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More Cuts at ESPN

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Doc Holliday, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    What does that help? Certainly not the person looking for a job.

    Read this. It's from a blogger whom I'd never heard of before reading this.

  2. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    That's the best thing I've read this month.
  3. cisforkoke

    cisforkoke Well-Known Member

    And the second total.
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  4. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Jeezus, even your dog thinks you're an asshole ...

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  5. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    Plainly this is a case where it wasn't about an individual's work or relationships with middle management or anything you could pretend to have control over. This was a step below burning down the building for the fire insurance. No hiring manager with half a brain is going to hold it against a candidate that they were in the Great Purge of '17. Why get mad? There wasn't anything that could have been done at this stage.
  6. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Poetry coverage unaffected by the cuts:

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  7. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Well-Known Member

  8. cisforkoke

    cisforkoke Well-Known Member

    Those were some interesting poems. If I get really bored tomorrow, I'll try to Google the one that was taken down.
  9. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I'm not a hater in the least, but I was surprised BOTH Hasselbecks survived. I figured Tim got the gig initially in part because he was married to a host from The View, another ABC property. Of course, I imagine ESPN is valuing low-cost "innings-eaters" over high-dollar closers at this point.
    I guess I'm just surprised how many people who actually developed content as opposed to talking about the content were shown the door.
    Was the thinking that ESPN can mooch off other people's reporting and "own" the discussion? I don't know if they realize how much the rest of the industry relied on ESPN to develop content for other people to discuss.
  10. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    The only problems I have are a) ESPN is asking baseball to cover itself; and b) MLB is already doing some pregame shows for Fox when it actually shows a game. But MLB Network has a pretty high bar.
  11. UPChip

    UPChip Well-Known Member

    They ought to give this guy a medal for managing to have a take dumber than "Libtards had it comin'!"

    This column massive bites, whoaaaaa.

    Mildly curious as to who the "normal" is in that pic at the lower right. Maybe some "Medill-doe." (I believe that was one of her terms, right?)

    Gee, I can't think of any industry that's had problems with that strategy...

    They do have a talent for that. Elizabeth was my TV crush on that second season of Survivor, which turned out to be full of peaches. The guy who fell into the fire got busted for child porn a couple months ago AFTER the Survivor incident led him to start a ministry of some sort.
  12. Bamadog

    Bamadog Well-Known Member

    As someone who's been laid off twice in this bastard of a business, getting let go is like a punch to the gut that sucks all the air out of you. Since I put a lot of my self-worth into what I do and have done, it hurts even more. I feel bad for everyone let go, especially my friend David Ching, a great writer who worked his way up from a tiny, local newspaper to ESPN.

    As for the politics, I think that's a secondary issue. The cord-cutting and excessive spending on rights fees is why ESPN is in the pickle it is today. The rate they're bleeding subscribers is astoundingly high and is not sustainable.

    I've been trying to talk my wife into cutting the cord and I think I've convinced her since it's a huge expense and I'm not a big TV watcher anyhow. Besides, there are only a few shows I really like to watch and all are available either on streaming services or buying individual episodes for a nominal fee.

    I once watched ESPN obsessively, but as I've gotten farther away from sports, I found I really didn't care to watch a random NBA or MLB or even Thursday or Wednesday night college football game, even as background noise. I also don't like the move toward the screaming hosts and hot takes. Opinion has a place, but not to the exclusion of the broadcast of live sports events.
    If I want to hear that sort of bilge, I'll tune to the local sports radio station.
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