Ric Bucher Rumors

Despite Wojnarowski’s past at ESPN—or perhaps because of it—his relationship with the network borders upon hatred as closely as anything in the sports media world. “I’ve had agents and executives tell me Woj has a jihad against ESPN,” said Bleacher Report’s (and formerly ESPN’s) Ric Bucher. “He has a mission to take ESPN down.” Bucher wasn’t the only person to use the word “jihad” to describe how Wojnarowski approaches competition with ESPN. Wojnarowski seizes every opportunity to take shots at ESPN, often referring to it as “that cheerleading network” or “a sports cable network” in his columns.
Ric Bucher, the former ESPN columnist and TV analyst, announced on twitter this week that he’s headed to Bleacher Report. Bucher and ESPN parted ways last September, and he turned his focus to a radio gig and writing for CSN Bay Area. In addition, he joined a social media training firm. The firm – Everything is on the Record – made Bucher a partner, and he occasionally works with teams, individual players, and coaches on how to handle the media. Bucher confirmed to me this week that he’s still going to work with the firm in addition to his Bleacher Report columnist gig. After poking around a bit, it seems like this sort of thing – not necessarily being a partner in a firm, but doing consulting on the side with subjects who journalists report about – is becoming increasingly commonplace in 2013.
I wish Hollinger all the best of luck. Truly a nice, congenial guy. I believe being on the business side of a team will be eye-opening for him because he sometimes wrote and said things about the game and the league that came off as naive. His hire reflects the wave of analytics-driven, fantasy-league- raised owners that have entered the NBA. Hollinger speaks their language and these owners are convinced that they know basketball because they know numbers. I have yet to see an analytics-driven team win a title or even exceed expectations.
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (@CSNAuthentic), part of the NBC Sports Group and the on-air and online home of “Authentic Bay Area Sports,” today announced that veteran sports journalist and national sports media figure Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) has joined the network. In his new role as an “NBA Insider,” Bucher will be a sideline reporter for the Golden State Warriors home telecasts and will provide coverage across the network’s growing list of multi-platform outlets including CSNBayArea.com’s “WarriorsTalk” page, and for SportsNet Central, Chronicle Live, Warriors Pregame Live, Warriors Postgame Live and other NBA programming. The announcement was made by Ted Griggs, President of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
It’s been a busy few weeks for ESPN on the NBA front. The network revamped its NBA show, ESPN Countdown, and sources also say ESPN tried to hire Yahoo NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski to beef up its basketball reporting. (He’s not the first Yahoo writer ESPN has tried to acquire – 11 months ago, the WWL nearly poached Charles Robinson.) A source says Wojnarowski decided to stay at Yahoo. The Executive Editor of Yahoo Sports, Bob Condor, didn’t return a call seeking comment.