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This Week's Newsmakers
Published January 7, 2011
THE DAILY each Friday offers our take on the performances over the past week of people and entities in sports business. Here are this week's newsmakers:
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LOSE: RON FRANKLIN -- The longtime ESPN college football radio voice is terminated following inappropriate comments made to colleague JEANNINE EDWARDS prior to last weekend's Chick-fil-a Bowl. Franklin had been a fixture of ESPN's radio telecasts since '87, but this marked his second run-in with a female co-worker after an '05 incident with sideline reporter HOLLY ROWE. With the company seeking to dispel perceptions of a "boys-will-be-boys" workplace attitude, execs in Bristol make the correct call in ending their association with Franklin.
DRAW: JERRY RICHARDSON -- Not a great week for the Big Cat. He loses a chance to draft ANDREW LUCK and holds his first press conference in nine years before a market eager to hear from him, but he fails to deliver or ease an anxious fan base. Local media pan the performance, with one columnist writing he was “condescending and he was certainly patronizing toward women among his questioners.” Another influential columnist said he came across “as irritable, cheap, confused, obstinate and a bit of a bully.” Ouch. But Richardson rebounds with a phone call to one of the writers and apologizes for coming across that way and stresses changes to the organization.