This past week, ESPN2 televised the network’s annual Content of Character program which included an intro by actor/rapper COMMON and a panel discussion surrounding Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy as it pertains to sports.
Galen Gordon, coordinating producer for ESPN2’s Number Never Lie (weekdays, 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2), helped behind the scenes of this year’s special. Front Row spoke to Gordon about his first experience working on the 60-minute show.
What do you look for in filling a panel?
We wanted a diverse group of voices to tackle the issues addressed in the show.
Was there anyone you wanted for the panel who wasn’t available?
We tried to get Chuck D from Public Enemy. He wanted to participate but unfortunately there were too many scheduling conflicts. COMMON also wanted to contribute, so he took time out to record the open. This was a compelling piece produced by Sharon Matthews.
Is there anything you want our readers to know/understand about this experience?
Overall, I’m proud to contribute to Content of Character. It speaks to ESPN’s commitment to preserving the legacy of Dr. King. This year’s show featured great storytelling combined with intriguing discussions on the racial landscape in sports.