After two decades at the Indianapolis Star, sports reporter and videographer Phillip B. Wilson is embarking on a new venture. And he’s hoping Indy sports fans will join him.
“It was emotional. It was much more difficult than I thought it would be. You wonder for two months whether you could walk away from 20 years at the Star. In the end, I think I wanted a chance to just do my own thing and I thought I wasn’t getting my voice out there.” -Phillip B. Wilson
Wilson is starting up a Colts and a Pacers page at Scout.com, where he’ll have the opportunity to cover the local teams along with the freedom to do it his way. Part of Wilson’s appeal (or “Phil B” as he’s known to fans) is that he views himself as a voice for the fans. And he says he’d rather answer to them than someone looking to turn a profit. Ultimately, it will be the fans that determine his success.
“I’ve got a two-year deal with a third year option and if enough people don’t support it, then it’ll go away. But I guarantee you in the time that I’m doing it, the fans are going to love what I do because I’ve got a lot of ideas and I’ve got the freedom to explore and I have an open mind.”
Growing up in Northwest Ohio, Wilson was a fan of many teams. He says he had to put aside his fan side when he started covering sports, but he hasn’t forgotten what it’s like to be a fan.
“You remember The Immaculate Reception, the minute Franco caught the pass. You remember the Steelers winning Super Bowls. I rooted for the Steelers, I rooted for the Cincinnati Reds, I rooted for the Ohio State Buckeyes, I rooted for the Los Angeles Lakers because I thought Magic Johnson was personality plus. And above all, I rooted for the Detroit Red Wings too. I’m still a hockey fan to this day.”
Wilson can also relate to the real (and sometimes raw) emotions fans feel while watching their teams and says it’s a reflection of how much they care and how much they have invested.
“I think for a lot of people, we identify with the wide receiver over there or the quarterback, or we want that player to succeed. We want to feel like we’re part of something bigger than ourselves.”
And in the end, that’s what it’s all about: wanting to be inspired, capturing something that’s bigger than yourself, and delivering it to a grateful audience.
“I’ve had people say to me, ‘You make me a better fan.’ What else could I ask?”
You can find Phillip B. Wilson at ind.scout.com and subscribe to his site, which grants you access to everything on Scout, including his Pacers page which is in development.
I’ll be checking in with Phil B. from time to time to deliver a woman’s perspective on some of our favorite stories. Because with so many passionate female fans, Indianapolis sports is no longer a man’s world.
And Phillip B. Wilson will be the first to tell you that.
Good luck, Phil B!