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SBD/Issue 49/Sports Media
People & Personalities: Longtime SI Scribe McCallum Takes Buyout
Published November 21, 2008
ESPN.com's Henry Abbott reports Sports Illustrated NBA writer Jack McCallum "has accepted a buyout" from the magazine after 27 years with the publication. McCallum: "Whenever anybody 'takes a buyout,' it sounds like code for being pushed out the door. But that isn't the case. It was just the right time for me." McCallum added he would still contribute to the magazine on occasion (ESPN.com, 11/21)....Chicago Tribune sports columnist Mike Downey is leaving the paper after five years (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/21).
Writer Thinks Knight Should Wear Suit
And "Pay Attention To The Discussion"
STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE: MLB Net analyst Joe Magrane, who this week signed with the net after 11 seasons as the Rays' TV analyst, said his responsibilities will range from doing "some studio analyst work to doing work with the World Baseball Classic." When asked about MLB Net's other hires, Magrane, a former MLBer, said, "There are one or two names that I either have worked with or played with, and it certainly makes it more attractive to know how much of a commitment is going into this." Magrane added he was "completely happy" working with the Rays, but "this was a new challenge. I thought it was a ... leap of faith worth taking" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 11/21).
Mendoza To Serve As Sideline Reporter
During Cal-Stanford Football Game
LOSING HIS VOICE: In St. Louis, Dan Caesar reports KFNS-AM has suspended sports personality Bob Ramsey, with pay, for "possible breach of contract." Ramsey's contract with the station runs through the end of the year, but he is announcing St. Louis Univ. men's basketball games for WMVN-FM. WMVN in January plans to begin a sports-talk format in partnership with KSLG-AM, and Ramsey is "said to be in line to become" one of the station's hosts. KFNS Program Dir Dave Greene: "Bob will not be back on the air with us. Period. In all of my years I have never dealt with a situation that has been handled more unprofessionally than the way Bob went about this" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 11/21).