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Comments on Awful Announcing: Wishing For Someones Assassination Will Get You Suspended From ESPN Radio (Who Knew?)





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dane, your logic overlooks the fact that Madden's ...

2008-05-29T16:08:00.000-04:00

dane, your logic overlooks the fact that Madden's mouth and track-record got him in hot water in the first place. Bristol put on the pressure rather than the Pittsburgh affiliate that knows how much ratings he brought in for that mouth.



When it first happened, the ESPN 1250 management g...

2008-05-29T08:52:00.000-04:00

When it first happened, the ESPN 1250 management gave him a pass and said the apology was acceptable. But then the rest of the Pittsburgh media, led by Post-Gazette columnist Bob Smizik, picked up their torches and pressured the station into the suspension.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08144/884238-13.stm

Mark Madden's mouth did not get Mark Madden suspended, newspapers got



Disagree with their politics all you want, but to ...

2008-05-28T20:03:00.000-04:00

Disagree with their politics all you want, but to wish someone be assassinated (even worse as they lie dying with cancer) should have you fired.

Now if we can get that fox news announcer who wants Obama killed fired we'll be on our way.



I'm not saying there's not an inconsistency, AA. ...

2008-05-28T17:25:00.000-04:00

I'm not saying there's not an inconsistency, AA. I was just saying that you weren't actually giving any evidence of an inconsistency. The only evidence you gave was that lots of people say bad stuff and don't get fired for it, which isn't specific to ESPN at all. So to someone who ISN'T familiar with all the inconsistencies you allude to, it comes across as a false argument.



Although, this guy seems like a tool. I found his...

2008-05-28T17:02:00.000-04:00

Although, this guy seems like a tool. I found his comments to be darkly humorous.



I haven't listened to Madden in years, but I loved...

2008-05-28T16:17:00.000-04:00

I haven't listened to Madden in years, but I loved him when I did. He's hilarious and (at least when he talks about hockey) insightful. Pittsburgh sports radio listeners love him or love to hate him. As a result, he was a ratings powerhouse.

The inconsistency here is mind-boggling. Where's Dana Jacobsen's pink slip? Did Madden talk about hockey too much? Is that it?

Madden will



Looks like Madden hasn't forgotten his announcing ...

2008-05-28T13:54:00.000-04:00

Looks like Madden hasn't forgotten his announcing days with WCW. What an idiot.



As a guy who works in radio, there's the rule abou...

2008-05-28T13:29:00.000-04:00

As a guy who works in radio, there's the rule about controversial statements and then there's the enforcement. And when it comes to enforcement, management usually takes a "It's not a crime until somebody screams" approach.



Madden has a long history of similar, equally unfu...

2008-05-28T12:34:00.000-04:00

Madden has a long history of similar, equally unfunny commentary. However, as the ratings have been very good, it's been mostly overlooked by management.

I'm guessing that this particular comment must have caught the attention of someone up the food chain in Bristol who is a supporter and/or friend of Kennedy. Otherwise, it appeared as though station management would have let this



Gotta disagree here. Calling for the assassinatio...

2008-05-28T12:31:00.000-04:00

Gotta disagree here. Calling for the assassination of a sitting US Senator, particularly one just diagnosed with brain cancer...yeah, you can suspend Madden for that one without too much controversy, yeah.



Like everyone is saying Jeff, Madden has gotten aw...

2008-05-28T12:02:00.000-04:00

Like everyone is saying Jeff, Madden has gotten away with stuff like this for years and he's just now getting fired. How about all of the sexual harassments before the Reynolds firing? How about Colin Cowherd calling for listeners to crash a website?

I'm not saying it's an easy thing to police, but there's an obvious inconsistency there. If you don't see it than I don't know what to



You imply that there's a double standard at ESPN, ...

2008-05-28T11:57:00.001-04:00

You imply that there's a double standard at ESPN, but you say "Haven't Sports Radio hosts around the Country said much more hurtful and controversial things than this?" That would imply that you want ESPN to conform its own policies to the policies of other media outlets around the country. If you have examples of ESPN not disciplining one of their people who said something like this, that



Madden has long had a reputation for saying anythi...

2008-05-28T11:57:00.000-04:00

Madden has long had a reputation for saying anything for ratings. Any well-loved sports personality who wasn't connected with the Penguins would be targeted for character assassination by Madden. (The Pens were beyond reproach in his eyes.) Hines Ward is just the latest whipping boy on a list that includes Arnold Palmer, Jim Leyland, Jerome Bettis, and Myron Cope. He's also been called out for



Matt is 100% right on this; Da Burgh's political l...

2008-05-28T11:56:00.000-04:00

Matt is 100% right on this; Da Burgh's political leanings have jack shit to do with this. Madden is a tool, always has been a tool, and always will be a tool. I'm just surprised he lasted this long.



This has nothing to do with Pittsburgh being democ...

2008-05-28T11:42:00.000-04:00

This has nothing to do with Pittsburgh being democrat or republican city, especially since the firing came down from Bristol.

I live outside of Pittsburgh, and have heard Mark madden for a long time. This is just the latest in a laundry list of things which probably should have gotten him suspended, if not fired in the past. The Kennedy thing was kind of like the straw that broke the



It's not like Ted killed anybody or anything.Wonde...

2008-05-28T11:39:00.000-04:00

It's not like Ted killed anybody or anything.

Wonder if he would have said that about Bush or Arlen Specter, what would have happened then. Teddy is a liberal demigod.

And Da Burgh is overwhelmingly Democrat.



People have said worse things than "live long enou...

2008-05-28T11:28:00.000-04:00

People have said worse things than "live long enough to be assassinated"?



I'm too lazy to send an actual email and I'm sure ...

2008-05-28T11:20:00.000-04:00

I'm too lazy to send an actual email and I'm sure people have already mentioned this, but if you can find a clip of Erin Andrews reporting on site from Wrigley during (I think) the 6pm Sportscenter, it's worth a look. I may be misquoting slightly, but I think her comment was along the lines of "It's [Fukudome's] bobblehead night, and players usually get off on their bobblehead nights." There