In the never ending NY Daily News saga, more well known writers lost their jobs. They include baseball columnist Bill Madden, Filip Bondy and Wayne Coffey. All were outstanding.
As we noted last night, Madden was a lifer who started covering the Yankees in ’78 before graduating to a columnist in ’89. Bondy had been a fixture always putting together interesting columns on a variety of subjects including tennis and soccer. He also delved into hockey once failing to comprehend why blocked shots mattered under former Rangers coach John Tortorella. Even if he missed the point entirely, he was a quality writer. More than one can say for Phil Mushnick, who repeatedly bashes easy target Mike Francesa in the rival NY Post. Is there an angrier person than Mushnick?
Coffey was a favorite of mine specializing in Sunday front page stories on sports athletes who had to overcome many obstacles. It is sad to see him go. He tweeted goodbye earlier.
What it boils down to is in today’s world of social media, these writers have become expendable. Especially with the News losing so much money. How can they afford to keep them? Mike Lupica is one of the highest paid writers in the country. There’s still a chance he could stay on in a lesser role. Neither side commented on contract negotiations.
Other esteemed Daily News fixtures who were laid off include Roger Rubin, Hank Gola, Stephen Lorenzo and Teri Thompson. It’s a sad time when so many people lose jobs for the only place they knew.