Whether you are a fan of Jim Rome or not, his influence on the American sports world is undeniable. He has a daily 3-hour national sports talk radio show and had a half-hour TV show on ESPN, Rome is Burning (He is leaving ESPN and taking his show with him to CBS).
His style is different than other personalities in that he references his followers as ‘clones’ and what they have to say as ‘takes.’ He antagonizes his listeners and encourages them to compete against each other, personality vs. personality or fan vs. fan.
His radio show is heard on more than 200 stations, including Armed Forces Radio. He dominates the airwaves of the U.S. and Canada and is streamed to all corners of the world via the internet.
Oh, by the way, Jim Rome hates Soccer. And he is not bashful about giving his opinions on the matter.
He often expounds on the over-dramatic players who feign injury and he says nothing ever happens in the sport, with obvious insinuations to the low scoring so many...