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May 22, 2008 at 11:36 AM

ESPN Rise to cover prep sports

This summer ESPN will launch its newest project: ESPN Rise. Its primary goal is to increase coverage of high school sports on the air, in the magazine and, of course, online.

You can expect more prep highlights on SportsCenter and more games covered on all of ESPN’s various channels. Shows like College Football Live and College Gameday will surely dabble into the prep world more often.

So the question is: will the increased prep coverage by ESPN Rise be good or bad?

I was reading a column about this in the NY Daily News. There was a part that really struck me:

If you’re a 14-year-old who can throw up a 50-yard spiral or throw down a 360-degree dunk, ESPN could vault you from local star to national star.

As if you didn’t already have enough recruiters at your door, enough people wanting to do favors and become your “friend,” enough people telling you you’re the center of the universe.

While it would be cool to see Tony Wroten highlights or another Jake Heaps-to-Gino Simone touchdown on ESPN, I’m not sure how I feel about this.

Who knows where this might lead. Middle school sports?

What do you think? Are you excited for the chance to see more coverage of the best prep talent in the country or is this going a little too far?

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