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ESPN Launching New Blog To Cover All Things ESPN

Later this month, ESPN is launching ESPNFrontRow.com, a sports media blog that will focus on issues and stories related to the company.

Former ESPN.com NFL editor Sheldon Spencer will serve as the primary writer and editor of the blog when it launches on March 30.

ESPNFrontRow.com will provide consumers with a behind-the-scenes look at how ESPN operates and address controversies that involve the network (ie: The news you read about on the blogs about ESPN).

The new blog, which is being operated by the Public Relations department, won’t compete with The Poynter Institute’s new role as ESPN’s ombudsman. Read more

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Merrill Hoge to "Grill" Ben Roethlisberger

The NFL’s “lone dominant team will get a little better this weekend when star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returns from a four-game suspension related to his poor conduct.

Before the game, ESPN will air an interview between the Steelers man and Merril Hoge on Sunday NFL Countdown. In the segment, the quarterback “discusses his suspension and lessons learned in a sit-down interview.”

It’s billed as “Ben Roethlisberger unplugged” but don’t expect anything other than softballs.

Hoge, a former Steelers running back who nearly died after suffering a concussion, won’t ask “Ben” any tough questions. He can’t. ESPN needs to have a good relationship with the players; otherwise they won’t appear. (It’s not like there is any shortage of other networks that would kill to talk to the QB.) Hoge will ask what Roethlisberger learned, the player will ruminate and offer some cliched answers, and we’ll be done.

Sounds like fun.