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SBD/July 18, 2012/Media
Published July 18, 2012
THANKS, BUT NO THANKS: In N.Y., Keith Kelly reports SI Group Editor Terry McDonell is "expected to reveal to staffers by tomorrow that the buyout offer did not yield enough volunteers, forcing a number of involuntary cuts" to take place. McDonell's restructuring plan "aims at saving about $3 million in costs -- and a dozen people or more could lose their jobs." A source said that only "about nine people stepped forward to take a voluntary buyout package" (N.Y. POST, 7/18).
NEXT UP: In Indiana, Robert Howard noted NFLer Antwaan Randle El last Friday "officially announced his retirement." Randle El "will be working with the Big Ten Network in the fall as both a color analyst on the football field and in the studio." He also will "work on BTN's 'The Next Level' and will assist with" the Redskins preseason games as an analyst (TIMES OF NORTHWEST INDIANA, 7/14).
NEW ADDITION: Gabriele Marcotti is joining ESPN as a writer and analyst for the net's soccer coverage on TV and ESPNFC, a new multi-language, multi-country brand (ESPN). BROADCASTING & CABLE's Tim Baysinger noted Marcotti will "appear regularly on 'Press Pass,' the network's online soccer discussion show" (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 7/16).