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Brings no nuance or insight to his coverage.

 

lol no need for nuance for a team that has been a national punchline for over 20 years.


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Getting paid to leave is even worse than getting fired. They were so bad, TBN paid them to go away.

 

I’d certainly rather be paid to leave somewhere, than be fired and not paid.


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That was almost exactly what I was gonna say. The "hack" part refers to the tone and writing etc... Anyone of us can write the way he does, and condescend to readers etc... I mean.. we rangers are all a bunch of hacks for the most part (myself included), but we are not journalists. You can cover bad teams and address weaknesses and faults without being rude and coming off as a jilted fan. Sully seems incapable of doing that. He is ultimately negative and a poor read. Brings no nuance or insight to his coverage.

 

Thanks man, you send it better than I. At the end of the day, there are a lot of hard working reporters/journalists that would have loved to be in Sully's position at the Buffalo News.


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They weren’t fired.

 

You don’t get large buyouts when you’re fired.

 

Really? Tell that to Jemele Hill or a multitude of CEOs.


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I’d certainly rather be paid to leave somewhere, than be fired and not paid.

 

Here's some reporting on it

 

Regarding the sports department, it appears there is more to the story than appeared at first glance. The obvious question was why the paper would encourage two of its most prominent personalities—Gleason and Sullivan (or simply Bucky and Sully, as they are known to many readers)—to leave?

 

According to one newsroom veteran, at least part of the decision was spurred by the failure of the paper’s BN Blitz mobile app—a subscription-based app covering the Buffalo Bills—to take off to the levels the paper hoped it would reach.

 

Management had tweets and emails from people saying they would never subscribe as long as Sullivan was writing for it and that he was too negative. The News caved. Under this reading, the logic is that, if Sullivan wasn’t blamed, that would leave management responsible for the app’s shortcomings.

 

But as newspeople, they know that for every person complaining about Sully, there were probably five more waiting to hear what he had to say after every Bills game and to either agree or disagree with it.

 

But there also seems to be a shortage of common sense at 1 News Plaza. Management was apparently caught off guard when Gleason also asked for a buyout after both columnists were told their columns were being done away with and they could move to enterprise/depth reporting.

 

Even though the jobs that the two were apparently being offered were ones many journalists would love to have, it flies in the face of human nature to expect them to see it as anything but a demotion—especially given that they had been encouraged to be strong voices for the paper for decades.

 

Its not clear to me exactly how it all went down because there is a union contract that prohibits termination of employees:

 

http://www.buffaloguild.org/2018/06/08/buyouts-result-in-painful-newsroom-losses/

 

So these guys apparently just read the tea leaves that it was better to take a buyout now and gtfo with some cash before the next contract started. dunno.

 

either way, ppl blaming sullivan for telling them how utterly shitty the bills have been for the past 20+ years is just shooting the messenger.


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Hill wasn't fired.

 

Try again.

 

Pure semantics buddy. Yes technically she wasn't "fired" but she was moved to a time slot with no viewers and then had her contract bought out. If that's not a nice way to fire someone you need to get with the times.

 

Jemele Hill is out at ESPN

 

Jemele Hill needed to be out at ESPN. Hill knew it. ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro knew it. And, now, Jemele Hill is out at ESPN.

 

The marriage between ESPN and Hill — the controversial sports commentator who waded into politics and sparred with President Donald Trump — has long been stuck in irreconcilable differences. Since leaving “SportsCenter” earlier this year, she has barely worked, making a divorce the obvious conclusion.

 

A buyout of her reported $2.5 million per year contract has been completed and her last day will be Friday, according to sources.

 

On Saturday night, the author James Miller, who wrote a book about ESPN, first tweeted the news of the breakup, calling it “amicable.” The timing, on a Saturday evening, was fortunate for Hill and ESPN in an attempt to lessen the news coverage of what had been a huge national story, both in politics and in sports. There had been rumblings last week of buyout talks between the two sides.

 

It is quite simple as to why the buyout happened: Hill wants to continue her involvement in politics, and ESPN wants out of politics.

 

Pitaro has made it clear ESPN is a sports network and does not want to be associated with politics, so he agreed to a buyout with Hill, according to sources. ESPN had no use for Hill on any of its programs after her ill-fated 6 p.m. “SportsCenter” with her former partner, Michael Smith, failed to deliver ratings. She first left Smith behind by quitting the show before the executive in charge of the program, Norby Williamson, had a chance to replace her. She would have been removed.

 

Nearly one year ago, on Sept. 11, 2017, Hill called Trump “a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself [with] other white supremacists.” Though it broke ESPN’s social media rules about commenting on politics unrelated to sports, then-network president John Skipper failed to suspend Hill. The White House called for Hill to be fired.

 

A little more than a month later, Skipper decided to suspend Hill after she criticized Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ anthem stance by tweeting, “Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers.” She was off television for two weeks. ESPN called it a second offense. Hill said she regretted that she had “painted ESPN in an unfair light.”

 

Pitaro recently said he thinks the biggest misperception of ESPN is that it is political, and now he is putting action behind his words. Though the network’s on-air programming is mostly apolitical, it is hard to ask viewers to disassociate stances they read on social media when ESPN personalities are on TV, radio or writing for its website.

 

Despite the company’s policy, Hill incessantly tweeted about politics, even as she barely contributed to the network’s content in recent months, save a few columns for ESPN’s Undefeated website and some guest appearances on shows.

 

Now, Hill likely will look to try to go further into politics. ESPN will continue to try to move further away from politics. She had a very loud career at ESPN, but it is ending — quietly.


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