Bye Bye Boston?

Boston Radio Watch has an interesting piece dealing with the departure of Christopher Brennen from Sporting News Radio. They say this is likely the death knell for 1510 the Zone in Boston. They conclude the piece by talking about the desire on the part of SNR to sell the Celtics radio rights and then wash their hands of the station:

Since the end of the C's season in April, the Zone's owner, SNR, has been trying to opt out of the last year(2005/06) of the Celtics 5-year deal which has been strangling the station and complicating any potential sale. It was expected that The Zone was going to carry the team's games for one more year(2004/05 season) and that would be it. But, now, with Brennan's unexpected departure, radio insiders say SNR will now push hard to expedite its divorce process from the original Celtics deal which was done by Brennan himself. SNR will likely seek to either sub-license the upcoming season's broadcasts to another station in the market or simply buy broadcast time on any station that will take cash.

If SNR is successful in its attempt to free the Zone from C's rights in the upcoming days, it will finally allow the company to do what it's been trying to do for all these months -- find a buyer for AM 1510, close its shop in Boston and cut its losses as it gets out of town...

Len linked this article on Sunday, but the meat of the article was something I didn’t get to read until today, and it is a interesting read.


Word from a very reliable source has told me that Ron Borges has been suspended from the Globe. The terms of the suspension are not exactly clear, but the reason is not for the incident with Michael Katz, but for working for HBO without the permission of the Globe. Efforts to confirm this with Borges or the Globe have not yet been successful.

Update: Borges, via email to BSMW has denied that he has been suspended. He says his Boxing column will run this weekend as usual, and that all his HBO work has received Globe approval.

A quick search of the Globe archives reveals no articles written by Borges since June 15th. Just throwing that out there.

Rob Bradford looks at the Celtics selection of Al Jefferson. Jim Fenton also has a look at the Jefferson Proclamation by the Celtics. Mike Fine has Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers lavishing praise on their draft picks, but wonders if they will even see much action this coming season. Gary Fitz says that the Celtics are pinning their hopes for the future on potential. For a good look at Jefferson, you might be interested in this feature article written about him by Rick Cleveland back in February. Bill Simmons has his annual NBA draft diary.

Alan Greenwood looks at the struggling Sox offense. Bob Stern says the Bill James theories of the Sox came up short against the small ball Twins. Del N. Jones says that Nomar is still limited by his injury. Greenwood’s notebook says there is no rush in getting Pokey Reese back. Jones’ notebook looks at the struggling Kevin Millar.

Mike Freeman of Jacksonville says that Boston certainly is a racist city. He has the examples to prove it….from the 1980’s. The most recent example he has is the Dee Brown incident in 1990.

Mike Loftus says that even without a first round pick, the Bruins are doing their homework for this weekend’s NHL draft.

Bob Gretz of the Kansas City Chiefs website takes an offseason look at the Patriots.

Jim Baker looks at WMUR-TV’s decision to promote Jamie Staton into the sports director role at the station He has quotes from former director Charlie Sherman, who resigned in March, and later tried to get his job back.

Jefferson – Movin’ on up to Boston

The Sox scuffle again at Fenway. Bob Hohler looks at the 4-3 loss to the Twins, noting the need for this team to put all aspects of the game together. Jeff Horrigan says defensive lapses cost the Sox this one. Steven Krasner looks at the Red Sox slide continuing on. David Heuschkel ponders the irony of Jose Offerman executing a sacrifice bunt in the 10th to move the winning run closer to home for the Twins. David Borges looks at the Sox inability to get any sort of hot streak going. Tony Massarotti says the Sox need to snap out of whatever funk they are in and get things going…soon. Kevin Gray says that Nomar is not 100% yet, and says the play in the 10th inning is evidence of that. Rich Thompson has Nomar taking blame for the error, though he feels it should’ve been ruled a hit and an error, not a two-base error. Joe Haggerty looks at the errors just killing the Sox. Steve Britt says maybe Nomar is just trying too hard.

Carlos Beltran was traded to the Astros last night, and Nick Cafardo takes a look at what the Sox might target now that he is off the market. Mike Shalin looks at David Ortiz, who had another big day against his old team yesterday, but couldn’t put the Sox over the top. Michael Vega looks at Tim Wakefield, who was encouraged by his outing yesterday. Shalin also has a look at Wakefield, who decided to stop thinking so much, and just pitch. Joe Sullivan looks at New Hampshire day at Fenway. James Murphy looked at Sox fans at Coors field last week. Hohler’s notebook has Pokey Reese encouraged by how his thumb felt yesterday after a night of rest. Horrigan’s notebook has Pokey hoping to play on Sunday, while Heuschkel’s notebook says Reese is not likely to play this weekend. Krasner’s notebook has still more on Pokey. Borges’ notebook looks at the Twins Joe Mauer.

If Ron Borges was writing about the Celtics draft, he’d be sure to say that that selection of Al Jefferson was a makeup pick and that Kendrick Perkins is a bust. However, Peter May appears to actually like the Celtics selection of high school star Jefferson at pick number 15 overall. He says there’s no reason that Jefferson shouldn’t be able to come in and start right away for the green. That might be pushing things, but the kid seems to have some game. Mark Murphy says the Celtics are happy to get Jefferson, and he fills a need for them. Jeff Goodman in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette (subscription only) has a piece on Jefferson, and even has a couple quotes from the 6-9 forward.

Asked what he knew about the Celtics, Jefferson said: