Athens, GA (Dec 13, 2007) - According to an article in the New York Times, he is quoted as saying he described ESPN’s “attempt to undercut” the US Army sponsored All American Bowl an “effort to undermine our Army.' So just who is Douglas Berman, and why is he so upset with ESPN, upset enough to equate ESPN to something just short of being an evil empire?
The former campaign chairman of Senator Bill Bradley's failed 2000 presidential run is from an organization called Sports Link, Inc, which runs the All American Bowl for the Army. The cold, hard truth about this man is that he probably does not care that ESPN is trying to "undermine our Army." The bottom line is that he does not want to face competition, especially from ESPN. The sad truth is that both groups are attempting to exploit the dreams of high-school players for their sake of their own wallets.
So before Mr. Berman goes on berating ESPN for bringing competition to his previously monopolistic hold on a high school all-star game, he needs to be more forthcoming about his company and their relationship with the Army. This arrangement had to be consummated under some form of contract. If there is a contract, was it awarded competitively as required in the federal government? Or was there some justification for the award of a sole-source contract for this event? What is the value of the contract and when does it expire? Once these questions are answered in a public forum, Mr. Berman's complaints might fall on more understanding ears.
NY Times: ESPN Will Take on Army With Its Own High School Game