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Did David Stern Persuade ESPN To Keep Stan Van Gundy Off NBA Pregame Show?
Published October 11, 2012
BACK STORY: NBA Senior VP/Marketing Communications Mike Bass said, “It was ESPN and ESPN alone that made any decisions about Stan Van Gundy” (THE DAILY). An ESPN spokesperson said, “We had discussions with Stan Van Gundy and were interested in a role for him at ESPN. Ultimately, we differed on potential assignments and we moved in another direction.” THE BIG LEAD's Jason McIntyre reported any "significant hires are discussed ... with the NBA," though ESPN "stopped short of using the word 'cleared.'" The spokesperson: "As you would expect, there is a constant two-way communication between media and league partners throughout our industry on various issues.” McIntyre noted Van Gundy's latest comments come after an appearance on Le Batard's show last month during which he was asked, "Who is the biggest dick in sports?" Van Gundy's "answer was, 'I'd say David Stern' followed by a huge pause 'well, just because he's David Stern,' before settling on the owner of the Marlins" (THEBIGLEAD.com, 10/10).