Backup plan: Nnamdi Asomugha
The Raiders cornerback was an anchor on ESPNews.
To see a video of Nnamdi in Bristol, CT at the ESPN offices, please click here.
This article appeared as part of a package in the June 29 issue of ESPN The Magazine.
I started my day meeting with reps from ESPNews, SportsCenter, Radio, ESPN.com and The Magazine. They passed out a huge packet of every possible news story for the day, from the latest steroids accusations to a 100-year-old woman breaking a bowling record. We did a minute-by-minute rundown of what would happen on each show. After the meeting, I met with Lisa Antonangeli, whose entire job is sending a thousand e-mails a day to book athletes, reporters and analysts for the day's shows. After lunch, I visited the control room to see what happens behind the scenes. There were guys doing graphics and music, lining up commercials, cutting to highlights, all while the anchors talk about a player -- it's incredible. When it was time for me to go on the air, I was overwhelmed by all the voices in my earpiece. Plus, I'm color-blind, which made it hard to see the red light that indicated which camera I should face. It was nerve-racking, but I could definitely see myself doing this for a long time after my playing days are over.
"Nnamdi has a great career ahead of him in broadcasting. He knows sports, obviously, but he also really understands the nuances and strategies behind the games."
-- Bernie Ritter, coordinating producer, ESPNews
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