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Working for ESPN, BTN

As I may have implied (or even stated outright, I don't remember) in this space, I am currently interning for the Big Ten Network for a semester. I have also interned in the past for ESPN, and for the past two weeks, I have worked for them again. The quality not only of the product, but also of the working environment between the two companies is night and day.

Working for the Big Ten Network (I've done it once this year, for the Appalachian State game) is not good at all. When I work for them, I'm honestly embarrassed to be associated with such a poorly run organization. The supervisors have no fucking clue what they're doing, and employees doing work that is contracted out don't show up (or, more likely, the BTN forgot to hire some).

ESPN, on the other hand, is run smoothly. Fair enough, they've been around for 20-some odd years, compared to the BTN's 1. However, I could literally step in and do a better job than many of the production-side employees at Big Ten Network than they do. The same could not be said for ESPN. When there is nothing for a runner to do at ESPN, it is because there really is nothing to do. At Big Ten Network, there is work to be done, but the supervisors just have no clue what the hell they're doing.

ESPN is organized and efficient, and the Big Ten Network is, like, shitty.

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“Working for ESPN, BTN”

  1. Blogger SaSnNM Says:

    I am having some of the same problems as Joe above. I really, really want to work for ESPN and would commute or move to Bristol for the opportunity. I want to do something I already love to do in my free time (watching, eating, sleeping, and drinking ESPN) and turn that into a career.

    Does anyone have any useful information to help guide me in my quest for a job (almost any job) @ ESPN.

    I have undergrad degrees in Economics, English, and Philosophy and am a part of the top-notch civil service program Teach For America. I have a great desire to break into the ESPN family and work my butt off for a very long time.

    Can anyone out there help?

    Seth
    sasnnm@gmail.com