Comcast SportsNet reporter Brian Jackson wants your vote—but it’s not for political office. He’s running for Cosmopolitan magazine’s Bachelor of the Year 2012, a nomination that so far has gotten him a lot of ribbing from colleagues but, if he wins, will bag him a cool $10,000 (and, we assume, more ribbing). Jackson, who lives in Brookland, is one of 52 nominees from across the country. Online voting ends next Thursday, October 18, at 6 AM, narrowing the field down to ten. There will be a party that night in New York City, and Cosmopolitan will choose the ultimate winner.
“A friend of mine nominated me,” Jackson says. The friend, Sharmaine Harrison, went to school with him at Howard University. Jackson graduated in 2006, Harrison in 2010, and he will stay with her when he goes to New York City, but he wants you to know they are not an item. In fact, it’s against the rules of the contest to be an item with anyone. “You can’t have a girlfriend,” he says. “Cosmopolitan asks you a million times, ‘Are you sure you don’t have a girlfriend?’”
So naturally, we asked, is he sure he doesn’t have a girlfriend? “I’m positive. I don’t have a girlfriend!”
Jackson has been with CSN for six years. He says though he covers a lot of different sports, his favorite is basketball, particularly the NBA. What does he expect from the Wizards in the upcoming season? “That depends on how healthy John Wall is. If he’s as healthy as he should be, they can compete for the seventh or eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.” Of Washington’s current hot teams, the Nationals and the Redskins, does he have a favorite? “I’m actually from Chicago. I’m a die-hard Chicago sports fan, but I am a member of the media and I’m supposed to keep my feelings out of it.”
His career goal is to end up with NBA TV, but he figures it will take a couple of years working on-air in a smaller market, possibly St. Louis or Cincinnati, to get the increased exposure needed to rise to the network level. He sees winning the Bachelor of Year as a means of getting some helpful publicity. We wondered, though, what he would do with the money. Showing notable wisdom for a 28-year-old, Jackson says, “I’ll pay off my credit card.”
To see all the nominees and/or vote for Jackson, visit Cosmopolitan’s website.