The Stacey Dales saga brought to memory Trev Alberts and his departure from ESPN. Alberts, a former Nebraska All-American defensive end, was fired by the network in 2005 after he failed to show up for a studio show. His huge ego apparently got the best of him. He had several discussions with ESPN management, noting his displeasure with his role on the “College GameDay” second team, working with Mark May and host Rece Davis. Alberts, who joined ESPN’s studio show in 2002 after five years in a similar role at CNN/SI, felt he wasn’t giving him the respect he deserved. He since has resurfaced as an CBS College Sports Network, going from the most respected sports network with 98 million homes to one in about a quarter of those homes. Cox Communications carries it in Tulsa, but not in Oklahoma City.
After six years with ESPN, Dales, a two-time All-America women’s basketball player, apparently though she deserved more respect from the “Worldwide Leader in Sports.” While some of her colleagues flew first class, she was stuck back in coach. Negotiations for a new three-year contract hit an impasse in December over the travel provision. I have to wonder how many of the network’s sideline reporters fly first class. I doubt too many. It will be interesting to see which network Dales resurfaces and if she is flying first class for them.