It’s a very special, heart-warming edition of the Chicago Sports Media Watch interview series! Why? Because this one is VIDEO! That calls for ALL CAPS!
We also have a fantastic guest on today: Beth Long of Fox Sports, Fox Sports Next and the Chicago Sun-Times. See just how much more wonderful the CSMW interview becomes when it’s done via video instead of by email, over-the-phone or in person with recorded audio. Beth Long and I did this segment after the conclusion of Big Ten
football media day.
I think you can tell from the bags under my eyes that I did this on four hours sleep. But hey, like Ryan Lochte
famously told us “if you want to be a man at night, you’ve got to be a man in the morning.” And no, I have no clue what that means. Unlike Lochte, Long is a swimmer with an intellect, having competed on the Division I level. Also, she ran track for Syracuse and Gardner-Webb...
The “other” paper in town has apparently hired a national college football
and basketball writer.
Steve Greenberg announced on his Twitter
feed July 1 (Canada Day coincidentally) that he was joining the Chicago Sun-Times as its national college sports writer and he also Tweeted that he’ll be covering Illinois
. He received the usual slap-on-the-back-welcome-aboard-so-nice-to-have-you-around type tweets from a bunch of his followers as a result.
So this must mean that Herb Gould, the paper’s national college writer and Illinois
beat writer, is gone. Rumors have been circulating for weeks that Herb Gould was going to retire, but nothing was made official — until now, I presume. I cover the Illini regularly, and I've heard whispers about Gould riding off into the sunset from other Illinois beat writers for months.
Now it's official, so I can publish it...
owner Rocky Wirtz
has done a tremendous job turning around his hockey
franchise. Yes, he says they’re still not turning a profit
, but their rise from obscurity to local front-runner franchise is quite astounding. How many of you were actually Blackhawks
fans in 2008? Wirtz has increased revenue, visibility and interest remarkably these past five years.
As a Chicago Sun-Times investor, can Rocky Wirtz
do a similar job with the newspaper?
The Sun-Times Guild is taking action Saturday night at Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in hopes that he will. The Guild, along with volunteers of Firefighters Union Local 2, will be leafleting outside the United Center between 6:15 and 7:15 p.m.
The protestors want Rocky Wirtz
to convince Michael Ferro and Tim Knight to rehire all the fired and award winning Sun-Times photographers, and sign a fair contract with the Guild to restore wages and working conditions for professional journalists who care about journalistic integrity.
I talked with Chicago Newspaper Guild spokesperson Craig Rosenbaum last night...
Disgruntled former Chicago Sun-Times writer Jim O’Donnell
publicly tweeted that Chicago Bears
beat writer Sean Jensen has parted ways with the Sun-Times.
The last time we saw the byline of Sean Jensen in the paper was late April.
The Twitter account of Sean Jensen has been quiet the past couple days and he hasn't tweeted anything Sun-Times related this month...
Chicago Sun-Times Editor Chris De Luca certainly has some enemies in this town. He’s publicly feuded with Teddy Greenstein
of the Chicago Tribune. Former Sun-Times writer Jim O’Donnell seems to have a very bitter resentment for De Luca.
O’Donnell has been extremely vitriolic and bitter towards De Luca on Twitter. O’Donnell has attacked De Luca both personally and professionally. He often invokes the current NBA
Playoff futility of the Chicago Bulls
, analogizing their incompetence to that of Chris De Luca.
This is epic. These tweets are melt down level material. Chris De Luca has not tweeted any responses to this.
He appears to be taking the high road. Which is probably the right way to go.
Neil Hayes is leaving the Chicago Sun-Times. That makes it five Northwestern beat writers
in five seasons for the Chicago Sun-Times: Jim O'Donnell, Steve Tucker, Tina Akouris (interview exclusive here
), Neil Hayes, and whoever replaces him.
So S-T reporters covering NU
is kind of like of Chicago Bears QBs
in the 1990s and 2000; there's a substantial amount of turnover...
No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke- the idea of one print voice for 3 million people.
The Chicago Sun-Times parent company Wrapports LLC is supposedly interested in purchasing the Tribune Company
. This, despite the fact that they have not turned a profit
in the 15 months Michael Ferro has been in charge. So this purchase, really an expansion, could happen despite the realities the Sun-Times publications are facing: offices closing, shrinking revenues, decreasing circulation, an unresolved union contract and lay-offs.
Sun-Times Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk's previous job was at
Crain’s. Maybe he used his connections there to plant these stories in Crain’s? In order to boost morale for his ailing paper?
When the suburban offices announced that they were closing, about a week before Christmas, Kirk said then there would be no more layoffs. Then in January, a member of upper level management within the organization went to one of the suburban offices and said the closing of the buildings (in Glenview, Merrillville, Joliet, Tinley Park, Waukegan and Aurora) had nothing to do with potential future layoffs; a source told me.
Therefore, the news of March 15th came as quite a surprise. The Ides of March were cutthroat for numerous Sun-Times staffers including Southtown sports editor Phil Arvia. A veteran of 25 years, he covered the Chicago White Sox
and holds a MLB
Hall of Fame vote. For the full list of lay-offs go here.
After the March 15th cuts were made, my source told me that Kirk had a meeting in the Sun-Times news room and said:
1.) the company isn’t making money
2.) no further detail about the lay-offs...
Jay Mariotti is probably the most polarizing man in the history of Chicago sports media
and quite possibly the most hated in all of the national sports media
. He comes off especially pompous on his Twitter account, where he follows nobody. He’s like the Eminem of sports media
- he’s had a feud with everyone. Mariotti has had a tiff with former Chicago White Sox
manager Ozzie Guillen
, his former employer the Chicago Sun-Times, King of all sports blogs Deadspin, and many others.
The Sun-Times move of partnering with new upstart website ChicagoSide has rekindled the war of words between Mariotti and the second city’s second newspaper...
So the Chicago Sun-Times editors decided to have Trey Ferro, son of the newspaper’s owner Michael Ferro, as the “game face” for an edition. How classy, genuine, meritocratic and not at all pandering to nepotism! The Ferro family attended a Chicago Cubs
home game and the photo above was taken with Cubs
chairman Tom Ricketts up in the Wrigley Field scoreboard. Awwwww, what a cute power couple they make!
Maybe it’s not the editors of the Sun-Times who are to blame for “the Bright One” looking like a family newsletter or a family photo share on a Facebook page? (Funny, I thought it was actually a big city high circulation newspaper?) Maybe it’s the S-T chairman himself who is responsible for this embarrassment on numerous levels?
I’ll let Robert Feder from Time Out Chicago explain:
Welcome to our exclusive with Sun Times Media NASCAR
and auto racing
reporter Tina Akouris. Let’s jump right in.
PMB: You’ve covered a lot of events and accomplished a lot in your career, what were some of the highlights...