Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Two years ago ESPN cut several hundred behind the scenes jobs to save hundreds of millions of dollars in yearly costs. Since that time ESPN’s subscriber losses have accelerated, averaging over three million lost subscribers a year. Now new jobs cuts are coming, only this time you’re likely to know some of the casualties—Outkick has heard from a variety of different sources that ESPN is cutting up to $100 million in on-air salaries.
Yep, on air. This means you’re going to know many of the people leaving the network.
The cuts will come via buyouts and expiring contracts that won’t be renewed and when those layoffs start becoming apparent many will recognize that what Outkick has been writing for a couple of years now—ESPN is in a world of trouble and doesn’t know how to stem a rapidly collapsing business model.
ESPN’s collapse is the biggest story in sports yet most still haven’t realized it.
That business collapse at ESPN has caused a panic at the network, a desperate grab for relevance that has led to a pronounced leftward move. ESPN’s trying desperately to stay relevant as ratings collapse and subscribers flee. The decision? “We’ll be MSESPN, the home for far left wing politics and sports!” Only, it’s not working.
Monday, February 13, 2017
John Kruk isn’t going to hold back on Comcast SportsNet.
The Phillies and CSN introduced Kruk as the newest member of their broadcast team Tuesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, and Kruk entertained during the nearly 15-minute news conference. Kruk, who sources said signed a 5-year contract, will work between 80-90 games as an analyst this season. Ben Davis will work the remaining 70-80, and Mike Schmidt will work with Kruk or Davis during weekend games in Philadelphia.
“It’s going to be a long year for you, pal,” Kruk said to play-by-play announcer Tom McCarthy.
Kruk worked as an analyst with CSN in 2003 before spending 12 years at ESPN. He left the network last summer, which had many thinking Kruk could join the Phillies’ broadcast crew at some point. In fact, Kruk said he and the Phillies had been talking about a possible reunion for a few years.
Saturday, February 04, 2017
Beer, is there anything it can’t do?
Anheuser-Busch led a major offensive to boost Budweiser’s presence in the Chicago market. How did they accomplish that? By being a major sponsor of Cubs broadcasts on WGN-TV and enlisting Harry Caray in the marketing efforts. When WGN-TV started broadcasts Cubs games nationally on cable, Wrigley Field was presented as a sun-drenched nirvana, paving the way for the party atmosphere that exists today. Producer Arne Harris never missed a chance to show an attractive young woman in the bleachers drinking a Bud—shots always appreciated by Caray. Today, Budweiser is the major beer sponsor for Wrigley Field.
RTFA and you’ll really want a cold one. Lots of beer and some old-time photos at the link.
The Yankee Clapper
Posted: February 04, 2017 at 02:30 AM | 41 comment(s)
Friday, November 11, 2016
Slow baseball news week, so let’s chat with Joe Buck. He’s on the show to plug a book, but I found this interesting to watch. I’ve never really seen Buck outside of his solemn game announcing duty mode. He’s actually quite a bit more lively and personable and wisecracking than you might expect. (His voice is still grating, though.)
Karl from NY
Posted: November 11, 2016 at 11:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
Thursday, November 03, 2016
”Vin and I made plans in the spring of ’66 to have dinner when we later had the Dodgers on our broadcast schedule,” Gowdy remembered pensively. “As our date approached, I called Vin to finalize details and he abruptly told me that dinner was off. He had apparently found out that if the Dodgers win, his television role would be reduced. He was obviously not happy about the decision.
“I was surprised by Vin’s reaction but understood it. Heck, the World Series was then sports’ brightest stage and Scully’s role was being halved on television.”
Now that Vin has retired all the skeletons are coming out of the closet, eh?
Thursday, October 06, 2016
What Marlow said was stupid. I don’t agree, however, with the idea that any non-specific criticism should be automatically painted as misogynistic. The writer’s decision to paint her detractors with a broad brush as a response undercuts his argument.
But Marlow’s criticism follows the same tired trend we always see with Mendoza. It’s never specific, and it’s more about the fact that she’s a woman than anything else. It’s never anything like, “I wish her hitting breakdowns were more ____,” or “she could really benefit from a partner who ____.” It’s mostly just general, “I don’t like her” complaints that hint at misogyny. In this case, there’s no hinting.
Posted: October 06, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 65 comment(s)
Monday, October 03, 2016
Well worth a listen.
Back in July of 2012, Hugh had the opportunity to spend an hour with the broadcast legend who is calling it a career after 67 years today.
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