A Cleveland newspaper is welcoming King James back with a gift fit for a (sports) royal: a reporter dedicated to his every move.
The Northeast Ohio Media Group, which represents the Plain Dealer newspaper and Cleveland.com, has posted a job ad looking for an "expert on LeBron James and what he means to Northeast Ohio."
According to the description, the reporter will be "analyzing and reporting on James' personal sports statistics, his mentoring of younger players and his relationship with his coaches as well as his non-basketball forays in business, entertainment and other enterprises."
Sure, that sounds like fun: The reporter, after all, will travel with James around the country as the Cavaliers and track his every move. But is being King James' shadow truly the best job ever? Here at The Wire, we break it down, just as the thorough job posting does:
The ad delivers a slew of expected bullet points for a job of this caliber: A bachelor's degree, reporting experience, SEO familiarity, etc. But The One will also "need to be flexible enough to work many nights and weekend, particularly during basketball season."
Ah, of course. The reporter will be expected to be at every Cavs game. We'll chalk that up under the "Yes, This Is The Best Job Ever" column.
It's not all James, all the time, though. The ad states that the reporter will "appear regularly on a variety of video shows," in which he or she "will engage with the audience in dissecting James' on-court performance and handicapping upcoming contests." Look at that! The reporter can share the spotlight with the subject! Exciting! That's a plus.
But then, under the list of specific responsibilities, it looks like the role also entails "monitoring and engaging in reader comment streams on impact page." Depending on James' actions, these could be tough to handle. It's a minus.
Keys to Success
"We are looking for someone who can convey the excitement generated by one of the country's highest-profile athletes and stay on top of news related to him and his performance," the ad finishes. That certainly sounds exciting, but is it possible to have LeBron news all the time?
We think the true key to success will be dealing with James—he'll laugh at you, dismiss you, and possibly call you a reprehensible name. Maybe it'll be worth it for the cupcakes? And for the chance to be LeBron James' new best friend?
Whoever ends up with the gig, we salute you, dedicated LeBron James beat reporter. Apply away.