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ESPN Execs Go All Hands On Deck For Smith's Apology, But Did They Do Enough?
Published July 29, 2014
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OUT OF HIS ELEMENT? The GLOBE & MAIL's Cathal Kelly writes in a pre-Internet age, Smith's comments "might not even have registered." That "one stray thought was lost in an incoherent blizzard of verbiage." But in "consistently raising the temperature around hot-button issues, ESPN has invited a strict, line-by-line policing of some of their host’s statements." This "doesn’t show that Stephen A. Smith is an enemy of women." Rather, it is "proof that he's paid to do something he’s not particularly good at -- debate serious, incendiary social issues in a decidedly unserious forum" (GLOBE & MAIL, 7/29).
RADIO DAZE: RADIO INK reported Smith "will be getting his own show on SiriusXM," but while reports from over the weekend had him joining Mad Dog Radio, the show "will be an extension of ESPN." Smith will "continue to be an employee of ESPN and his new national show will be produced by ESPN." The show, which is "expected to launch some time after Labor Day," will distributed by Mad Dog Radio. Smith will "continue to appear" on ESPN radio and TV shows (RADIOINK.com, 7/28).