ESPN is employing Yahoo’s star basketball contributor Adrian Wojnarowski
May 1, 2017 - Basketballs
Last week, ESPN cut some of a reporters and on-air personnel. But a sports programmer is also hiring: It has finalized a understanding to sinecure Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo’s star NBA reporter.
Sources informed with ESPN’s devise contend Wojnarowski will start operative for ESPN after a Jun 22 NBA draft. (Correction: An progressing chronicle of this story wrongly reported that Wojnarowski and some of this group would start operative for ESPN in time to cover a draft). I’m told a network also intends to move aboard some of a staff of The Vertical, a NBA site Wojnarowski launched for Yahoo 2016.
An ESPN repute declined to comment; I’ve asked Wojnarowski for criticism though haven’t listened back.
Wojnarowski tweeted this out after we published this story; Yahoo’s PR dialect also forwarded a twitter in response to my ask for comment.
Wojnarowski is a highest-profile contributor covering pro basketball and is a one-man dip machine, best famous for tracking actor trades and signings; he is famed for dispensing his scoops in genuine time on Twitter.
Bringing him aboard means ESPN is employing a many prominent and extreme competitor.
Wojnarowski’s sinecure is also function during a same time that ESPN is vouchsafing some of a other basketball talent go. Last week, longtime ESPN NBA reporters Marc Stein and Chad Ford pronounced they were partial of a company’s mass layoffs.
Last year, Wojnarowski started The Vertical as partial of a four-year understanding reportedly value millions. His depart means that Verizon, that is scheduled to acquire Yahoo for $4.5 billion in June, won’t get one of Yahoo’s highest-profile talents as partial of a deal.
People informed with both companies contend Yahoo told Verizon that Wojnarowski competence leave final fall; Deadspin reported on his probable depart in February.
Last year on Recode Media, we spoke to Wojnarowski about because he done a burst from imitation to Yahoo: