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Rick Reilly had $3.4 million reasons to leave SI for ESPN

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by DanOregon, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    It's gotta be nice to be a sportswriter and actually make more money than a few of the athletes you cover.

    http://www.alleyinsider.com/2007/12/how-to-make-money-in-old-media-stay-in-old-media.html
     
  2. jfs1000

    jfs1000 Member

    No journalist is worth that. None. Ernest Hemingway isn't worth that. Riles better have a book deal included and other revenue generating work. A strict contributer? Not worth. There is nothing he can write as a columnist that is worth that money.

    Maybe this will trickle down to us? Maybe sports journalists have arrived and eventually the salary structure will trickle down.

    I somehow doubt it.
     
  3. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Bill Simmons had a cold today.
     
  4. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    We need to have this discussion again?

    Who cares how much he's making?

    I'm glad for him. Hell, I hope to make that sort of money one day, though I'm doubting it.

    No need to begrudge him.

    Apparently ESPN thinks he is "worth it."
     
  5. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Once again, no relief pitcher (I'm looking at you, Eric Gange) is worth $10 million a year. But the free market allows for it. You're worth what people will pay. It's the backbone of economics.
     
  6. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Outstanding.
     
  7. I can say from personal experience on both sides of the question that a sudden bump in sportswriter salaries NEVER trickles down.
     
  8. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    I'm no Reilly fan. In fact I dislike his stuff and think he's an annoying, smarmy grandstander who phones it in most of the time.

    But sure he's worth it if ESPN believes he's worth it. And, no, it won't, nor should it, trickle down to anyone else. If his presence can drive subscriptions, he's worth every dime before he writes a paragraph. When you can move the needle you get paid, simple as that.
     
  9. Beach_Bum

    Beach_Bum Member

    If the ad next to his column sells for a million a week, you are getting a bargain on the guy.
    just sayin' ...
     
  10. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Now I know what kind of raise to ask for at my next evaluation.
     
  11. ondeadline

    ondeadline Active Member

    You are worth what someone is willing to pay. More power to him.
     
  12. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Everybody has a price -- now we know what Rick's price is.
     
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