Bill Simmons Twitter suspension, First Take, ESPN and more – WFNY Podcast – 2013-03-15

WFNY Podcast LogoScott and I decided to talk about the Bill Simmons twitter suspension and ESPN’s lack of comment on it. Not necessarily the normal topic of conversation on the site, but one that we both cared to touch on.

Here’s what else we talked about that I can remember…

  • First Take and the battle of Richard Sherman and Skip Bayless
  • Skip Bayless’ history as a journalist
  • Stephen A. Smith staying out of trouble
  • Rob Parker getting “fired” from ESPN over RG3 comments
  • Numbers Never Lie
  • ESPN as a behemoth corporation that has no singular editorial voice
  • Grantland and how it kind of lives on an island
  • Chris Fedor and his new gig at 92.3 The Fan
  • How hard it is for radio guys to fill four hours and not be hated
  • People taking media personalities too seriously
  • People are humans who should have beers together

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  • mgbode

    can he also be suspended from talking about NBA games with Magic?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Like I’ve said ESPN is the worst for the NBA whether it’s that awful group doing the pregame to actual in game announcers. To make matters worse they carry over to ABC games on Sunday. The only saviors are Hubie Brown and Mike Tirico.

    As far as Simmons goes, Y-U-C-K he should stick to writing and get off of television. Add in Jalen Rose and we are talking bleeding ears material.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    P.S. I saw much of the exchange between Sherman and Bayless in a YouTube clip and loved every second of it. I loved it because it was two loudmouths going at it. Sherman is in his own league and we all know about Bayless but for me it was just great to sit back, watch and listen as they carved each other up. The ironic thing was Steven A. Smith was in the same interview in a split screen and he was left to just sit and watch as well.

  • Steve

    I don’t know why, but that format has to be working. A bunch of idiots sitting around yucking it up is the pre-game format for the NFL, NBA, and MLB. I can’t believe they’re all wrong from a business standpoint.

  • mgbode

    it obviously gets good enough ratings. that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good nor does it mean that something else couldn’t get better ratings (networks tend to shy away from new things as they are scared they won’t work)

  • Steve

    Good ratings means the show is doing a good job. And sure something else could get better ratings, but higher quality analysis probably isn’t that something else.

    Just last month, ESPN changed the Baseball Today podcast from Karabell and Law intelligently discussing the current events of the MLB world. It is now Olney yucking it up, frequently with the former athletes who yuck it up on the Baseball Tonight program.