The Age of Motive, as Thomas Paine penned it, was within the late 1790s. As we speak, we’re immersed within the Age of No Good Motive.
Final month ViacomCBS began layoffs of 450 employees from all elements of the corporate. I do know a number of of the victims, stable information and sports activities people now sweating lease whereas on the lookout for gigs that now not exist or pay comparative entry-level peanuts.
The “ideas and prayers” boilerplate particular assertion adopted:
“We’re restructuring varied operations at CBS as half our ongoing integration with Viacom, and to adapt to adjustments in our enterprise, together with these associated to COVID-19. Our ideas immediately are with our departing colleagues for his or her friendship, service and plenty of necessary contributions to CBS.”
OK. However that bought me to eager about Tony Romo’s new CBS contract to name about 20 NFL video games per season — $17 million per, near $1 million per telecast for the following 10 years on a reported $170 million deal.
Gee, that looks like rather a lot, as in crazy-go-nuts. Within the midst of layoffs, CBS can pay him $17 million each year for weekly, seasonal work. And he can’t guarantee even yet another viewer or rankings level.
Romo engenders viewer love or scorn. Many really feel he’s a wind-up speaking field with a sandpapered voice — some extent that’s robust to debate, even when infinite yak is now the mindless regular amongst TV’s sport analysts.
I principally take pleasure in Romo’s work. True, he doesn’t shut up, however he’s amusing, pleasantly sarcastic and spends extra think-out-loud discuss on the following play than the earlier one, a welcomed rarity. NBC’s fabulous lead NHL voice, Doc Emrick, talks rather a lot, too, but I’m glued to each phrase. What good would his silence serve?
Nonetheless, at $17 million per for Romo, what number of jobs would CBS have saved had it drawn the road at, say, a mere $10 million per — nonetheless a TV report — saving $7 million each year.
That’s to not presume the financial savings of tens of millions on Romo’s contract would have been utilized to saving jobs, but when I’m a stockholder I’d certain prefer to know why CBS would even think about paying a weekly, seasonal worker $10 million not to mention $17 million per.
Romo wouldn’t have labored for lower than $17 million per? OK, so let him go discover that gig. Or another community might need grabbed him for $16 million per? Good for him and them.
However at 2 bucks or 2 billion, Romo can’t make anybody watch except he comes stitched to a soccer sport. World gone nuts.
Beware having a public opinion about flag
How would you prefer to be underneath assault in a foxhole shared by Roger Goodell? These telegrams start, “We remorse to tell you …” However again to him in a bit.
It may by no means be what it’s, or what it so clearly seems to be. It at all times must be one thing else, what individuals need it to be.
And now Drew Brees has been caught in that fishing internet:
For years, Brees has represented the very best of the NFL, a charitable, gentlemanly skilled and regular good deed-doer who by no means did grime to anybody. Oh, and an outstanding QB.
However in a single day he grew to become a completely suspected racist for saying one thing with out teammates’ approval. Requested about Colin Kaepernick’s 2016 knee-taking, Brees stated he “won’t ever agree with anyone disrespecting the flag.”
Disgrace on him! He then took a hammering from black teammates. As Brees’ star pass-catching goal receiver Michael Thomas, an Ohio State man, tweeted of Brees, “He don’t know no higher.”
Then, quite than present the braveness of his fairly patriotic conviction, Brees apologized. For what? For his insensitivity in view of the alleged murder-by-cop of George Floyd, as if that was presupposed to instill in a single day hatred for flag and nation along with grief and sorrow. He begged forgiveness.
Too late, he’s now on the RWL, Racist Watch Listing. He ought to’ve first solicited teammates’ consent to specific an impartial thought.
Now he owes an apology to the right-headed for apologizing.
So the place is Goodell, chief of the Nero Fiddles League, to defend Brees from such a betrayal and unwarranted assault? He has been noticed jumping on the same bandwagon as the Brees bashers. Friday the commissioner issued a press release primarily inviting extra anthem-kneeling.
So fats likelihood that he would scold of NFL gamers for declaring holy racial battle on whomever doesn’t march to their drummer. He has no braveness or sense of honest play.
Simply extra of Goodell’s customary, feckless, cowardly pandering. Thus he permits the vilification and defamation of a Drew Brees?
Bury your head, Roger! Incoming!
ESPN simply Kane’t discover proper voice
Depart it to ESPN. It just about ignores the NHL as a result of it doesn’t maintain any monetary pursuits in it. However with the alleged homicide of George Floyd by the Minneapolis PD, ESPN’s “First Take” final week was capable of land a black NHL participant to discuss it.
Evander Kane, now with the San Jose Sharks, was indulged as if he have been the last word knowledgeable on selecting proper over incorrect. To that finish, he sounded good.
However as readers famous — and as is TV’s behavior — Kane ought to have been among the many final chosen to talk on problems with proper from incorrect.
With the Sabres in 2016, Kane was arrested for his half in a Buffalo bar brawl, allegedly combating with a bouncer and grabbing an unarmed lady by the throat and making an attempt to drive her right into a automobile. In the identical incident, learn the police report, Kane allegedly manhandled one other lady.
He copped to a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, a six-month good conduct pledge.
He’d beforehand had hassles together with his workforce, together with a suspension for lacking follow to attend the NBA All-Star Recreation.
Final 12 months, Kane was sued by a Vegas casino for non-payment of $500,000 in playing markers he allegedly blew by whereas the Sharks have been in Vegas for a playoff collection towards the Golden Knights.
Naturally, not even a whisper of this in the course of the interview.
One can play a spherical of golf in fours hours and by no means take away his glove, not even as soon as. But MLB batters step from the field to readjust their gloves after each pitch, together with these they didn’t swing at.
Will these NFL and faculty soccer gamers who respectfully stand throughout this season’s pregame nationwide anthem now be recognized — focused — as racists? Or will the anthem turn out to be previous tense?
Would ESPN have even bothered to air the documentary on Lance Armstrong, the Alex Rodriguez of biking, if he hadn’t stated “f–ok” rather a lot?
Not that it’s a lot comfort to 32-year NBA Kings broadcaster Grant Napear, fired from his sports activities discuss present early final week for alleged racism by texting “All Lives Matter,” however Atlanta’s black mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms on Thursday declared to her constituents, “You all matter to me.”