Mike Lupica loses job with NY Daily News due to cutbacks

For over three decades, Mike Lupica was the Daily News big sports columnist. That run came to an end on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.
For over three decades, Mike Lupica was the Daily News big sports columnist. That run came to an end on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

In a story that was broken earlier by Politico Media, New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica lost his job due to cutbacks. He and the paper couldn’t reach agreement on a new deal. With New York’s hometown paper losing money, they had to downsize. Also gone are sports editor Terri Thompson and Daily News columnist Bill Hammond who sent out this tweet below.

It’s a sad time for the Daily News. But also shows the unfortunate side of the newspaper business. With online content growing more popular, they have started hiring entry level writers to work in their Jersey City office. Times have changed. The days of people buying the paper are dwindling. Most of us have computers and are able to access stories without spending a dime.

News owner Mort Zuckerman had recently attempted a sale of the paper, which is said to lose between $20 million and $30 million a year. He took it off the market after failing to attract any serious bids during the six months the News and its Jersey City printing plant were on the block.

Lupica is 63 and has been with the Daily News since 1977. He joined up after working for the New York Post at the age of 23 where he covered the Knicks. His Shooting From The Lip columns in the Sunday paper were always entertaining. Whether you agreed or disagreed, it was a fun read. Like most famous sportswriters, Lupica became bigger starring on ESPN’s The Sports Reporters and even hosting his own show on ESPN Radio before it was canceled.

Considering how much success he’s had writing best seller books, Lupica will be fine. He’ll probably wind up with ESPN in a more prominent role. Considering that they let Bill Simmons go, it makes sense. As much as I disliked some of his bias with an anti-Yankee agenda and pro Mets, he was a good writer who brought a lot to the table. Ironically, his last article that appeared was about Hillary Clinton on Monday discussing her struggles as a Presidential candidate compared with Donald Trump.

Lupica made no secret on his show that he bled Giant blue. So, he also did a column on the confusion between Eli Manning and Rashad Jennings that led to a awful loss in Dallas. Now comes word that he is out at a paper he helped build for over three decades. It was a great run. All runs must end. So, Lupica moves on.

For years, I had a open Facebook group called Mike Lupica Is A Fraud. It remains up and new members continue to join. Many will celebrate this news. However, I won’t. The news of someone losing a job is sad. It’s nothing to get excited over. When your team wins a big game or you accomplish something big, that’s worth celebrating. In this country, we like to kick someone when they’re down. I’m not that way. Watch The Breakfast Club. You can learn a lot about wholesome values.

As we bid adieu to Lupica, good luck in the future.

An Inspired Blogger,

Derek B. Felix

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Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.

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