Monday, April 10, 2006

Say It Ain't Smulyan

I got an email from a reader who was listening to the Sports Reporters today, and he said that they interviewed wannabe Nats owner Jeff Smulyan on the radio today and that he gave some strong indications that he's closer to winning the derby than all of us hope. The reader also passed along the info that they 'Reporters' (yeah, scare quotes) said that Smulyan's PR hack was hinting even more strongly that things were looking rosy for the failed former owner. Did anyone listen today? Can anyone shed some light on what I missed?

I'm always wary of Andy Pollin and Jeff Smulyan, simply because Pollin got his start thanks to Smulyan, who essentially created the sports talk format with WFAN in NY. Andy wasn't going to rip into him, for sure.

When last we saw the failed former owner:

1) Emmis, the communications company that he runs and is trying to use to front the costs of the team, has been warned that the Nats aren't the wisest investment for a media company.

2) He was suing the bejeesus out of Honda for repossesing his finacee's car when she forgot to make payments on it. Apparently, he's a man you don't want to feck with!

2 Comments:

  • It aint Smulyan.

    There. I said it.

    By Blogger Bote Man, at 4/11/2006 12:38 AM  

  • I heard the interview. You're right, Pollin is very soft on Smulyan and I've heard him defend him on the air before. It seemed to be set up to allow Smulyan to dispel the "not local guys" label that his group has (rightfully so) been tagged with. He must have commented 10 times how his group has more local money and more local investment than any of the other groups. Another thing - you can tell those two hacks, Pollin & Czaban, don't do the least bit of homework on the Nats. Their comments on the team are always vague and generic...it would be nice if the local "sports" radio show spent some time & research on it's city's baseball team. Here's a novel idea for WTEM: how about doing a daily "Nats talk" type radio show...like EVERY OTHER MAJOR LEAGUE CITY DOES!

    By Anonymous John A, at 4/11/2006 6:22 AM  

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