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    Dream Job, the contest for aspiring ESPN SportsCenter anchors, crowns a winner Sunday (9-11 p.m. ET).

    ESPN executive vice president Mark Shapiro dreamed up a couple of the devices of the show - including this week's play-for-pay quiz for the winner - while in a taxi in New York en route to a negotiation meeting with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

    "Hopefully in the next cab ride we can come up with solutions to boost NHL ratings," Shapiro says. "I might need a town car for that."

    The first couple of installments of Dream Job were closer to nightmares, as talent-shy candidates were more plentiful than those with talent.

    But the candidates' efforts improved, helped by understanding host Stuart Scott, and the audience of 1 million homes a show has been a TV executive's dream.

    USA TODAY's Danny Sheridan even has odds on the four finalists: 1-1 for Aaron Levine (Palo Alto, Calif.), 2-1 for Zachariah Selwyn (Los Angeles), 4-1 for Mike Hall (Columbia, Mo.) and 15-1 for Maggie Haskins (Providence).

    The judges will pick the final two in the first hour, then the viewers will choose the victor after the finalists perform mock SportsCenter duties with Linda Cohn and Karl Ravech.

    A few minutes later on SportsCenter, the winner gets to boost his or her starting one-year salary of $70,000 by $5,000 increments for each correct sports quiz answer. When an answer is missed, the salary drops $10,000. At any time before a missed answer, the new "anchor" can end the quiz and keep the money level.

    "It's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire meets Press Your Luck," Shapiro says. "Shows like this and The Apprentice work because viewers can see themselves as contestants."



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    I love the way they're going to arrive at the person's salary!!

    Mr. G

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    A few minutes later on SportsCenter, the winner gets to boost his or her starting one-year salary of $70,000 by $5,000 increments for each correct sports quiz answer. When an answer is missed, the salary drops $10,000. At any time before a missed answer, the new "anchor" can end the quiz and keep the money level.
    Good thing they didn't make Berman do that when they hired him. He'd be working for free.
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      Originally posted by ElviswasaBluesFan@Mar 26 2004, 11:23 AM
      A few minutes later on SportsCenter, the winner gets to boost his or her starting one-year salary of $70,000 by $5,000 increments for each correct sports quiz answer. When an answer is missed, the salary drops $10,000. At any time before a missed answer, the new "anchor" can end the quiz and keep the money level.
      Good thing they didn't make Berman do that when they hired him. He'd be working for free.
      And they would still be overpaying that piece of shit.
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      • #4
        Funny...Stroker was telling me a "real Dream" job...is being a "fluffer" on porn shoots...

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