli, Houston Chronicle
Jacksonville Jaguars - none
Indianapolis Colts - Mike Wells, Indianapolis Star
Tennessee Titans - Paul Kuharsky (ESPN AFC South blogger)
Denver Broncos - Jeff Legwold, Denver Post
Kansas City Chiefs - Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star (8/23)
Oakland Raiders - Paul Gutierrez (CSNBayArea.com)
San Diego Chargers - none
Dallas Cowboys - Todd Archer (ESPNDallas.com)
New York Giants - Dan Graziano (ESPN NFC East blogger)
Philadelphia Eagles - Phil Sheridan (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Chicago Bears - Michael C. Wright (ESPNChicago.com)
Detroit Lions - none
Green Bay Packers - Rob Demovsky, Green Bay Press-Gazette
Minnesota Vikings - Ben Goessling (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
Atlanta Falcons - none
Carolina Panthers - David Newton (ESPN NASCAR writer)
New Orleans Saints - none
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Pat Yasinskas (ESPN NFC South blogger)
Arizona Cardinals - none
San Francisco 49ers - Bill Williamson (ESPN AFC West blogger)
Seattle Seahawks - Terry Blount (ESPN NASCAR writer)
St. Louis Rams - Nick Wagoner, Rams official website
ESPN Insider National Columnist - Mike Sando (ESPN NFC West blogger)
NFL Nation national writer - Kevin Seifert (ESPN NFC North blogger)
Two NASCAR writers (so far) leaving to cover the NFL. I see that the Worldwide Leader is already NHLizing its NASCAR coverage after losing the broadcast rights.
Fantasy football is ruining the way the sports SHOULD be covered. Now we get inane information about the individual players, when the focus should be on the team and how well they play together. Most of these writers are concerned about injures and who will play or who will start.
You ask any coach or GM, and they will tell you that the play on the line of scrimmage is what determines outcomes of games. Yet, you never hear about that or those players because they have no fantasy stats. Unless you want to hear about how 3 holding penalties cost some player 60 yards of rushing or receiving without any analysis of how those penalties affected the play.
@WildFan48 Wildfan48 the 2 Nascar writer that are working the NFL now, will still work NASCAR ocasionally too!!!
@sir boxington I think you're on the wrong site. You're looking for OldCrotchetySprotswriterCliches.com, I think.