Despite Post report, Davidoff still in at Newsday


Update by Joe (1:05 p.m. EST): I just talked to someone familiar with Davidoff’s situation (hah! I actually got to type that for once). He is not losing his job. Repeat: Not losing his job. Apparently, his title changed recently, which may have led to the speculation. It’s good to know that Davidoff’s job is safe, though. I was thinking about it this morning, and after considering everyone in the NYC sports media, I’m going to say he’s the best columnist out there. I’m glad he’ll continue to have an outlet for his writing.


As free agent rumors swirled on Monday, two pillars of the traditional media took a big hit.

The Tribune Company, published of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune as well as the owners of the Chicago Cubs, filed for bankruptcy protection while The New York Times Co. took out a $225 million home equity loan against its new building. Without that loan, The Times Co., publishers of The New York Times and part-owners of the Red Sox, would be facing a major cash-flow problem.

According to the major players, the Cubs and Red Sox are shielded from the economic downturn, and these moves shouldn’t impact the impending sale of the Cubs to someone who isn’t going to be Mark Cuban. But within the media, these developments were another sign of both economic unrest and deep-rooted problems with the business.

On a more local level, Newsday, a former Tribune holding sold to Cablevision in May, is facing its share of problems too, and this one will have an impact on how we receive some information. According to The Post, the Long Island-based daily will be slashing 100 jobs soon, and among those jobs lost may be Ken Davidoff’s.

With papers looking to save costs, columnists — even the good ones — that focus on national issues and not local teams often get the axe. The Post reports that Davidoff may be offered a lower-paid editorial position with the paper.

Davidoff has long been a well-respected reporter on the New York scene. He writes well; he’s engaging; and he does a great job with his Baseball Insider blog. But that’s why the media world works these days. The best reporters and columnists are the ones that are the highest paid, and they are often the first ones to go. Hopefully, Davidoff will stick around the city. His voice would be missed.

Categories : NYC Sports Media
  • Relaunch

    Thats how it works in corporate america. He will be back though when things hopefully turn around.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Although, all arrows in the newspaper biz point downward. There’s a good chance things don’t “turn around”. Newspapers are losing their revenue streams, possibly permanently, as people just don’t pay for what they can get for free (as well as more conveniently) online.

  • E-ROC

    In my Introduction to Sports Management class, we had a discussion similar to this situation. A company cutting cost to save money. The question was would you fire a great writer for who has been with the company for years but is hella expensive, or fire a young person who was recently hired and that person’s pay is relatively cheap?

    Hopefully, Davidoff continues writing about Yankees.

    • Relaunch

      What were the general comments for the discussion?

      • E-ROC

        Cut the more expensive employee and possibly re-hire that person a cheaper rate. Most of my classmates said they didn’t want to cut the expensive employee but had to do it to save the company money.

    • Joseph P.

      RAB would extend an offer to Davidoff if he would take a paycut.

  • Bo

    How many eyeballs does Ken Davidoff bring to Newsday? My guess not many. I don’t think many sport fans even know who he is. He isn’t a Lupica or even a Vaccaro. Guys who do bring attenntion. A guy like Davidoff is too expensive to keep on when you can just promote a decent writer making half as much.

    • Ben K.

      So you’d prefer the loud-mouth dumb guys over someone who has built up credibility and establishes sources? I guess you are the prime example of why the newspaper industry is suffering.

      • Ben K.

        And just to clarify, that’s not a point-blank attack on. But this is why the Mike Lupicas of the world get to spout off nonsense while the Ken Davidoff’s get laid off or a demoted.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          Bill O’Reilly and Keith Olbermann say hello vociferously scream and browbeat a hello out of you with their righteous indignation…

        • Relaunch

          They get laid off because his company is not making profit and is losing money. No one here really cares about the economics in baseball, so why should anyone care here?

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