What Drives You: ESPN’s Laura Rutledge navigates life in sports broadcasting

What Drives You: ESPN’s Laura Rutledge navigates life in sports broadcasting


We welcome you here to SEC
Nation. Laura Rutledge So Laura I hear the news you’re going to Bristol. Jalen Hurts had just willed his team to an SEC Championship. Well one thing I think that
is pretty amazing is that it is a Saturday afternoon here in Alabama and
we are sitting in your home on a Saturday. Can you believe that? You have
made a name for yourself as a sports broadcaster. Your name pops up everywhere,
your face pops up everywhere. How did this career start for you? I’m always
amazed that anyone, like if anyone even says sports broadcaster it makes me
laugh because my, my childhood and my path to this point had no indications
that I would end up doing this. I you know grew up as a ballet dancer. I was
very into music and the arts and I kind of always thought that that’s what I
would do. And I was a serious ballet dancer and then at the last minute just
realized that school was going to be a better option and I think my parents
were thrilled about that at the time. I never thought of her as going into
sports broadcasting because she was always afraid of her brothers playing
sports. She didn’t like to watch them because she was so afraid they’d get
hurt so that was an angle that I didn’t expect her to go in. When I decided to go
to college it was between Florida and Florida State and really just UF was the
better option. Somebody said well you know there’s an on campus radio station
you should go and check that out. They said yeah we’ll take you but we have one
opening and it’s in sports. And I thought all right well you know I was always
terrible at sports but I think I like sports so I’m gonna try this out. I said
okay my niche is gonna be in college football recruiting but I didn’t know
anything about it so I had to figure it out. I would either write for a website
or be on the radio and that was kind of how I how I got into the business and
started at that age. The one thing she could control is she
always has is that she could work how hard you work and I think that’s helped
her with her work ethic and that’s made a lot of difference in her success. You
know just being determined and being really hard
on herself she started as a little child. Well we moved here in September and I
would say I mean I might have maybe by now I’ve spent a total of three weeks
here, maybe. Why did you pick Birmingham? What moved you here?
So a lot of it had to do with Josh being from here and I always had liked
Birmingham and for Josh it was gonna make sense for him. He’s starting his new
career as a financial advisor in this area, yes so after retiring from baseball
we needed to find somewhere that could at least be more of a home for him
because we knew that with my schedule I’m not gonna ever be anywhere for
longer than a few days. I think she’s developed more of a
loving for Alabama because of me. Like he really doesn’t let me not root
for Alabama which of course I’m unbiased in my actual job but like things are
better for us if Alabama wins. There’s a meal at stake today for the winners and
the losers tell us about that. Well that’s why I’m the commissioner so I can
always eat wherever I want but. I love interviewing Nick Saban. I actually I
think he’s so funny like I he cracks me up and he truly does like the media. He
always wants to protect his players and that’s first and foremost for him but he
likes his interaction with the media and he has fun with it and he does have the
sense of humor that I don’t think is always appreciated. The SEC to me is
there’s just nothing like it in in all sports I mean you look around and
obviously hosting SEC nation we’ve been at so many National Championships and
we’ve been at the College Football Playoff pretty much every year that
we’ve been on the show just because of the success of the teams from the
football standpoint but one of my favorite things about the conference is
no matter where you go and no matter what school you go to and what sport
you’re covering it really is treated like a family and all of us no matter
what position you’re in are part of that family. You’ve been in a male-dominated
industry for so long and it’s something we deal with as females in the sports
world and while I feel like we definitely generate a lot of respect on
the other side of it there’s a lot of noise
and you do such a great job. How do you block out the noise when you have
negativity coming in? I would say even as recently as a year ago I would really
take that stuff to heart. You know if somebody would tweet me well you look
really fat in that dress today or you know you might need to lay off the
burgers, or whatever. I’d be like I’m not laying off the burgers, I love burgers.
But I would think well I probably shouldn’t wear that dress again you know,
maybe I really do look fat in that or they would say what a stupid opinion, you
don’t know what you’re talking about you know. There’s all that go back to the
kitchen and you don’t belong in this in this world and I would take it to heart.
And I would find that it would affect the way that I would broadcast. It took
me a really long time to get to the point where now I really do feel like I
can brush a lot of that off. Paul Finebaum you know, who was really the
first person who I would say in a larger position, in a higher profile position
who really believed in me and said I’m gonna take a chance on this person and
and he was the only one who could really control that because everyone was just
gonna listen to whatever Paul did so you know I’m always permanently indebted to Paul.
But if you are as prepared and working as hard as you possibly can and you’re
presenting yourself professionally then you’re gonna have a leg up. You’re gonna
be okay and you’re gonna be fine and eventually that respect will come your
way. There will still be people that you can’t control who will not respect you
and won’t think that you belong and okay that’s fine that’s just part of life and
you’re just gonna have to deal with it and keep moving. And I think anyone who
gets into this business and wants to be in some sort of front-facing role,
whatever that may be, you’re going to receive criticism and that’s been a big
help for me too. It’ll light a little fire under me. I’m
like okay this person thinks I can’t do this or this person’s looking at me like
I don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ll show them. Calling owner-operators join
Mercer transportation always moving forward with pride integrity and you
you.

18 thoughts on “What Drives You: ESPN’s Laura Rutledge navigates life in sports broadcasting

  1. A Florida grad and winner of a Florida beauty pageant so why is she on a Bama channel,? who cares what she does, she's not from Bama, didn't go to school in Bama, didn't graduate from Bama, Why don't you do a video on suzy podunk in oregon next, makes as much sense.

  2. Laura is the perfect sideline reporter appearence , temperament , just enough knowledge to ask intelligent questions.Someone needs to spot for her so she don't get her ass ran over anymore.

  3. Laura does a good job! Unlike others that we see are only pretty faces…Laura actually delivers the goods in her interviews and her presence.

  4. WHENEVER I SEE A STUNNING CAUCASOID FEMALE I GET ALL UP IN THEY BUSINESS LOL LIKE INSTAGRAM- (WHICH IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM – NO SERIOUSLY- VERY DIFFERET FROM IMPENDING INMTES newsanchors ~1,100 WHICH IS CRIM) AGE ETC.E TC.
    BUT, IN THE 'MOST BEAUTIFUL CONCENTRATED WGS IN THE COUNTRY THEREFORE THE WORLD' I DON'T HAVE NAMES AND shck HAS A PROBLEM GAZING AT THEM TOO MUCH AND FOR TOO LONG BUT THE 'STENCH AND OLD STENCH' IS STARTING TO TRICKLE INTO EVEN THE SHALL WE SAY ISOLATED GAZING
    LIFE ON 'EXTREME STANDBY' 33.8 (!?!?!?!? WAIT IS THAT A TYPO 23.8? THEY'VE BEEN DOING THIS TO YOU FOR 12+ YEARS?)

  5. Hottest chick in sports broadcasting by far!! Every male she’s ever worked with has imagined how her butthole and pussy smell and taste.

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