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"Take Ten" with David Glenn

This week we are pleased to have David Glenn as our guest on Canes Country's "Take Ten"! David is a man who wears many hats and not all of them are sports related. He hosts the weekday afternoon radio show on 850 The Buzz from 3-6PM, he is the editor of the extremely popular "ACC Sports Journal", he maintains an active blog for WRAL.com called "David Glenn's ACC Journal", and if all that doesn't keep him busy enough, he is also a licensed and practicing lawyer! While college sports is his expertise, he also talks about hockey while on the Buzz and has a special passion for his old hometown Philadelphia Flyers as well as his current favorite team, the Carolina Hurricanes. It seems that DG has some big decisions coming up in the new year so we wish him the best of luck from Canes Country and of course greatly appreciate his time in helping us with this interview!
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1. When did you make the decision to transition away from practicing
law full time to being a sports journalist? Do you still practice law
as well as work on your sports related duties?

From the time I started practicing law in 1994 through today, I've
gradually reduced the percentage of my working life that goes toward
my legal career. I still practice in the areas of contract law,
constitutional law (especially First Amendment) and wills/estate
planning, but it's down to less than 10 percent of my career now.
With my new weekday show at Sports Radio 850 The Buzz in Raleigh â€"
plus my continuing responsibilities as the editor of the ACC Sports
Journal, as a contributor to WRAL.com Sports, as a frequent radio
guest (maybe 300 appearances per year) on lots of other shows around
the East Coast, and with some speaking engagements â€" my plate is
pretty full. I really enjoy most aspects of all of my jobs, so I try
to do as much as I can with them without jeopardizing my roles as a
father, husband, son, brother, uncle, friend, etc.

2. What is your favorite part of your job? Your least favorite?

As anyone who knows me well would tell you, I am extremely passionate
about seeking out and telling the truth with a no-holds-barred
approach. The media plays an extremely important role in any country,
and while sports is not exactly life-and-death territory, I think
good journalism is crucial for a healthy society and an educated
consumer. The other best part is the people and the relationships;
you meet a lot of folks in my various job descriptions, and I really
like most of them. My least favorite part of my jobs is
(occasionally) dealing with ignorant, mean-spirited people who have
strong opinions and offer personal attacks on subjects where they
have absolutely no clue but are too lazy or stupid to realize it. :O)
3. Who is/was your favorite NHL player to interview? Have you ever
had a difficult NHL player to interview and what happened?

I have a long list of favorites in hockey, including about a dozen
members of the Carolina Hurricanes, but I'd have to go with Erik
Cole. He's smart, insightful, honest, passionate and fun, and like
most NHL players he respects the role of the media and isn't overly
impressed with himself. Justin Williams is great, too. Cory Stillman
is brilliant. Most of my media career has been in college sports, not
hockey, and to this point I've never had a negative experience with
an NHL player.
4. In your opinion what could the NHL do in general, and the
Hurricanes do in particular, to increase interest in the sport?

I think they have to continue to study the television situation from
every angle. Any great product needs exposure, and the NHL doesn't
get enough. The league needs a better TV deal and more ways to make
the game appealing on TV. They also have to continue on their current
paths of (1) keeping the game more fluid and less clutch-and-grab,
and (2) heavily penalizing players for head shots and unnecessarily
dangerous hits. I love the physical part of hockey, but it's absurd
to expose your best assets â€" highly skilled players â€" to unnecessary
risks. Also, the Hurricanes would be wise to remember that, in their
still-new market, they're still planting seeds that won't fully
sprout until our kids' generation and beyond.

5. The NHLPA just elected a new president. How do you think that the
union can better serve the players?

The No. 1 thing is really just making it a union again. Because of
some controversy and scandals, the NHLPA basically stopped being a
functional union. The first challenge for Paul Kelly is uniting the
players behind the idea that the NHLPA again can become an effective
advocate and a voice for the players. Then he can go about working
with the NHL on marketing issues and better ways to promote the game
and protect the players. There are going to be adversarial times
between the union and the league, but they'll both be better off if
they can build on some common ground. Frankly, the long-term future
of their sport depends on it.
6. If you could make one rule change in the NHL, what would it be
and why?

I would be more restrictive with goaltenders' equipment. Some of
those guys look like big, squatty fire hydrants out there, with their
huge pads, baggy jerseys and other oversized equipment. People like
scoring. I love great goaltending, but I'd like to see the goalies
look more like what we saw in the 1970s and 1980s, rather than these
spaceship-looking guys.
7. Currently, you host the afternoon show on 850 The Buzz from 3-6
daily, work as the editor of the ACC Sports Journal, and have an
active blog named David Glenn's ACC Journal, on WRAL.com. Are you
working on any other projects that you would like people to be aware
of?

I'm currently in the process of evaluating where I should go with my
media career, and what decisions are best for my family, and 2008 is
going to involve some of the biggest forks in the road of my entire
life. There are some very interesting possibilities for me out there
in radio, television and print/web journalism. I have far more
desirable opportunities than I ever dreamed I'd have in this
industry. I just have to figure out what are the best fits for me and
my family. I'd love to talk about the details, but I can't yet!!
8. Hockey is growing in the south at all levels, including the collegiate level. NC State's club hockey team recently joined the ACC Hockey League which is comprised of several other ACC schools. Do you think collegiate hockey in the south could someday be popular enough to go division 1? In your opinion, what needs to happen before ACC hockey can go division 1?

With the exception of Boston College, I think hockey in the ACC has a
long, long way to go before it's close to being sponsored on the
Division I level. The current climate of college sports is that most
schools are more likely to drop a varsity sport than to add a new
one, so I'll be very surprised if you see a hockey explosion in the
ACC. It's great that so many people are having fun with ice hockey at
the club level, but I think that's where it will stay for the
foreseeable future. There are just too many complications with
budgets and facilities right now.
9. You have written several books/publications. Have you written
anything hockey related or do you have anything in the works for
hockey?

I would estimate that 95 percent of my work as a writer, editor and
author has involved college sports, and I don't think that will
change. It's funny. Although I cover the Carolina Hurricanes for 850
The Buzz, and I have the Hurricanes on my show on a regular basis, I
almost wish I could just enjoy hockey exclusively as a fan. My wife
says that only two teams â€" in any sport, professional or college â€"
can get my blood boiling: the Philadelphia Flyers and the Carolina
Hurricanes. She's probably right, too, and it's hard to cover a team
objectively when you like them so much. After 20 years in journalism,
I want to root for a team in the stands instead of being quiet and
objective in the press box. You get to drink beer in the stands, too!
10. The Hurricanes are having problems with consistency, especially
on defense. In your opinion what do the Canes need to do, (if
anything), to improve themselves regarding this? If they were to add
someone via trade, who specifically do you think they should target
and why?

Obviously, the Hurricanes lack a dynamic, offensive defenseman. One
thing to remember in hockey is that you usually can upgrade your team
late in the regular season with very good players â€" like with Doug
Weight and Mark Recchi on the Stanley Cup team â€" after figuring out
which teams are completely out of the playoff hunt. Even if you get
the guy for only the stretch run, it's usually worth it. Watch the
bottom of the standings later this season, pick out the best
offensive defensemen on those teams, and that's where to draw your
bulls-eyes. In Jim Rutherford We Trust, right? :O)