What we have planned for Sunday’s weekly media column:
When Dick Enberg makes his Baseball Hall of Fame acceptance speech at Cooperstown next Saturday, thanking those who helped teach him about the game over the years that led to his Ford C. Frick Award for outstanding broadcasting, Stan Charnofsky may not be physically able to attend, but he’ll be there in more than spirit.
For three years, Enberg assisted the San Fernando Valley State head baseball coach in the early 1960s, and in his 2004 autobiography he wrote: “I learned more baseball from him in my first season than I had in my previous 26 years.”
We dig a little deeper at how the former Angels and current Padres play-by-play man learned baseball during his life in Southern California in general and in the San Fernando Valley more specifically during our Sunday’s column, with interesting observations from the 84-year Charnofsky, who maintains an office on the Cal State Northridge campus in the College of Education psychology and counseling department.
What is worth putting out there now:
== Now that ESPN has put out its annual “Body Issue,” is it appropriate to follow up with its “Disembody Issue?”
Official news today that Colin Cowherd is the latest not to have his contract renewed means that ESPN, in this year alone, has shown the door to Keith Olbermann and Bill Simmons, as well as removing Jason Whitlock as the high profile head of a website that hasn’t even launched yet.
The dismantling has been framed by ESPN as cost-effective decision making. They overpaid for the talent in the first place. The talent didn’t produce the income projected.
It’s kinda like ESPN’s own “Game of Thrones” storyline.
Plus, at ESPN, no one man is bigger than the company. Except if you’re John Skipper.
A statement released by ESPN and quoting company skipper Skipper this morning said simply: “We’ve enjoyed a mutually beneficial run with Colin for over a decade. He came to national prominence on ESPN with his unique perspective on sports and society. Endings also bring new beginnings, for ESPN and Colin, and we thank him and wish him the best.”
Sub in the names Olbermann and Simmons in previous statements, and that’s become the state of ESPN for 2015.
Those at the Big Lead who had this story first surmise that Cowherd’s next stop could easily be at Fox Sports, again giving FS1 another boost of energy. That would accommodate Cowherd’s latest desire to move to L.A., where Simmons currently resides and Olbermann used to.
We’re still waiting for Cowherd to start his own “Love Line” call-in show.
No word when Cowherd’s final show on ESPN Radio (via KSPN-AM 710) will be, although author James Andrew Miller tweeted out today that Cowherd is expected to fill out the rest of his contract — that’s four more months.
Olbermann has tweeted out that his final episode of “Olbermann” on ESPN2 is slated for Friday, July 24.
Those at AwfulAnnouncing.com attempt to rate Olbermann’s Top 10 opening monologues. We’ll wait until we’ve seen the last of them come next week.