Syracuse podcast: ESPN ‘Requiem for the Big East’ director Ezra Edelman

ESPN 30 for 30 Requiem For The Big East director Ezra Edelman calls in to chat about his documentary with hosts Andrew Kouwe and Wesley Cheng on the Juice on the Cuse podcast hosted by SNY.tv. The duo also talk about the ACC Tournament moving to the Barclay’s Center and Syracuse’s chances in the postseason.

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Here are some highlights from the interview:

The Juice Online: What was the impetus behind your documentary?

Ezra Edelman: ESPN had been interested in doing a documentary about the Big East for a few years. I frankly didn’t know what that would be until they approached me last year, and immediately for me, it was a couple months before the final Big East Tournament. I thought, ‘There is a finality to this. There is an end to this story,’ in that there is a demise to the conference. What struck me was that as a fan, as someone who grew up rooting for Georgetown, and someone who went to the Big East Tournament as much as I could as an adult, I felt the loss of the conference and what was happening. I felt there was a place and a need to convey what happened and connect the dots of how the conference started and ended.

TJO: Is this a sign of things to come? It seems like the offense this year is going to have more games like that where you put up a lot of points.

EE: When I started to examine further, my thought process was more like, Dave Gavitt formed this league with the market place in mind. He wanted to get these schools in the urban areas in the east and he wanted to use the burgeoning cable television market to get the word out. And ultimately, as much as he wanted to bring the basketball product in the northeast that had not been able to seen by the country, he wanted to showcase that, he also understand from a business standpoint that he had a good product he could sell.

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Rundown:

1. Intro
2. ESPN 30 for 30 Requiem For The Big East director Ezra Edelman calls in
3. The story behind the documentary
4. Getting all the big names
5. Money created the conference, money killed the conference
6. Best part of making the film
7. Wes and Andrew talk hoops
8. How do you feel about the team right now?
9. How does Boeheim deal with rough patches?
10. ACC Tournament Preview
11. Early NCAA Tournament Preview
12. Future ACC Tourney in Brooklyn?
13. Closing thoughts and wrap up

» Related: Chris Carlson calls in to the podcast to talk SU hoops

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About Wes Cheng

Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.
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