April 24, 2014

When Wright Goes Wrong?

The newspaper industry is having problems.

I’ll let that shocking news sink in for a moment…ok good. It really is a strange time to be covering sports in any capacity. On one end of the spectrum, you have writers like Jay Mariotti, Tim Cowlishaw, Woody Paige and J.A. Adande getting all kinds of attention and publicity because of shows like Around The Horn and other ESPN features. On the opposite end, are smaller market newspaper reporters that are being let go due to budget restrictions. Waiting For Next Year has received multiple inquiries from sports journalists wanting to know if we are hiring. (The answer to that question by the way is no, and these inquiries have come from writers at publications that we have never heard of, just to end any speculation.)

There are obviously those that have found fame and fortune using their unique talents on internet sites. Will Leitch turned his skills into a ‘real’ job, and plenty of bloggers and net savvy writers are at least able to supplement income through their writing. I could name 50 bloggers off the top of my head that would love to have the opportunity and access to cover the Cavaliers for the Plain Dealer. It appears that former Plain Dealer beat writer Branson Wright wanted to have his cake and eat it at the same time. According to Clevescene, Branson was shown the door for double dipping.

To everyone’s surprise, however, Wright was in fact writing a game story that night — for The Washington Times. When the Times’ beat reporter couldn’t make it to the game, Wright apparently saw an opportunity for some extra cash. He filed the story, “Wizards Off Mark on Final Chance,” under the very clandestine byline “B.R. Wright.”

There is more, much more to the story, so click the link and read.

  • Jeremy Coyle

    What a dope! Kind of a funny story though. Maybe our very own BW might be considered? That’d be great!

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com RockKing

    “So now the PD is in search of a new Cavs beat writer.”

    Oooh, oooh….Pick me! Pick me!

    In all seriousness, though, I’m hoping they just kind of hang on with Mary Schmitt Boyer like they are right now until Windy gets healthy and returns to writing. Then, they can offer the job to the only person worthy of the Cavs beat for the PD (sorry MSB…you’re doing a decent enough job, but there’s just no better basketball writer out there than BW).

  • Biff

    The Plain Dealer is in such bad shape right now. Ever since Terry Pluto got there he’s been mailing it in. Livingston is atrocious. Shaw isn’t very good. All of those guys, for whatever reason, seem to have no desire to actually seek information anymore. They just spout opinions, most of which are based on no more knowledge than that possessed by the average fan.

    The only writer in Cleveland who actually gets out there, makes contacts, and gets good information is Windhorst. Unfortunately, the there really isn’t anyone else at the Beacon worth reading.

    The whole Cleveland sports scene needs some new writers that actually have it in them to be aggressive journalists.

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/ Rick

    I disagree about terry Pluto, but I can’t say that I’m a big Livingston or Shaw or even Hoynes fan. Mary Schmitt Boyer does a good job though.

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com Mike

    I have to admit, Pluto and Grossi are the only two at the PD I currently enjoy reading. The reasons for Pluto speak for themselves…I am a big fan of “Loose Balls” (wish I didn’t forget to slip a great question to Scott about that one earlier), the Grossi reasons are a little different. I like his honest/blunt approach and, no matter if you agree or not with the guy, is the fact that the Cleveland.com comments are insane everytime Grossi submits anything. They really are funny because everybody seems to think they know more than the next guy when it comes to the Browns.