Sunday, July 31, 2005
Sportscenter India without Jason Dasey is like Coffee without Sugar-Bad!!
I have no idea what the heads of ESPN-Star were thinking when they removed Jason Dasey from Sportscenter India. They have replaced him with Wasim Akram and have made Sportscenter a Hindi show. They have shifted Jason to Sportscenter Asia, which means that we will never again see him on TV. ESPN-Star feel that to reach to the Indian audience, they have to make everything Hindi. I do not know Hindi and so I have absolutely no clue about what Wasim Akram is talking. Sportscenter was my favourite show and it was only because Jason Dasey was on it. His professionalism could be felt by viewers sitting 5000 kilometers away and unsurprisingly he was very popular with the Indian public. That is why I cannot understand ESPN-Star's decision to scrap the English version of the show. Sportscenter India was widely watched and commercially successful largely due to Jason's charisma. I remember changing channels whenever he didn't come on Sportscenter. The only other presenter I liked was Andrew Leci, but they shipped him to the football studio. Now there is no proper Sports news show I can watch. I was shocked when he announced his farewell to the Indian audience last week on Sportscenter. The grin on the face of Anand Narasimhan only intensified my anger. ESPN-Star has made a huge blunder and is definitely going to regret it. Wasim Akram was a legend on the Cricket field but he is left wanting in front of the camera. The Hindi cast of Wasim, Darain Shahidi, Poonam Sharma and Anand Narasimhan basically sucks. ESPN-Star has to realize that it has a large English speaking audience and must cater to their needs. Sportscenter India became the best sports news show because of Jason. Jason 'Desi' Dasey will be missed.