Adrian Wojnarowski Rumors
Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski released an essay on The Vertical Twitter last night that destroys Dolan, painting the ultimate picture of the Knicks owner as an incompetent and undeserving owner. “Dolan has terrible judgement in people and gets easily manipulated. His instincts are horrible. His circle of advisers as rudderless as Dolan himself. Mostly Jim Dolan is surrounded with sycophants and henchmen who help him carry out his petty grudges and person feuds. Forever feeding his bottomless pit of paranoia.”
NBA scoopmaster Adrian Wojnarowski is close to an agreement to leave Yahoo and join ESPN, according to multiple sources, a huge shakeup in the basketball reporting world that will have a wider-reaching effects beyond where you get your news.
Wojnarowski and Yahoo signed a four-year contract worth over $6 million. According to a source, Wojnarowski’s exit from Yahoo is complicated, and will likely take months to fully sort out. It isn’t clear if the contract has an escape clause, or if ESPN or Wojnarowski is paying Yahoo a buyout, or something else.
A Yahoo spokesperson said the company anticipates “strong synergies between Verizon and Yahoo.” For example, Verizon’s streaming video services could feature video and audio from Adrian Wojnarowski, the sportswriter whose basketball-oriented part of Yahoo Sports, The Vertical with Woj, has been a breakout hit. Verizon has extensive deals for NBA basketball programming. But talk of synergy often precedes layoffs as well. A senior staffer described the concern this way: “There’s a lot of duplication” between Yahoo and AOL, which already has The Huffington Post and other media properties. “They don’t need repetitive sites.”
It was also in Milwaukee that Charania met some of his journalism idols. He introduced himself to Wojnarowski and Jenkins, among others. Wojnarowski, who recalls introducing himself to Bob Ryan as a recent college grad at the 1994 NBA Draft, took a liking to the driven 19-year-old. “You could tell right away he was very serious-minded about it and obviously far ahead of his years in how he was carrying himself and what he was investing into it,” says Wojnarowski.