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ESPN pay cuts?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Azrael, Apr 13, 2020.

  1. BYH 2: Electric Boogaloo

    BYH 2: Electric Boogaloo Well-Known Member

    Much like Howard Stern. Making boatloads of money, but he's no longer the It guy. Mad Dog Russo had to navigate his way back to spots on ESPN & MLB Network to find the audience he lost when he went satellite.
  2. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    I don't think that Steven A. is all that comparable to Stern, who essentially had to fight hard to build his audience. I think he's more like a Tucker Carlson, who got to benefit from an initial huge platform and user base. I think he quickly becomes irrelevant once he leaves ESPN. It's not like he's some Simmons or LeBatard type that's shown a ton of interest in building up a vertical.
    Fdufta and 2muchcoffeeman like this.
  3. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I think Stephen A needs ESPN as much as ESPN needs him. He's a 24/7, 365 pot-stirrer. Hell, ESPN shows clips of him entering the building for NBA playoff games. Is he a journalist? Not really, but he represents the average fan, he provides a narrative to the network, a guide for what sports fans should be interested in. He's probably the "one" common thread that runs through all of the network's offerings. Which IS really important.
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  4. Readallover

    Readallover Active Member

  5. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    I got real excited until I got to this part ...

  6. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

  7. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Is Joe Tessitore "elite?" Really?
    MileHigh likes this.
  8. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    So "elite" that he only lasted one season on Monday Night Football.
  9. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    Had trouble making it past the "Star announcer" reference in the headline.
  10. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Don't drag me but I don't hate him on college football. He's a goofball but kinda fits there. Not quite as obnoxious as Gus Johnson (how's that for a low bar). Definitely no good on MNF.
  11. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I’m with you. Doesn’t bother me at all. Plus my wife and I will laugh until we’re in tears every time they show him on camera - his “who farted?” expression on his face is fantastic. She knows him only as Fartface.
    BitterYoungMatador2 likes this.
  12. Shelbyville Manhattan

    Shelbyville Manhattan Well-Known Member

    And he's a primary reason why I no longer watch non-game programming on ESPN. His volume and inflections make me think I'm watching an infomercial with Tony Little or Andrew Lesko, circa 1997 or so. I hate the FS1 chatterboxes for the same reason, but Stephen A. Smith seems to know only one volume.

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