Whenever the 2022 Major League Baseball season begins, one of the more familiar, reliable columnists covering the sport won’t be a part of it for the first time in the past 25-plus years.
Ken Davidoff retired from the New York Post last week (his last day was Feb. 28) after covering the New York Yankees as a beat writer for the Bergen Record and Newsday, before moving up to national baseball writer at the latter publication. He eventually moved to the Post, where he was the national MLB columnist for 10 years.
He shared the news of his retirement from the Post on Facebook, accompanied by a photo of him as a student at the Michigan Daily, the University of Michigan’s student newspaper.
“For the first time since 93, I have no job, only this time I’m a lot less anxious about it,” wrote Davidoff. “After nearly 29 years as a sportswriter, the last 25-plus covering baseball, I have decided to shut down this chapter of my life and try something different. What exactly that will be, I’m not sure, although I’m already exploring a few ideas.”
“I couldn’t have realized my childhood dream without the support of family, friends, colleagues and baseball people,” Davidoff added. “Some of you cheered me on while work kept me away and extremely busy; some of you made the job fun while hanging out in ballparks, hotel lobbies and even Congressional hearings; and some of you helped me with information and insight. Thanks to all of you. See you soon.”
Unfortunately, after more than 25 years covering baseball, Davidoff’s last reporting was on the lockout not ending since team owners and players could not reach an agreement. As a result, the 2022 MLB season will be delayed for at least a week (comprising each team’s first two series on the schedule) and likely much longer.
In his farewell column for the Post (though not his final report, due to negotiations between MLB team owners and the players union extending to March 1), Davidoff thanked 10 people who made covering baseball memorable, including Derek Jeter, George Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman, Alex Rodriguez, Yoenis Cespedes, David Ortiz, and Carlos Beltran. (The column is behind the NY Post paywall.)
“Good god, did he give us stuff to write about every which way,” Davidoff wrote of A-Rod. “Just off the top of my head: the slap play and other postseason struggles (and triumphs)… two American League Most Valuable Player awards… a flurry of personal relationships … not one but two illegal performance-enhancing drug scandals, the latter resulting in him suing MLB and the Players Association! … Simply the best. If not for him, I wouldn’t have made it this long, though I would’ve slept more.”
Dave Portnoy Tells Business Insider CEO He Is ‘Piece Of S*** Coward’
“Despite objections from the moderator, Dave Portnoy got out his entire question before his mic was muted.”
Dave Portnoy is not going to move on from his hate of Business Insider. The Barstool founder joined a Twitter Spaces session on Thursday night where the public had a chance to talk to Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget.
The event was hosted by the New York Times. Blodget was part of a panel discussing issues facing the business community.
“So yeah, I saw that piece of shit Henry Blodget’s on there,” Portnoy said when his mic went live. “My first question’s why would a piece of shit who’s been banned by the SEC from talking about stocks be on there. My second question is hey Henry, you f***ing coward, you know everything you wrote about me was bullshit. Why don’t you ever sit down with me you f***ing piece of shit coward. That’s my question.”
Despite objections from the moderator, Dave Portnoy got out his entire question before his mic was muted. No answer came. The moderator apologized to Blodget and ended the event.
The accusations of Blodget being banned by the SEC from discussing financial advice are true. Portnoy was referncing fraud charges that Blodget settled in 2003 when he was a Wall Street analyst.
Business Insider has ran a salacious piece about Portnoy’s sex life in November. It included accusations of misconduct from three women that claimed consensual sexual encounters with Portnoy took a dark turn without their consent.
Dave Portnoy has maintained the story is not true. He has also threatened to sue Blodget, Business Insider and the story’s author Julia Black.
Mile High Sports Acquires Colorado Preps
“Mile High Sports adds Colorado Preps to a portfolio that includes a radio brand broadcasting on 98.1 FM and 107.5 FM HD-3 in Denver, a magazine, and MileHighSports.com.”
Mile High Sports has acquired the Colorado Preps brand, including ColoradoPreps.com and the company’s radio and podcast networks. The deal is effective immediately.
“I am proud of what we’ve accomplished through 19 years of the Colorado Preps Network and very excited about the future with Mile High Sports,” said Kevin Shaffer, owner and founder of Colorado Preps. “The MHS crew is poised to bring additional and expanded coverage to high school sports across the state and we’re honored to stay involved with the network and help its growth.”
He will remain on the staff and continue hosting and producing radio and digital shows.
“With the elimination of the Rocky Mountain News, and shrinking budgets across most news outlets, local high school sports coverage has often and unfortunately become the casualty,” said Mile High Sports Editor-in-Chief Doug Ottewill. “But there will always be kids playing sports and parents wanting to read about those kids playing sports. I think ColoradoPreps.com fills a need and a niche that will never go away, no matter what’s happening on the bigger sports landscape in Colorado.”
Mile High Sports adds Colorado Preps to a portfolio that includes a radio brand broadcasting on 98.1 FM and 107.5 FM HD-3 in Denver, a magazine, and MileHighSports.com.
Barstool Sports To Eliminate Some Podcasts
“We almost created a model where we started with all the resources, we didn’t start with the idea or the people and as a result, we have a lot of things that weren’t necessarily going in the right places.”
Barstool Sports is doing some internal re-organizing. As a result, some shows are being cancelled.
Talking on her podcast Token CEO, Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini said the company has looked under the hood the past few months and are trying to clean things up.
Nardini also stated that the company’s spending needs to be reined in. She feels like too much has been invested in content that hasn’t been delivered, and creative freedom has become more of a curse than a blessing.
“We almost created a model where we started with all the resources, we didn’t start with the idea or the people and as a result, we have a lot of things that weren’t necessarily going in the right places,” she said.
In the podcast space, Barstool has 94 different offerings to choose from. Nardini said it’s just become too much, and they’re going to have to scale things back.
“No company of our size should have 94 shows,” she said. “What was my mistake and our mistake? We treated all 94 shows equal.”
Nardini realizes that means tough decisions are going to have to be made. Good, talented people will either have to move on or their jobs will be re-purposed.
“I’m bummed that it impacts people’s jobs,” she said. “I think that is a really, really serious thing when a role gets impacted and things change. You have to take that with a little bit of a heavy heart.”
Erika didn’t specify which shows, in particular, would be getting the ax, but it’s believed that the show Podfathers will be among them.
Show co-hosts Michael McCarthy aka “Large” and Justin Clemenza aka “Clem” took to Twitter and to the Barstool blog to announce the parenting podcast was no more.
Jordan Demcher aka “Jordie” tweeted a couple of thoughts on the situation but then clarified his podcast would carry on.
Keep your eyes on social media over the next few days for more details on this situation from Barstool’s personalities.