The Sportswriter as MVP

Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly may be the field's first million-dollar scribe, with rival ESPN trying to get him to switch sides

A million-dollar-a-year sportswriter? It's a concept worthy of induction in the oxymoron hall of fame. "A little like McLobster," jokes Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly. Yet -- hold on to your press pass -- Reilly stands a good chance of becoming the first sports scribe ever to crash the seven-figure club. If he does, he can thank the intensifying struggle between sports-media warriors Sports Illustrated and ESPN.

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