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Dan Rafael Re-Ups With ESPN

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Boxing writer Dan Rafael re-upped with behemoth ESPN, the company reported today.

The move is a credit to the regard they hold him in; the cabler is in an austerity age, and is seeing shrinking eyeball numbers in some areas, from chord cutting. They have been jettisoning high earning talent but the boxing personality made the cut.

Here is the release which went out.

ESPN senior writer Dan Rafael has signed a new, multi-year agreement to remain at ESPN as the company’s lead boxing multimedia reporter and columnist.

“Dan is an award-winning boxing authority and one of the most respected and dedicated boxing writers in the industry, and we are thrilled that he will continue to lead our efforts in this time-honored sport,” said Patrick Stiegman, vice president and editorial director of ESPN Digital & Print Media. “Whether he’s breaking news or covering big fights or driving the conversation through his reporting and commentary, Dan continues to distinguish himself among boxing journalists — and we are proud that he will keep building on that legacy at ESPN.”

Under the new agreement, Rafael will continue to serve as boxing writer and analyst for ESPN.com and all digital properties, contribute to ESPN The Magazine, and appear on SportsCenter and other ESPN television and audio shows. He will also collaborate with the network’s boxing commentators on special coverage of major boxing events throughout the year.

“For the past 16 years I have had the thrill of a lifetime to cover professional boxing, including the past 11 for ESPN, and I am truly excited to do it for years to come for a great company. ESPN has a big commitment to boxing, and I am honored to be part of it, along with my hard-working editors, and I appreciate the resources we have been given. I am very thankful to John Kosner, Executive Vice President, ESPN Digital & Print Media, and to Patrick Stiegman for the opportunity to keep doing what I love to do.”

Considered one of the most renowned boxing reporters, Rafael has been covering the sport since 2000 and for ESPN since 2005. While working with the company, he was awarded the Nat Fleischer Award for Career Excellence in Boxing Journalism from the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2013.

Prior to joining ESPN, he served as the boxing writer for USA Today. He started his career as a sportswriter in 1993 covering a variety of sports, including minor league baseball and college and high school sports, for newspapers in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Binghamton, N.Y.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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