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Kim Jones Leaving YES, But Why?

By Mike Silva ~ January 25th, 2012. Filed under: YES.

Newsday’s Neil Best broke the story last night that Kim Jones is leaving the YES Network. Jones is a SMW favorite, and was nominated for a 2012 “Stock Up” award earlier this year.

Both Best and the Daily News’ Bob Raissman discussed Jones departure on Twitter last night. Each, however, had a different spin.

After seven seasons at YES, @YESKimJones will not return in 2012. YES offered her a contract but she opted to explore other opportunities,Wed Jan 25 00:27:33 via web

YES and Kim Jones part.YES source says Jack Curry’s
expanded presence made her “expendable.” Will Pope reach out to a damsel in distress?Wed Jan 25 01:00:38 via Twitter for iPhone

The difference in opinion comes from Raissman saying Jones was considered expendable, while both Best and Phil Mushnick of the NY Post report the two sides could not come to a contract agreement. In the end, it’s probably over money as Jones increased profile undoubtedly would come with a higher price tag for the network. Perhaps that is what Raissman means by her being “expendable.”

The initial speculation is that Jack Curry would take over for Jones on the sidelines. We saw Curry do some of that work this past season. The former New York Times scribe does a great job of analysis in the studio. He is also not afraid to rankle the team, which was evident during the Joe Girardi/A.J. Burnett controversy in Minnesota. In a network known for pom-poms, Curry is none of that and would be a great choice.

Best went on to debunk any rumors that Curry is taking over, as he tweeted that its “likely” that Curry will stay in his current role.

What does this mean for the future of Jones? She should do well, as I think she proved her worth with her Penn State coverage on WFAN. She isn’t an info-babe like Erin Andrews, Jones actually enjoys and watches sports, and attempts to inject journalism into a world more focused on entertainment. I think aspiring female reporters certainly should look to her as one of the better examples in the industry.

Both Best and Phil Mushnick of the NY Post report the NFL Network might be an option for her going forward. Remember, Jones was the Giants beat reporter and NFL columnist for the Star-Ledger before she moved to YES in 2004. She also has been doing a ton of fill-in work at WFAN. She filled-in for the Morning Show with Chris Carlin, and has been frequently in-studio with Mike Francesa since the Penn State story broke. I can’t see her just doing rotational work at WFAN. From what I understand, the pay isn’t all that good, and she has moved past that being her full-time gig. Could she ever host a full-time show on the station? I could see that, but where is the opening? None of the prime slots appear to be changing in the near future.

Raissman, always know for throwing out cryptic industry rumors on Twitter, sent this message about Jones’ “hard-hitting” style with YES that sometimes was known to rankle Joe Torre.

And who can forget those days when the front office fed Kimberly Jones those questions to ask Joe Torre. #Al YankzeeraWed Jan 25 01:11:20 via Twitter for iPhone

Would it surprise me that the Yankees use YES to shape a message? You know I have been critical of their “gulag-type” ways for years. I have no knowledge they did this with Jones, and if they did, but Raissman did report in 2006 that “YES suits, working in concert with Yankee front-office operatives, planted questions with Jones intended to put Torre on the hot seat.”

Raissman could say that Jones was expendable, and in many ways most everyone in media is, but I think she had a good combination of personality and information during a time where looks and fashion seem to be highest on networks list when hiring a sideline reporter.

I think Penn State coverage is Jones shining moment to date. As for her time on YES, I will remember her asking tough questions that rankled Torre, but on a lighter note who can forget the Pork Chop incident.

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Mike Silva has hosted sports shows on 107.1 FM Champions ESPN Radio Long Island ,1240 AM WGBB , Blog Talk Radio and live from Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant. He’s also built and maintained two popular social media hubs: New York Baseball Digest and Sports Media Watchdog. Mike has broken national and local stories, as well as been mentioned on the YES Network, SNY.tv, WFAN, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, NY Daily News, New York Magazine, Journal News and the NY Post. Contact Mike professionally at mikesilvamedia.com

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1 Response to Kim Jones Leaving YES, But Why?

  1. Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest » Blog Archive » Did the Yankees Front Office Build Kim Jones’ Profile?

    [...] Over at Sports Media Watchdog, I broke down the news regarding Kim Jones departure from the YES Network. It appears that Newsday’s Neil Best and Bob Raissman of the Daily News have a difference of opinion about how “expendable” Jones was to the network. [...]

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