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Marc Malusis: WPIX Gig Seemed Like Longshot, But Ready to Be Different

“I’m going to be able to interject my personality a lot. I’m going to try to be a little bit different to cut through and they are open to a lot of those ideas.”

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Earlier this month, it was announced that Marc “Moose” Malusis was going to be the lead sports anchor at WPIX-11. For the man who has become known for his radio work at WFAN over the years, he now will be providing viewers their updates every night on television.

Malusis was a guest on the most recent episode of the New York, New York with John Jastremski podcast on The Ringer. Being a TV sports anchor was something Malusis never imagined would happen and he talked about the process of how it ended up happening thanks to someone he did digital work for in the past:

“It was a case of I got a call out of the blue. At that time, I was probably 6-7 weeks out after the show was not coming back at WFAN,” said Malusis. “I got a call from Todd Ehrlich, who is the executive sports director at WPIX. I had done some digital work for Todd a long time ago when he was at CBS.

“He called me and said we have an opening at WPIX. I’d like to throw your hat in the ring. I’m not making any promises that you will get the job, but I’d like to submit and make a pitch for you to get the job. Can you get me a tape and can you get me a resume ASAP? That’s where the ball started getting rolling.”

Giving updates on the news was not something Malusis was used to doing. Even though he was doing fill-in anchor spots at SNY, it is a new format for someone who is used to doing either talk radio or debating the hot sports topics on TV.

“Honestly at the time, I thought it was more of a longshot than anything else because I had more experience doing radio, a lot more experience doing debate-style shows at SNY,” said Malusis. “I had done a lot of different things on SNY, but that was really what we had done. I anchored a couple different shows here and there. When I started doing fill-in anchor shifts at SNY, this hadn’t really taken hold.”

As for what fans should expect when they turn on WPIX-11 to get their sports news, Malusis wants to bring some new things to the table and according to him, the network is embracing that.

I wasn’t expecting to land with this opportunity. To be able to get this job and land on my feet the way I did, I am really blessed with the opportunity to land at PIX-11,” he said. “They are willing to do a lot of different things. I’m going to be able to interject my personality a lot. I’m going to try to be a little bit different to cut through and they are open to a lot of those ideas.”

So what is Malusis looking forward to doing with this new position? For him, he wants to be at the big games rather than talk about them from home or from a studio. Here is what he told Jastremski about what he is looking forward to the most:

“I think to be out at a big sporting event. Being at a championship parade, being at a big game, being at a practice before a Game 7. I never thought this opportunity would present itself. I am going to take the ball and run with it. I’m not afraid of hard work and sacrifice and time. Being at a big Yankees-Red Sox game in The Bronx, being at a big game at Citi Field with Max Scherzer on the mound. I’m really looking forward to that.” 

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Washington Post Reporter Sally Jenkins Details Jerry Jones Reporting to Dan Le Batard

“We just started to research to ask him questions about it and we came across that photo.”

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A report from The Washington Post that featured a photo of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones witnessing the controversial integration of North Little Rock High School in 1957 caused a stir late last week, and one of the reporters on the project, Sally Jenkins, detailed how it came to be to Dan Le Batard Monday.

“It was part of a larger project,” Jenkins said of the discovery of the photo. “We came across this photo of Jones. It’s at the start of the school year at North Little Rock High School. He’s on the cusp of his 15th birthday and he’s very clearly identifiable in the photo, which ran on the front page of The New York Times in 1957 because Little Rock was undergoing a real crisis of desegregating it’s schools to the the point that (President Dwight D.) Eisenhower had to send the 101st Airborne into Little Rock to quell violence over black kids trying to go to white schools.

“We knew that Jerry Jones had witness — or at least lived through — a tough civil rights era in Little Rock, and we wanted to talk to him about that. We just started to research it to ask him questions about it and we came across that photo.”

The Washington Post debuted a nine-part series entitled “Blackout” that dove into why there are not more minority head coaches in the NFL. They asked every NFL owner for an interview for the project, but Jones was the only one to agree.

Stugotz asked Jenkins if it was fair to judge someone from a photo taken of them while they were a child, referring to some of the media backlish pushed towards Jones because of the photo.

“Of course not,” Jenkins said. “What is fair is to ask him about what he witnessed, ask him what he experienced, ask him how his views may have changed, or if they did change at all, ask him how he has evolved on issues of social justice or racial justice. And the fact is he has evolved, particularly recently. He started out as a real hard-liner on the Colin Kaepernick situation. At one point, Jerry Jones said ‘The Dallas Cowboys will stand for the anthem and tow the line’, and he’s really softened on that.”

She later conceded the answers Jones provided won’t satisfy everyone, and said there are legitimate questions about his positioning in the photograph, noting the Little Rock Six were spit on, and had the n-word shouted at them from those standing on the steps where Jones was located.

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Mike Francesa: George Steinbrenner’s Idea to Put Mike and The Mad Dog On YES Network

“It was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were.”

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Mike and The Mad Dog is often cited as one of, if not the, best sports radio shows of all time. The show saw an expanded reach with its partnership with the YES Network beginning in 2002. During his podcast Tuesday, Mike Francesa gave all the credit to the simulcast hitting the air on YES Network to the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

“It was George Steinbrenner that came up with the idea of Mike and The Mad Dog being on the YES Network. No one else,” Francesa said.

“They came to us when they were negotiating a new radio deal with him and they said ‘Hey, we need a quick answer on this. Would you guys want to be on the YES Network every day, simulcasting? You know what Imus is doing with MSNBC? We wanna do it with you guys, but we need a very quick answer’.”

Francesa said the show airing on YES Network was a sticking point for the Yankees in negotiations with CBS Radio to continue airing the franchise’s broadcasts.

“Our first deal with them were not for a lot of money. Our later deals with them were for a very significant amount of money. But it was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were. Our joining the YES Network was part of the CBS Radio contract.”

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Dave Portnoy Reveals Back-And-Forth With New York Times Reporter Who Claimed He ‘Did Not Provide Answers’

“You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.

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A story from The New York Times centered around “aging casino company” — Penn National Gaming — and its relationship with “degenerate gambler” — Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy — caught the eye of the face of the online outlet after the claim that he “didn’t provide answers”.

In the story, Steel claims “Penn and Barstool executives did not respond to repeated messages. Mr. Portnoy did not provide answers.” Portnoy brought the receipts to Twitter with a video of all of the correspondence he had with Times writer Emily Steel.

The alleged conversation takes place sporadically from May through November, with Portnoy offering to meet face-to-face with Steel for an interview that is mutually audio and video recorded, which Steel declines. She offered to meet Portnoy in New York for an audio recorded interview, which he declined, saying the interview needed to take place in Miami, because “I’m not running around to accommodate you at the 11th hour.”

He added “You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.

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