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  • Kiper out on ESPN

    http://www.gbnreport.com/
    October 15
    (10:00 AM): Draft world shake up: Kiper on outs at ESPN... According to sources at ESPN, the cable network will not be renewing the contract of long-time draft guru Mel Kiper after a 22-year run. According to the source, Kiper would not agree to extend certain standard non-monetary provisions of his contract. For his part, Kiper is being quoted as saying he was unaware of any final decison and that talks are on-going. Kiper, who along with the late Joel Buschbaum was the original draft guru, though, has been downplayed at ESPN since the beginning of the season. For example, his name has been replaced on the banner of featured ESPN NFL columnists by Scouts, Inc. for weeks now. While he had his detractors, no one was more instrumental than Kiper with his no-nonsense approach, 'tell me what you really think' observations, and slightly ridiculous hair, in elevating the draft from a curiosity among sports fans to perhaps the single most popular non-sporting sporting event out there today.

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    Ugh, this means more time for Berman on draft day.

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    • #3
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      Kiper is the best draft expert, bar none. Sure, he's wrong a lot, and his demeanor can be overbearing, but nobody has more information on prospects than Mel. Who are they going to use instead...? Sean Salisbury??? Please!

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      • #4
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        Surely, he will resurface somewhere.

        ("Please don't call me Shirley." Anyone remember where that came from?)

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        • #5
          Re: Kiper out on ESPN

          Airplane! (of course)

          Guess I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by AvengerRam
            Guess I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.
            LOL...probably so!

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            • #7
              Re: Kiper out on ESPN

              I'm sure Fox Sports will offer him millions of dollars and a third-world nation to come to their network for draft coverage.

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              • #8
                Re: Kiper out on ESPN

                Originally posted by AvengerRam
                Airplane! (of course)

                Guess I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.
                Hospital?!?! What is it?!

                It's a big building with sick people and doctors, but that's not important right now.
                The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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                • #9
                  Re: Kiper out on ESPN

                  Originally posted by NickSeiler
                  I'm sure Fox Sports will offer him millions of dollars and a third-world nation to come to their network for draft coverage.
                  Honestly, I hope you're right. I'd rather watch Jim Brown and Mel Kiper than Chris Berman and Mel Kiper.
                  The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Kiper out on ESPN

                    I'd rather watch Paul Reubens and Mel Kiper than Chris Berman and Mel Kiper.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Kiper out on ESPN

                      Originally posted by NickSeiler
                      I'm sure Fox Sports will offer him millions of dollars and a third-world nation to come to their network for draft coverage.
                      Good, ESPN has started to irritate me. Sure Kiper was wrong at times, but so have the 32 NFL teams - the draft is basically a crapshoot. He's the most knowledgeable out there.

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                        October 27, 2004 -- NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. is remaining with ESPN.

                        "We appreciate Mel's ability to compromise and his commitment to ESPN over the past 22 years," ESPN executive VP Mark Shapiro said in a statement. "We anticipate having a signed agreement by Friday."

                        A week-and-a-half ago, Shapiro was much less optimistic, saying in a statement to The Post that Kiper's contract would not be renewed because of "non-monetary" differences.

                        Kiper at that time agreed that money wasn't an issue, but that the language in the contract was a problem. Kiper said that neither Shapiro nor anyone else from ESPN had ever informed him of the news.

                        Shapiro and ESPN then relented, allowing Kiper a second chance. Now both sides are just waiting for Kiper to sign the new contract.

                        Kiper didn't return a call yesterday.
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