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Newspaper seeks LeBron James beat reporter

Jul 25, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT

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When LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami, ESPN turned a few heads by launching Heat Index.

At the time, a national outlet devoting so many resources to a single team was unheard of.

How about a reporter devoted to a single player?

Northeast Ohio Media Group, which represents The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, is seeking someone for a position called “Sports Reporter – LeBron James Beat.” The job description:

Bring your sports, news and investigative reporting experience to one of the most challenging reporting jobs in the country, covering the sports performance, business dealings and community leadership of basketball star LeBron James. You’ll cover all aspects of his roles in Northeast Ohio and nationally as he returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers, writing, creating videos, and posting across multiple platforms including all relevant types of social media. You’ll also participate in broadcasts where you discuss James, working closely with reporters assigned to cover the Cavaliers and the NBA.

With LeBron, the Cavaliers will definitely have the brightest spotlight in the NBA. But I’ve wondered whether they will become more prominent than the Heat were.

This job is certainly an indication they will.

By the way, if you want to apply, here’s the form.

  1. asimonetti88 - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Isn’t that basically what Brian Windhorst does

    • phillyguyindc - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      Beat me to it. This is how he got started.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:45 AM

        So you were going to mention Brian Windhorst but asimonetti88 “beat” you to the report?

    • bucrightoff - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      Yeah but ESPN employs him already. This sounds like an employment opportunity for Anti.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 25, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        “You’ll cover all aspects of his roles… writing, creating videos, and posting across multiple platforms including all relevant types of social media”

        Yeah, I basically already do that. But I’m not moving to Cleveland. Who wants to live in Cleveland!? You think Cleveland’s cool? Be honest. I never heard anybody say I’m going to Cleveland on vacation. What’s so good about Cleveland? See? She knows.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        “Who wants to live in Cleveland?”

        LeBron apparently.

  2. scorp16 - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    They forgot: Must be willing to re-locate to NY or LA in approx 2 years

  3. azarkhan - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    “You’ll also have to pick up LeBron’s groceries and wash and wax his cars.”

    • money2long - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Cars/balls if anti has anything to do with it.

  4. pizzadawg - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    This has been done before. Pedro Gomez was the Barry Bonds beat reporter for a few years when he was chasing the HR record.

  5. titansbro - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Yeah Brian Windbag been doing that since LeBrons middle school days.

  6. willkill4caffeine - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    I applied, but where it asked for salary requirements I put “10% of LeBron James’ contract and endorsement deals”. That sounds fair, right? it said to stand out from other applicants. Done and done.

  7. BrownsTown - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    What you guys may not realize is that the NEOMG has shed many vets over the years and this position will be some young pup probably making <$30K per year. It's some Bleacher Report-level stuff here. I'm not knocking people getting their break and cutting their teeth in the biz, but the clicks will come at a very low cost for the paper/site.

  8. cantonbound13 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Anti’s dream job. He just needs LeBron to drop the restraining order.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 25, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      I already have my dream job, thank you very little.

  9. antistratfordian - Jul 25, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    I wonder if Windhorst is going back to Cleveland too.

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