HoopsHype Spero Dedes rumors

September 30, 2014 Updates

Kostas Papanikolaou: A few hours later I watched my first NFL game, with the Texans hosting the Bills. There I met, Spero Dedes, another fellow Greek that is very successful on TV, as a play-by-play announcer on the CBS network. We met for few minutes, during halftime, and he is an exceptional guy. They even let me watch them while they were broadcasting the game live on TV. It was a great experience. I will meet with Spero again, when I will be in Los Angeles for the opening night game against the Lakers. NBA.com

May 7, 2014 Updates

Spero Dedes and MSG Network have parted ways, ending his three-season run as the Knicks' radio play-by-play man and primary TV fill-in for Mike Breen. Dedes cited a desire to expand his national announcing portfolio, which created scheduling complications. "With my contract up at the end of the season we kind of knew of another opportunity that was around the corner and from a scheduling standpoint it probably wasn't going to work out," Dedes said Wednesday. "I wanted to stay and have both gigs. They gave me a certain degree of schedule flexibility, but in order to do what I needed to do I was going to need more and they just weren't going to give it to me, which I completely understood from their perspective. "It was an opportunity to take the next step nationally. It just basically came to a fork in the road." Newsday

February 24, 2012 Updates

While watching Madison Square Garden Network’s postgame show on Monday night, after the Nets beat the Knicks, 100-92, there were no expectations of hearing anything about Spero Dedes and the flap over his “c---- in the armor” reference he made the previous Friday when describing Jeremy Lin’s first loss as a starter. When it comes to these type of affairs, rare as they might be, this was business as usual. This is the Gulag, where many things are done surreptitiously. The statement MSG issued concerning Dedes was typically cryptic. It said that, even though Dedes used an “inappropriate” term “unintentionally and inadvertently” after the Knicks lost to New Orleans, he was still the recipient of “appropriate disciplinary action,” which Garden management would not disclose. New York Daily News

If anyone had a problem with what Dedes said, which he apologized for in a statement issued by MSG (“I will be much more sensitive to my choice of words moving forward”), then the alleged “disciplinary action” amounted to a tug on his ear lobe. Dedes was not pulled from the air. In fact, he called the Hawks-Knicks game on Wednesday night for MSG TV. A well-embedded Garden mole said Dedes, in one of the days following his extremely poor choice of words, received a tongue lashing from a Garden executive. Other than that, logic suggests Dedes either got fined or was forced to watch “The Best of Jill Martin’s Halftime Interviews.” Now that’s tough “disciplinary action.” New York Daily News

February 22, 2012 Updates
December 25, 2011 Updates

Spero Dedes’ dad was having none of it. Described by his son, the Knicks new radio play-by-play man, as “old school,” Peter Dedes has run the Union Plaza Diner on Route 22 in Union, N.J., for more than 35 years. And he wasn’t keen on dropping $30,000 a year on tuition at Fordham University so his son could get a degree in communications, find that he couldn’t land a job, and return to the diner where Spero had worked while growing up. So Dedes, who never wanted to be anything other than a sportscaster, started his undergraduate career as a business major. It was the only way his dad would agree to pay the freight. New York Post

It was not long after Dedes accepted the Knicks job — but before he had signed his contract — when he was arrested on a DWI charge. Police pulled him over in Southampton early one morning during the July 4 weekend. “I took full responsibility for that,” Dedes said. “It was just kind of a crummy way to make a first impression with a new employer. Here the Knicks are giving me this wonderful opportunity and I kind of felt like I let them down and [also] my family. “It was an unfortunate mistake on my part. ... But the Knicks stood by me and that’s something I’m not going to forget. ... The Knicks could have gone the other way — absolutely. It was a tense couple of days for me. It was not fun.” New York Post

August 26, 2011 Updates

Where Dedes and the Lakers, building toward their own regional sports network through Time Warner Cable for the 2012-13 season, couldn't reconcile was a basic question of whether the world actually revolves around the Lakers. "We wanted someone who would commit to that position and prioritize this job as so important as not to miss games," Black said. "We want that person not to want to do other things. We think it's that important." Orange County Register

Dedes' responsibility, meanwhile, is to develop his brand – which he'll do in a newly expanded role of eight-to-10 NFL broadcasts with analyst Steve Beuerlein on CBS. When Dedes tried to envision turning down every network offer while getting to keep all that he loved about L.A. and the Lakers, it felt uncomfortably "safe." "I resigned myself," he said, "to the fact that maybe this is OK, maybe I can kind of turn off that little fire that I have in my stomach of wanting always to get to the top of my profession." Orange County Register

August 25, 2011 Updates

The new radio voice of the Knicks was nearly silenced. Spero Dedes was named the new radio play-by-play man for the Knicks in early August, but an alleged Hamptons’ DWI arrest in the early morning of July 4 put that hire on hold. “I take full responsibility. It was a 48-hour period where there was a lot of uneasiness,” said Dedes, who will also back up Mike Breen on the MSG Network. New York Post

August 5, 2011 Updates

The Garden finally announced Thursday the hiring of former Lakers broadcaster Spero Dedes as the radio play-by-play announcer for the Knicks. Dedes will also back up MSG Network play-by-play man Mike Breen. The announcement was delayed significantly after Dedes, a Fordham graduate, was arrested July 4 at 4 a.m. in the Hamptons on an alleged DWI charge. The sides were in final contract negotiations before the arrest. “Spero is one of the top play-by-play announcers in the country, and we’re excited that he is returning home to New York and joining MSG Networks,” Dan Ronayne, MSG executive VP, said in a release. New York Post

July 6, 2011 Updates

Spero Dedes, the Fordham graduate who agreed two weeks ago to jump ship from the Lakers and become the radio voice of the Knicks, was arrested for DWI in the Hamptons during the July 4th weekend. Dedes' lawyer, Colin Astarita, told The Post yesterday that he believes a "complete dismissal" will take place, saying, "The early stages from the police paperwork show inconsistencies with the police allegations and what actually transpired that night." New York Post

June 22, 2011 Updates

Spero Dedes, the radio voice of the Lakers for the past six seasons, is coming home, replacing Mike Crispino in the Knicks' ESPN-1050 radio booth. Dedes will also work some TV games on MSG, according to an MSG Network source. Dedes became available three weeks ago when the Lakers were on their way to shaking up their TV booth, culminating Tuesday with veteran voice Bill MacDonald landing the TV play-by-play gig. New York Daily News

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