The national NFL reporters have one of the toughest jobs in all of sports writing. It’s a grind that never seems to end with the pressures to ABB(N) (Always Be Breaking (News)). But CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora — one of the most successful NFL beat writers out there — says that it’s actually a tremendous way to earn a living.
In our chat, we talk about the 24/7/365 nature of the beat he covers and how he handles the balance between work and family when he’s not really working (but kind of is), how he structures his schedule (and prays like hell) so that he can break news on the Sunday morning NFL shows even if he learns of the news earlier in the week, and how he defends breaking news on Twitter while the NFL draft is ongoing.
Also, we talk about heavy metal, because that’s kind of what we do whenever we see each other. I detail my meeting with Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess, and La Canfora talks about his conversation with Slayer’s Kerry King and how much the thrash metal guitar god loves his Oakland Raiders.
Interviewed on 5-28-14