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Richard Deitsch
May 20, 2002
A Live-wire Act, Real Cowboys, Kicks at Nite
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May 20, 2002

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A Live-wire Act, Real Cowboys, Kicks at Nite

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?As Peter Parker will tell you, with great power comes great responsibility. It's a lesson that ESPN grapples with every time it airs a live press conference. Case in point: Both ESPN and ESPN News carried Allen Iverson's infamous May 7 press conference, which featured seven s words, an f bomb and enough self-revelation to keep Freud busy for eternity. The rant was fascinating to watch, and afterward ESPN anchor Mike Greenberg apologized to viewers for the profanity. According to ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz, the network never thought about breaking away from Iverson or going to tape delay. ESPN deserves credit for recognizing that the scene, while touchy, was newsworthy. "We're constantly examining the balance between delivering live programming versus managing the risk that comes with it," says Krulewitz.

?One thing's certain—Jerry Jones will find his way in front of the camera. But only someone wise in the Kremlinology of the Cowboys could guess who else will get sizable screen time in the upcoming HBO- NFL Films production of Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Dallas Cowboys. The second season of the sports reality show starts on July 31, and other than Emmitt Smith, the three veterans and three rookies to be featured will be determined during filming. Expect top draft pick Roy Williams and vets Larry Allen and Rocket Ismail to get good airtime.

?Insomniacs and soccer fanatics prepare: The first must-see game of ESPN's live World Cup coverage airs June 2 on ESPN 2 at 1:25 a.m. EST. Nigeria plays Argentina in the ultracompetitive Group F, also known as the "Group of Death."