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Posts Tagged ‘Jason McIntyre’

ESPN Co-Host Absent from Airwaves After Ugly NABJ Incident

According to a Facebook comment relayed this morning by Journal-isms columnist Richard Prince, most of those attending an NABJ convention party last Friday night at the House of Blues in Orlando “had no clue” that former NFL player Hugh Douglas went crazy on his ESPN2 co-host Michael Smith. But thanks to weekend coverage of the alcohol-fueled scuffle by thebiglead.com’s Jason McIntyre and all sorts of subsequent media pick-up, it could cost Douglas dearly.

As noted by awfulannouncing.com, Douglas has been absent this week from his daily ESPN2 show Numbers Never Lie alongside Smith and third co-host Jemele Hill. From McIntyre’s follow-up item:

After the third [House of Blues party] threat, Smith tried to walk away, at which point Douglas grabbed Smith’s wrist and hurled two racial epithets at him, calling him an “Uncle Tom” and a “House N—-.” Smith, the witness says, turned around to protect himself, at which point onlookers rushed in to break it up.

Three independent sources have verified this version of events.

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Judy Battista Leaves NY Times for NFL Network

Judy Battista is leaving the New York Times for the NFL Network and NFL.com. Battista covers the league for the paper, and has been with the Times since 1998. Prior to her time at the Times, she was a local news reporter with Newsday for two years.

Battista will write columns for NFL.com and contribute on-air analysis for NFL Network.

Jason McIntyre of Big Lead first reported that Battista was leaving, and that was followed up by the Times’ Brian Stelter confirming as much.

USA Today to Start Paying Writers Bonuses for Page Views

This is a sign of things to come as newspapers go digital.

Jason McIntyre reports that according to a source, in a conference call last night USA Today outlined its plan to pay annual bonuses to writers based on page views.

“But once writers start scrutinizing their page view tallies, and realize slideshows, rumors, and celebrities drive traffic, what will be the impact?” asks The Big Lead editor-in-chief.

We’ll see which other major newspapers will be next to follow suit.