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Ron Franklin discusses new ESPN contract, new Big 12

by Mel Bracht Modified: July 23, 2010 at 5:48 pm •  Published: July 23, 2010

Although he hasn't been happy with his ESPN assignments in recent years, veteran sportscaster Ron Franklin says he isn't ready to cut his ties with network. He recently agreed to a two-year contract with much fewer assignments — 35 a year compared to up 60 in past years.

"When the money came forward, I realized I couldn't do better initially with my freelance work than what they were going to pay me," Franklin said. "So I thought, 'No sense in cutting off your nose to spite your face' so I said, 'Let's give it a try for two years.'"

Franklin, 68, an Austin, Texas, resident, said he is excited that most of the assignments will be in Big 12 country. He's hoping that he and broadcast partner Ed Cunningham will be assigned to the Florida State-OU game at 2:30 p. m. Sept. 11 as new Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher makes his road debut.

"Against a formidable opponent as OU, that's a real test for the Seminoles," Franklin said.

Since Franklin will call 17 football games this season, his basketball assignments will be trimmed the most. In past season, he had done up to three basketball games a week and the travel had taken a toll on him.

"I hate to cut back on anything, particularly basketball, but I think that's the smart thing to do," he said.

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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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