Where will sports be 25 years from now? Will the Super Bowl be on pay-per-view?

[laughs] No, it'll be on the moon! I'd like to think that, like former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle once said, the NFL and sports generally should be inclusive for everybody. We don't rule out some people from watching the events. By now, almost everybody does get cable. So maybe the Super Bowl will be on the moon - look, they're having it in Detroit in 2006, so why not? A lot of things will remain the same and that's good. On the other hand, technology will continue to improve. HDTV might not be good for my hairline, but it's coming.
Walsh: Most of the major leagues say there's nothing on the horizon that would put major events on pay-per-view. I don't know about the Super Bowl, but the "Lin­gerie Bowl" made it onto TV this year for the 500 people who saw it [laughs].

Patrick: I would hope that the athletes under­stand that you have to invest back into the product to keep it viable. NASCAR ­drivers have understood this, investing back in and being available. You can walk up, touch them, talk to them, see the cars - making it more fan-friendly. Maybe in the next 25 years, we'll see more of this. You're also going to see high-school players­ continue to challenge to get into the NFL, and other sports, early. Kids are going to be ready at an earlier age, whether it's Michelle Wie at 14, or Freddy Adu at 15. It's going to happen because we demand more of these kids at a younger age. I think you're going to see that word "burnout" come back again. As a parent, I would keep an eye out for this.

What are your thoughts as you look back over the years you've spent with ESPN?

Dick Vitale:
ESPN has been a phenomenal ride, and to be a little spoke in a big wheel has been gratifying. I'll take it to my grave knowing I did the first basketball college game on ESPN. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined my own website with Dickie V dolls, and Dickie V alarm clocks that wake you up with my different sayings - "Awesome, baby!"