Originally posted on Awful Announcing  |  Last updated 1/4/13
Thursday, SI.com reported retiring Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was on the verge of joining ESPN to begin his television career.  Lewis has always been highly thought of as a potential television star given his intensity, thoughtfulness, and vibrant personality.  In fact, Lewis is such a wanted asset for the networks that he's found a television home even before his playing days have officially ended. There are few athletes whose future media careers would warrant mainstream recognition and coverage within the sport - Ray Lewis is one of them.  With Richard Deitsch of SI breaking the news, it put ESPN in the amusing situation of covering news about themselves. ESPN.com published an article referencing the SI.com report and relaying the news of Ray Lewis signing with ESPN.  An ESPN spokesman also declined comment when contacted by the ESPN.com news service.   So we have ESPN denying comment to ESPN about ESPN's hiring of Ray Lewis. Makes sense, right?? "Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who will retire at the end of this season, is close to signing a multiyear contract with ESPN, according to a published report. Lewis is expected to have a significant role on "Monday Night Countdown" while being featured on numerous platforms, multiple sources told SI.com. An ESPN spokesperson declined comment when contacted Thursday morning. According to the report, Lewis and his representatives met during the season with several NFL broadcast networks." This dizzying sequence is easy to poke fun at, but it's actually a very good thing.   Critics of ESPN point to the network's business interests as controlling everything the network does from pulling the strings of realignment, to the Longhorn Network, to which players and teams are hyped, and everything in between.  With a company as large, powerful, and valuable as ESPN, it's natural for these concerns to exist.   But this article, as ridiculous as it may seem, shows the separation of church and state between the business and reporting arms of ESPN.  Brett McMurphy talked about this phenomenon on his visit to the AA Podcast and it's happened to him before.  Of course someone at the news desk could walk upstairs and get this question answered about Ray Lewis.  As important as Ray Lewis' TV career may or may not be, it should give you at least a small token of reassurance that ESPN didn't feed their news department this story on a silver platter.  
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Junior Galette out for season with torn Achilles

Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin in war of words over 'disrespect'

Report: CJ McCollum agrees to max contract with Blazers

McCarthy not worried about Matthews, Peppers PED claims

Josh Gordon reinstated by NFL, suspended four games

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Florida QB Treon Harris to transfer

Jiu-jitsu athlete says he was kidnapped in Rio by men dressed as police

49ers’ Anthony Davis officially applies for reinstatement

Jordan speaks out against shootings, donates $2 million

Report: Cromartie may be forced to retire due to hip issue

Greg Jennings announces retirement from NFL

Cubs to acquire Aroldis Chapman from Yankees

WATCH: Astros, Rangers minor leaguers get into brawl

A too early preview of UEFA World Cup 2018 qualifying

Blues GM: Team may take step back before moving forward

Jason Williams calls Barkley a 'loser' for Durant criticism

Four potential challengers for Amanda Nunes' belt

Kevin Owes vs. Sami Zayn: An instance classic

Jags GM: Greg Hardy workout was to 'do our homework'

White Sox refused to tip Mariners’ clubhouse attendants in protest of new policy

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

Aldon Smith denies appearing in video with marijuana blunt

Twitter signs deal with to stream live MLB and NHL games

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker