Quick quiz: How many writers have had the distinction of being laid off by ESPN and Sports Illustrated in the same calendar year?
Hint: At least one!
This decision has nothing to do with me and everything to do with the current state of the journalism biz, which is something I’ve been telling you about for a while now. I have nothing bad to say about anyone at SI — they’ve all been great. Tough times, tough times.
I’ll have more to say about all of this on Monday. For now. suffice it to say that yesterday was one of the more surreal experiences of my life. I was out late drinking and commiserating with my (very brief, and now former!) colleagues last night, so I don’t have the energy or wherewithal to provide a proper entry today. Thanks for understanding.
The material that would have been in today’s Ticker will be folded into tomorrow’s Ticker. Phil will have that, along with his usual (read: awesome) content, on the weekend. I’ll have more to say about the state of Uni Watch on Monday. For now, I’ll just say that being let go by ESPN wasn’t the end of the world, and the same applies to being let go by SI. Is it a good thing? No. But is it catastrophic? Also no. I’ll be okay, promise!
Have a great weekend. Talk to you next week. — Paul