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ESPN’s Ron Franklin plans retirement after deal expires in April 2010

by Mel Bracht Published: July 17, 2009

/> "I feel I know the people and know a little bit about the state,” he said. "It’s a comfortable fit.”

Franklin also doesn’t go out of his way to criticize coaches and players. He said he has enjoyed working with analysts who share that opinion, including Mike Gottfried in football and Fraschilla in basketball

"I don’t like beating up kids and I don’t like beating up coaches,” he said.

Fraschilla now teams with Ed Cunningham on ESPN/ABC Saturday afternoon football games. Working with veteran producer Bob Goodrich, the pair will be without a sideline announcer this season as Jack Arute did not return.

Franklin also has play-by-play experience as the voice of the NFL’s Houston Oilers for 12 years and the University of Texas for six years.

An avid fisherman, Franklin hosted the "Sportsmen’s Challenge” fishing show for 15 years on ESPN and occasionally covers Bassmasters events.

In retirement, Franklin will have more time to fish and spend time with his three grandchildren.

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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