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Saturday, February 07, 2009

ESPN Is Giving Scott Van Pelt Some Quiet Time

Last week, ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt hammered Bud Selig about the MLB Commissioner’s $18.5 million salary.A little too much, apparently: SVP was suspended from his radio show on Monday, according to multiple WWL sources.

Van Pelt declined to comment on the incident, passing it along to ESPN media relations, who “do not comment about personnel decisions.” The story, passed along through several people, was that Van Pelt’s rant about Selig was “too personal” for some of the ESPN bosses — comments about his slovenly appearance, something about a “pimp cup” — which led to the suspension. Van Pelt, reportedly on his own volition, called Selig to apologize and was in agreement that his statements were a little harsh.

Crashburn Alley Posted: February 07, 2009 at 07:49 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: announcers, business, media, teams, television

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   1. Anthony Giacalone Posted: February 07, 2009 at 09:42 PM (#3070692)
Well, this is a first for ESPN . . . . wait, not it's not. Oh, right, it happens every time one of ESPN's big clients might be offended by ESPN's sports "news" coverage.
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 07, 2009 at 09:44 PM (#3070693)
"statements about Bud Selig"

"a little harsh"

sorry--mutually exclusive concepts
   3. ST in VA Posted: February 07, 2009 at 09:46 PM (#3070696)
This is disappointing. The Tirico/Van Pelt Show and SVP show are generally very boring and edgeless, which their ratings will confirm. ESPN needs to figure out that talk radio requires at least a little bit of edge and controversy to succeed.

On the same note, I'm still bitter than they canceled the (fictional) show Playmakers due to the NFL complaining.
   4. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: February 07, 2009 at 10:00 PM (#3070705)
Not really a story. Edgy is fine and maybe ESPN could use some more of it; I don't really think so, if only because ESPN would be near-guaranteed to screw it up. But more importantly, insulting the Big Boss of one of your most important business partners is definitely not kosher.
   5. karkface killah Posted: February 08, 2009 at 06:43 AM (#3070979)
I believe he refers to himself as SVP. Very white bread.

Always happy to inject himself into his story. Good riddance.
   6. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: February 08, 2009 at 11:44 AM (#3071014)
Don't worry, one of the other Van Pelts can fill in...
   7. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 08, 2009 at 11:48 AM (#3071016)
Baseball needs a fussbudget cap.

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