Seen & Heard – Wednesday, March 27, 2013

by Rob G

Hey folks, it’s been awhile since I posted something of substance, and apologies for that. Perhaps I was blinded by the Blue Jays “love-in” the past 2 weeks. Some might say I haven’t ever posted anything of substance, but I digress…

Tonight, my recommendation is short but sweet. TSN Drive’s interview of Leaf’s coach Randy Carlyle just after 5pm was fantastic. Host Dave Naylor and co-host Steve Simmons asked the right questions to derive great dialogue. Further, Carlyle was upfront about how he was with the media in Anaheim vs. how he is in this hockey market. He admitted that being in Toronto means 1/3 of his job entails dealing with the media. This is a far cry from the previous head coach, who often held his nose while dealing with the media. To be clear, this part of the job isn’t always productive, nevertheless, it is a necessary evil, and Carlyle has recognized that.

But what I really appreciate about Carlyle is how he deals deftly with the questions head on. Simmons questioned Carlyle about how in Anaheim he was allegedly hard on then youngsters Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry while they were on their Stanley Cup run. Carlyle addressed the question, but didn’t aggressively attack the query about how he was hard on the youngsters. He gave context on the situation, and maturely addressed Simmon’s assertion regarding his tact with the youngsters.

What I really appreciated about the Carlyle interview was his admission that dealing with the Toronto media is a big part of his role as the Leaf’s coach. Carlyle’s understanding of the marketplace, and how to operate in it, is exponentially better than how former coach Ron Wilson carried himself in the marketplace.

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Steve-0
March 27, 2013 11:07 pm

Funny you should tease a Blue Jays love in. I tweeted to Mike Wilner about not giving Romero a free pass this spring after last year and Milke Wilner defended his 13 game losing streak saying “he should have won some if those” . Sheesh!

Darren Johnston (@AFRAUDHATER)
Darren Johnston (@AFRAUDHATER)
March 27, 2013 11:50 pm

I can’t believe people actually follow Wiener.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
March 28, 2013 7:24 am

thanks for the listening recommendation RobG. If two years of Cybulski was necessary to get Naylor in the drive slot then, as painful as that was, it was worth it.
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Both PTS and TSN drive have been excellent recently. The 3 man roundtable with Brunt and Arash was a real pleasure to listen to.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
March 28, 2013 7:30 am

This article claims that the Jays lost money last year. I find that hard to believe. They had a middle of the pack payroll, middling attendance, they own their own building and it is fully paid off, and they have some of the most expensive concessions in all of baseball.
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I suspect it’s Hollywood math due to the fact that they don’t pay themselves very much for the broadcast rights, but i’d be happy to hear if anyone has an alternative explanation.
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http://www.thestar.com/sports/bluejays/2013/03/27/mlb_blue_jays_value_up_despite_operating_losses_forbes.html

alex
alex
March 28, 2013 9:04 am

Best thing i heard so far from yesterday was deitschon with bob and shannon. Talked a lot of non sports media (stern vs imus). Also interesting how strong both bob and john put deitsch over as a guest and reporter.

Also, in the tsn podcast feed, theres a segment from tsn winnipeg with arthur discusiing this story about an nfl player who may come out.

Mike V
Mike V
March 28, 2013 9:31 am

mike (in boston), that’s probably it. Make no mistake, Rogers has made money with the Blue Jays. If they are taking a small loss on the baseball side, they are making a much bigger profit on the media side. And what’s a $5M loss when your value increases by 30 times that amount?

Even still, just looking at Forbes’ numbers I’m having a hard time reconciling them. Revenue increase $15M, player expenses (by far the largest cost) increase by just $8M but operating income drops $30M. What could explain that?

itchy butt
itchy butt
March 28, 2013 9:51 am

@Darren:

I can’t believe people actually listen to Hockey Central.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
March 28, 2013 10:46 am

Dowbiggin — The Globe’s social media reporter — has a story on TSN’s Aaron Ward “brunting” the Iginla trade and having it blow up in his face. As much as I think Bruce is an embarrassment to media critics everywhere, it’s good to publicly shame MSM’ers who rush to Twitter and get it wrong. It’s also a public service to those who don’t want to wade through pictures of people’s breakfasts.
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Real scoops require actual journalism and are rare these days. Most of what counts as a scoop is something that will be publicly announced anyways. So if you’re going to be first then you damn well better be right.
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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/dowbiggin-haste-made-waste-in-the-race-to-be-first-on-social-media/article10479612/

Mike S
Mike S
March 28, 2013 1:35 pm

I would love to know if Aaron Ward will be reprimanded in any way for last night’s debacle……………Bob McKenzie has some of the best sources in hockey and he couldn’t get confirmation of Iginla being traded to Boston so I’m a bit surprised that TSN went with the story………………pretty embarrassing for a network that is normally very credible

sam in oshawa
sam in oshawa
March 28, 2013 2:20 pm

In trivial news to-day peace was reached in the middle east, north korea decided to disarm and iran stopped production of fissionable material, now back to hockey central for the big breaking story- iginla 2013…

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