ESPN settles wrongful termination lawsuit brought by Ron Franklin

Ron Franklin was fired last January after a contentious conversation with co-worker Jeannine Edwards.
by Mel Bracht Modified: January 13, 2012 at 2:56 pm •  Published: January 13, 2012
ESPN has settled a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by former sportscaster Ron Franklin, a network official confirmed to The Oklahoman.

Mike Soltys, ESPN vice president of U.S. Network Communications, acknowledged in an email the case suit was settled out of court on Thursday and terms were not announced. Franklin could not be reached for comment.

Franklin, 69, had specialized in Big 12 football and basketball for ESPN. He provided play-by-play for “Big Monday” basketball broadcasts from 1992 to 2009. His two-year contract, which ran through 2012, called for him to broadcast 35 sports events per year.

Franklin had filed suit against ESPN and ABC in Austin, Texas, in January 2011, accusing the company of violating his contract by firing him after a contentious conversation with sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards in an Atlanta hotel lobby before the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The suit, which alleged breach of contract, was filed on behalf of Franklin's company, Ron Franklin Productions.

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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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