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Saturday, December 03, 2011

Heyman leaving SI for CBS Sports

CBS = The Boras Network?

Jon Heyman, who has been breaking baseball news at Sports Illustrated for the last five years, is leaving SI for CBS Sports, The Big Lead has learned.

Mike Emeigh Posted: December 03, 2011 at 05:19 PM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bob Evans Posted: December 03, 2011 at 08:03 PM (#4005861)
In other news, CBS still exists.
   2. 1k5v3L Posted: December 03, 2011 at 08:18 PM (#4005877)
Maybe SI will use this opportunity to hire a competent baseball writer.
   3. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: December 03, 2011 at 08:21 PM (#4005886)
In other news, CBS still exists.

CBS seems to be doing really, really well but I can't remember the last time I consumed any of their product knowingly.
   4. Bob Tufts Posted: December 03, 2011 at 08:29 PM (#4005895)
I'm in favor of salary caps and restrictions on movement for sportswriters - and a CBS wide cap on total sports commentator's payroll.
   5. Stormy JE wants to milk the soft power dividend Posted: December 03, 2011 at 08:34 PM (#4005900)
How strange is it that Heyman didn't break the story? I guess Boras isn't his agent.
   6. Bob Tufts Posted: December 03, 2011 at 09:11 PM (#4005927)
How strange is it that Heyman didn't break the story?


I guess Jon didn't trust the source.
   7. Gamingboy Posted: December 03, 2011 at 09:43 PM (#4005949)
Weird that CBS is getting such a established mainstream media baseball guy, as they don't have baseball on TV*. I got to admit, I don't think I can remember the last time I went to CBSsports.com to look for baseball news. And for all the gruff I've given Heyman in the past, he does a good job most of the time.


*Although I do seem to remember that they may be trying to make their newish CBS Sports Network more national by snagging some big stuff beyond the College Sports things they gave, so maybe this is a indication that CBS will try to make a run at some MLB rights next time, or at least have a counterpart to MLB Tonight and Baseball Tonight.
   8. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: December 03, 2011 at 10:20 PM (#4005981)
So many people get their news through links, aggregators and other sources these days I think it makes sense for CBS to hire a guy like Heyman. Say what you will about him but he certainly generates a lot of links with his sources. If I'm runnings CBSSports.com it is tough to get someone who will make someone seek out my site but a guy like Heyman is going to generate a secondary click thru that for my purposes is just as good.
   9. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: December 03, 2011 at 10:22 PM (#4005982)
CBS seems to be doing really, really well but I can't remember the last time I consumed any of their product knowingly.


Just sports or in general? They don't have any sports I care about but their programming seems to be doing pretty well. Whether it is good or not I'll leave to you but I'm pretty sure they are the highest rated of the broadcast networks.
   10. Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: December 04, 2011 at 12:43 AM (#4006131)
Whether it is good or not I'll leave to you but I'm pretty sure they are the highest rated of the broadcast networks.


Right, that's the thing, they always get very high aggregate numbers but nobody I know actively watches their shows. Of course, I am 31, so that is likely the issue.
   11. CFBF Rides The Zombie Ice Dragon Posted: December 04, 2011 at 02:10 AM (#4006178)
I'm a big fan of "How I Met Your Mother." Other than that, I don't really watch anything but sports on CBS. If "2 Broke Girls" seemed even a tiny bit decent I'd watch that just as an excuse to look at Kat Dennings.
   12. cardsfanboy Posted: December 04, 2011 at 03:02 AM (#4006203)
Right, that's the thing, they always get very high aggregate numbers but nobody I know actively watches their shows. Of course, I am 31, so that is likely the issue.


NCIS? NCIS:Los Angeles, Big Bang Theory, How I met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, CSI series, Survivor, .... and you know no one who watches any of those shows? Even Hawaii Five Oh and Criminal minds do pretty well.
   13. Tripon Posted: December 04, 2011 at 03:12 AM (#4006205)
Jon Heyman still works for the MLB network for TV. I assume that this only covers his print/web stories.
   14. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 04, 2011 at 03:39 AM (#4006232)
Is there no loyalty in sports anymore? Sportswriters just jumping from team to team, chasing the dollars - its dizzying for readers!
   15. Repoz Posted: December 04, 2011 at 04:47 AM (#4006292)
Hopefully Heyman will just be an add-on at CBS and won't affect Scott Miller's (big Primer fan) gig.

Knobler...meh. (Hi Dan!)
   16. Something Other Posted: December 04, 2011 at 09:35 AM (#4006427)
Is this the Heyman (and I thought it was Heynman) who wrote for the old Baseball Weekly? That guy was awful.
   17. Greg K Posted: December 04, 2011 at 11:03 AM (#4006434)
NCIS? NCIS:Los Angeles, Big Bang Theory, How I met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, CSI series, Survivor, .... and you know no one who watches any of those shows?

My brother watches Big Bang Theory. I think my dad has a friend who once mentioned watching Two and Half Men...
I watched the first couple Survivors!

I'm not sure I know what NCIS is. Is that one show, or does a show I've never heard of ALREADY have a spin-off show? And Hawaii Five-O is on again?

Man, I thought I watched too much TV, but apparently I'm not watching enough. I guess now that you can watch TV online or through DVDs (which is how I normally watch shows) you avoid the old TV through osmosis thing. I remember when I was a kid I knew the whole NBC lineup off by heart because they had Seinfeld, which I couldn't avoid watching without being innundated with pleas for me to watch their other fine programming (which as a dutiful viewer I did).
   18. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: December 04, 2011 at 01:18 PM (#4006442)
NCIS has been on the air for nine years. It's a spin off of JAG and has indeed spawned a spin off in the form of NCIS Los Angeles. (if you can't tell I'm a fan).
   19. jmp Posted: December 04, 2011 at 04:03 PM (#4006498)
It seems NCIS became more popular after USA started showing it in syndication. I don't recall it being advertised as a #1 show before then.
   20. NJ in NY (Now with Baby!) Posted: December 04, 2011 at 04:16 PM (#4006507)
I know OF these various CBS shows but I have never watched a single second of any of them and don't know anyone who watches them. However, that's probably a demographic thing. My friend who works in ad pricing tells me that CBS dominates in ratings by sucking in the older crowd.
   21. Greg K Posted: December 04, 2011 at 04:21 PM (#4006510)
I knew the whole NBC lineup off by heart because they had Seinfeld, which I couldn't avoid watching without being innundated with pleas for me to watch their other fine programming

I just realized this makes no sense. It precisely when I avoided watching Seinfeld that I wasn't seeing all those NBC ads. Also it makes no sense for anyone to be AVOIDING watching Seinfeld. Sheesh.


Edited to actually make sense again. Brain tired.
   22. The District Attorney Posted: December 04, 2011 at 06:00 PM (#4006583)
NCIS has been on the air for nine years. It's a spin off of JAG and has indeed spawned a spin off in the form of NCIS Los Angeles..
And JAG was on the air for ten years. No, seriously, this is all true.

My friend who works in ad pricing tells me that CBS dominates in ratings by sucking in the older crowd.
... whom advertisers don't care about.
   23. GGC Posted: December 04, 2011 at 06:13 PM (#4006595)
I'm really enamored with Person of Interest. I never get into these long story arc shows at the beginning. (I'm hoping they have more episodes about Elias.) but I'm holding out hope for this one. Between Nolan and the guy from Lost, the creators have a good pedigree.

The Mentalist is okay sometimes; albeit uneven. Patrick Jane sometimes reminds me of Jim Rockford.

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