Don’t look now, but Jay Mariotti is on his way back to ESPN

jay-mariottiESPN had no choice but to can Jay Mariotti back in 2010 when Mariotti ran into a multitude of legal issues. Which eventually lead to Mariotti being sentenced to probation and community service.

Since then, Mariotti has laid low and continued his “analysis” of the sports landscape for his 1,600 or so Twitter followers. But the days of Jay Mariotti laying low may be coming to an end with a report from The Sherman Report that says Mariotti has now received his first assignment from ESPN since his legal issues.

Mariotti confirmed the news to Ed Sherman via email.

ESPN has graciously given me a chance to try freelance storytelling, potentially a longer-form piece the network does so well. I’ve started working on a particular project.

I’ve been fortunate to write the columns, do the TV shows, host the radio shows, cover the major events and see the world. I think strong narratives always will stand out in a sports media business swirling in change (not all good). You’re seeing a boom in definitive, longer-form stories for TV and digital. Getting to explore this creative avenue with ESPN, the industry leader, is exactly what interests me right now. I appreciate the opportunity, and we’ll see where it goes from here.

Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be.

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