ESPN, Salisbury part ways

by Mel Bracht Published: February 29, 2008
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Outspoken NFL analyst Sean Salisbury, who said he was underappreciated and underpaid by ESPN, overestimated his value to the network.

After he asked for a seven-figure contract, ESPN sent him packing and instead hired Cris Carter of "Inside the NFL,” which HBO has canceled after 31 seasons.

"I'd grown tired of being punished for not being an NFL superstar,” Salisbury told the Los Angeles Times. "Analysts who don't work as hard as me, don't prepare as hard as me, and don't have my resume were making more than me just because of their ability to throw or catch a football.”

In a statement released by ESPN, Salisbury said, "I have created a brand and it's time to expand into other opportunities in TV, radio, Internet, publishing, movies and public speaking, among others.”

As for movies, Salisbury, a former USC and NFL quarterback, has been in "The Benchwarmers” and "The Longest Yard.”

In 2006, he reportedly was suspended by ESPN for taking an inappropriate photo with his cell phone and showing it to a female co-worker.

Although probably not a superstar, Carter reached the Pro Bowl eight consecutive seasons as a Minnesota Vikings receiver.


by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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