Yes, the stories appear to be true. There won’t be a sport section in the Washington Times after Friday. At least that’s what we’ve been led to believe, and no one has reached out to dispel us of this notion. As for what that means for us in terms of unemployment, the assumption is we will all get walking papers in the next day or two. But none of us have received any official word on anything. I’ll probably be scolded for saying this, but the communication from the people making the decisions around here has been unimaginably crappy. So we’re just waiting things out to see how it all goes down.
Anyway, the purpose of this blog post is not to complain, but to express some thanks. I have no doubt there are important people I will forget, so I apologize in advance.
First, to my colleagues in the sports section. Thanks to my editors Mark Hartsell and John Taylor, who were a pleasure to work for and pushed me to be a better journalist and writer. Thanks to Harrison Goodman for making all of our stories look great, and thanks to Scott Silverstein for manning a great desk at night. Thanks especially to Steve Whyno, Jon Fogg and Mike Petre on the desk. I’ve enjoyed working with all of the writers on staff, but will personally like to acknowledge my good friends Patrick Stevens, Corey Masisak and Mike Jones, as well as Ryan O’Halloran, David Elfin and Barker Davis. Thanks to Thom Loverro and Gene Mueller as well for being great supporters and constant sources of laughter.
Over the years I’ve worked with some great people in the sports world, and I’d like to thank the public relations staffs of all the local teams, especially Chartese Burnett and Lisa Pagano with the Nationals, Zack Bolno with the Redskins, Nate Ewell with the Caps and Doug Hicks with D.C. United. Also, thanks goes to Brian McCarthy and Dan Masonson with the NFL, Mike Bass with the NBA, and Matt Bourne and Jeff Heckleman with MLB.
The folks at ESPN have been amazingly patient and helpful with requests, and I’d like to express my gratitude to Diane Lamb, Bill Hofheimer, Paul Melvin and Nate Smeltz.
A special shout out goes to Maury Brown from bizofbaseball.com, who is a good friend and tremendous source of information.
Who else…let’s see…Jim DeLorenzo and David Schwab at Octagon. Chris Anderson, Scott Sanford and the gang at the Marketing Arm and Davie Brown Talent. David Carter from the Sports Business Group. Paul Swangard from the University of Oregon. Michael McCann from the University of Vermont Law School.
Thanks to everyone at the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission, or whatever you’re called now. Erik Moses. Bill Hall. Greg O’Dell. Teri Washington.
I also need to thank the horde of other journalists I’ve crossed paths with over the years, especially on the sports biz beat. My predecessor, Eric Fisher at Sports Business Journal is at the top of that list. John Ourand is also way up there.
Darren Rovell at CNBC. Sarah Talalay in Florida. And all the guys at the Post, especially the great Dan Steinberg,Tom Heath, Dave Sheinin and Barry Svrluga. And thanks to David Nakamura, who kicked my ass on the Nats ballpark story.
Anyway, that’s it. I’ll be here until I’m not. After that you can probably find me on Twitter if you want to reach me.
Peace, and Happy New Year.