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Dick "Hoops" Weiss among layoff victims at New York Daily News

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by silvercharm, May 8, 2013.

  1. silvercharm

    silvercharm Member

    Obviously, there have been a lot of newspaper layoffs during the past five years. Has there been a bigger name than Weiss, though? I'm sure there has, I just can't think of one off the top of my head.

    As many have said on Twitter today, if a newspaper can layoff Dick, it can layoff anyone. Tough day.
  2. linotype

    linotype Well-Known Member

    There certainly haven't been bigger manes on the top of HIS head.

    But in all seriousness, a damn shame. Love, love, LOVE Hoops. Great guy. If Hoops can get the gate, what hope do the rest of us have?
  3. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Weiss is a good guy. And a better person.
  4. gingerbread

    gingerbread Well-Known Member

    As noted elsewhere by a mutual colleague, Dick made a lot of deadlines, sold a lot of papers. I'd add: he mentored a hell of a lot of people (including me when I came from Australia and had to be caught up on the college bball scene), broke plenty of national stories, had a rolodex (or whatever) thicker than any playbook and is the nicest guy you'll ever meet on the beat.
    (He's an even nicer person, even nicer than Isola #crossthread :) )
    My heart hurts after hearing about this.
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Wow. Few things in this business stun me anymore. This is one of them.
  6. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    As a subscriber to Basketball Times I enjoyed Weiss's work and never want to see anyone lose a job. But how many national college basketball writers are left at a daily paper? More than five?
  7. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    This is just ridiculous. We have a nationally regarded expert doing stuff people can't get from our competitors. Let's get rid of him!
  8. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    My association with the Hoopster goes way back. His departure is a tremendous loss for this industry. I know he'll be back. And gingerbread is right, he is nicer than Isola. :)
  9. GuessWho

    GuessWho Active Member

    Doubt there's anyone who has as many friends in the business as Hoops. Or as many sources and connections. Really sorry to hear this but am sure we haven't seen the last of him.
  10. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    And then they want everyone to brainstorm about how to stop circulation from falling and to get more web clicks.
  11. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Yeah, he bought drinks for your table that time. Let's see, it was you and Jim Murray, and Keith Jackson, and Will McDonough, and John Wooden, and of course Boomer was there with Leather.
  12. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Riptide, I worked with this man when your candy ass was learning the alphabet. Stop trolling. Please.
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