Jackie MacMullan: ESPN is now an entertainment company


In August, Jackie MacMullan made the decision to retire from employment at ESPN. MacMullan was well known for her coverage of the NBA and as one of the contributors on Around the horn from when she joined ESPN in 2010 after her great writing career for The Boston Globe.

In the last episode of South beach sessions, MacMullan joined Dan Le Batard to talk about his pioneering career in sports journalism. During this episode, she explained why she decided to pull out of ESPN after signing a three-year contract the previous fall.

“I have elderly parents, that’s a big deal,” MacMullan said. “The day I retired my poor 96 year old dad fell on the day I retired, so this is my new full time job. Part of me too was that the industry has changed. At ESPN, for example, they’re an entertainment company in so many ways and they should be. This is where all their money resides. They put games on the air, it’s television.

While MacMullan had known to do a lot of television, she always considered herself a writer. She told the Batard that although she liked to be a part of Around the Horn, it took a lot of effort if you wanted to do a great job on this show.

“My new contract that I signed was heavily television. I loved Around the horn. These guys were the best. They’re going to be my friends for the rest of my life, but this show took a lot of effort if you wanted to be up to date with every sport, which I thought you had to do if you wanted to do this show right. It was a lot of time and effort. ”

Even though Jackie MacMullan is no longer with ESPN, she mentioned to The Batard that she is still going to work, her job is just going to be a little different now.

“ESPN treated me very well. There was no grudge. It was my choice. I walked away from two years of guaranteed money. I’m not sure I did the right thing. I finally got to the point in my career where I was paid well, but I haven’t looked back once and regretted it. I’m not saying I’ll never work again. I’m just telling you I’ll never work like this again. It will not be the model.


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