Outrage toward ESPN was widespread over the Feldman developments, and though we'd seen Feldman's work appear on ESPN after the dust settled, one could have been forgiven for thinking too much had happened between the two parties for them to reasonably continue. And those who thought that were right. Dan Patrick mentioned his show would have a "surprise guest" this morning, and once we saw this tweet from SI'sRichard Deitsch, we had a strong suspicion we knew who it would be. It was indeed Feldman, and he dished on his new gig at CBS...and the many things that went wrong with ESPN and ultimately convinced him he couldn't work there anymore.
Check out the interview, and a transcript, here. A few things that stood out to us at first listen: the fact that he considered himself suspended, even if ESPN said otherwise. There was the fact that when asked point-blank whether ESPN prioritizes journalism or business, Feldman said, "It's business." There was the part where Feldman said Craig James tried to say, under oath, he never employed a PR firm to make Leach look bad, when he clearly did. And finally, this line:
"I've seen what [ESPN is] capable of. I'm glad I'm at a different place."
CBS undoubtedly is, too. Feldman is a big get. He's worked for ESPN.com from the beginning of that enterprise, and is as well-respected as anyone in the business (and, of course, his stock has never been higher thanks to the controversy). While CBS might not have quite the online pull of ESPN, it's no small audience he'll be reaching...not to mention the people hat will go there specifrically to read him, something CBS is no doubt banking on. All things considered, it was best for Feldman to part ways with ESPN considering this summer's saga...and he found a good landing spot. For ESPN, Feldman's presence will be tough to replace.