Top Stories 2008: Buyouts and Cuts

We’re going to have a mini-series this week looking back at some of the top sports media stories in the Boston area from this past year.

#5 on our list of sports media stories is the buyouts and cutbacks seen in sports departments in 2008.

The Boston Globe went through another round of buyouts this year, and columnist Jackie MacMullan, NBA writer Peter May and assistant sports editor Ken Fratus were among those who took buyouts from the paper.

The Providence Journal offered buyouts to its staff, though it doesn’t appear that the sports department was severely impacted.

The Hartford Courant essentially cut all of their day-to-day Boston sports coverage. Patriots beat writer David Heuschkel and Red Sox beat writer Jeff Goldberg were among the casualties of this decision.

The Gatehouse News – which publishes the MetroWest Daily News, Quincy Patriot-Ledger and Brockton Enterprise among their local holdings also had staff cutbacks this year. Daily News Patriots beat writer Douglas Flynn was probably the most high-profile writer who lost his job from the staff reductions.

On the TV side, longtime sports director Bob Lobel took a buyout from WBZ – a story that is bigger than this entry.

Entercom Boston – the parent company of WEEI and WRKO also had staff reductions this year.

  • Chris

    The common refrain is that media outlets are cutting ‘good’ people. If that were really the case, they’d resurface elsewhere. Aside from an exception here and there, those who are let go simply fall by the wayside and never heard from again.

    • JC

      There’s definitely some truth to that, but don’t overstate it. Jobs are getting cut everywhere and very few places are hiring. On top of that, it’s increasingly becoming not worth the BS to stick around.

  • sam the butcher

    Thank God that blithering idiot Lobel is gone. Of course he was replaced by blithering idiot Steve Burton. Maybe that wasn’t a good thing?

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