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SBD/May 9, 2013/Media
Influential College Basketball Writer Dick Weiss Among Layoffs At N.Y. Daily News
Published May 9, 2013
TWITTER LOVE: Many in the media took to Twitter in support of Weiss. ESPN's Jay Bilas wrote, "No writer is more ingrained in the game's fabric than Dick 'Hoops' Weiss. While some Tweet through games, he watches the games. Respect." Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel tweeted, "Can't imagine Daily News w/o Hoops Weiss. From first days in business to Sandusky trial last summer, learned a lot about reporting from him." CBS' Armen Keteyian: "Hoops Weiss, an institution with all the right principles. His work taught others how to report. Keen eye. Completely respected. Sad day." USA Today's Dan Wolken: "Trying to think of something original to say about Hoops Weiss, but my colleagues have covered it. Great guy, and truly an institution." ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach wrote, "After me grilling him for a week, Jim Harrick looked up and saw Hoops Weiss at presser. Then he was really worried. Sad day in journalism." CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd tweeted, "I'm a better person because Dick Weiss is a mentor and a friend. No finer person exists." CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman: "Sad to hear news Hoops Weiss is out at NYDN. Besides being a true CB expert, he's also a guy who treated young reporters like an old buddy." NFL.com's Adam Schein wrote, "Dick Weiss is a NY legend, an iconic journalist. And one of the nicest people in the business. So sad to read he is out at NYDN." The Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Bill Livingston posted, "Still trying to make sense of NYDN laying off one of most authoritative basketball writers in the country, my friend Dick Weiss.,Unreal."
HIESTAND SAYS GOODBYE: In this week's SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, John Ourand reports today is USA Today media columnist Michael Hiestand's "last day at the newspaper." Hiestand, who for 23 years wrote the paper's "influential sports TV column," is taking a "buyout that was offered to all long-term USA Today reporters and editors." He said of leaving, "It wasn't based on USA Today or any small details. I'm just ready to try new things" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 5/6 issue).