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June 11, 2010

Peabody native Feinberg part of ESPN's World Cup team

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Fortunately for him, a job there came up a few months later, Deely told Feinberg about it, he interviewed and was hired the next day as a director.

"Exposed to the passion"

In the decade that he's been there, Feinberg has done from directing ESPNews and SportsCenter to working on such shows as NFL Primetime, Sunday NFL Countdown, Baseball Tonight, the NFL Draft, as well as many Super Bowls, the U.S. Open and even the 2003 World Series.

"You know, the year Aaron Boone beat us with that homer in Game 7," Feinberg, a diehard Red Sox fan, recalled. "We knew one way or another after Game 7 (of the ALCS between the Red Sox and Yankees that year) that we were getting on a bus (from ESPN) going to either Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park for the start of the World Series. Let me tell you, that was a miserable ride to Yankee Stadium."

The father of three boys (Matthew, 14; Drew, 12; and Ethan, 7) with his wife, Jill, Feinberg is excited for the challenge that this global spectacle presents. While admitting he's not the world's biggest soccer fan, he has learned more about the beautiful game than ever before by picking the brains of soccer's cognoscenti all around him.

"I'm sure I'll be exposed to the passion of the sport, which really dwarfs the Super Bowl," he said.

"Anyone who enjoys what they do loves a challenge, and because of the scope and scale of what we're doing, this is that much more magnified of a challenge. But I'm totally up for it."

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