Jerry Manuel, still WatchDog's Media Person of Year
Not included in my Sports Media Year in Review below is my New York Sports Media Person of the Year. That's because I awarded it three months ago to Jerry Manuel.
But it's instructive to look back to this time last year and recall who the 2007 winner was: Hank Steinbrenner.
Now he isn't even the most important Son of Steinbrenner in media terms.
Hey, stuff happens. Let's end our blogging day and week by seeing how some of my "Fearless Predictions for 2008" in the editions of Dec. 30, 2007, came out.
Click below for that.1. Bryant Gumbel won't return to play-by-play on the NFL Network and Tony Kornheiser won't return to "Monday Night Football." (OK, 1-for-2 there. Not bad.)
2. Goldman Sachs again will prove its ability to collect cold, hard cash when it unloads its stake in the YES Network for in excess of $1 billion for less than half ownership. (Oops. That was back before the pyramid scheme that was the U.S. economy of the 21st century collapsed.)
3. The NHL won't return to ESPN. (Right.) The Giants and Jets won't announce the sale of personal seat licenses for their new stadium. (Wrong.) WFAN's afternoon show won't leave YES, where it is signed through December. (Right.) The NFL Network won't strike a deal with Big Cable. (Right.) But all of those things will happen in 2009. (Wrong.)
4. The dustup this month over rising prices for Mets and Yankees tickets will seem tame when the bill for the teams' new stadiums comes due. (True.)
5. ESPN, Yahoo, Sports Illustrated and other media goliaths desperate for content will continue to stage bidding wars for top sportswriting talent, raiding staffs of cash-strapped major newspapers in search of underpaid stars ready to bolt. Call me. (They didn't.)