Blue Jackets Ditch Reporter Over the Word Disappointing
FS Ohio Reporter Jim Day
We’re not really familiar with FS Ohio’s Jim Day, the reporter for the Columbus Blue Jackets broadcasts on the network. We’ve written his name down in the Open Threads and we noted how he referred to a March tilt vs. Dallas as “The biggest game in CBJ history”. Overall, seemed a nice guy. But now he’s been asked to be remove from the Blue Jackets broadcasting team, and for reasons that to me seem ludicrous. The venerable Columbus writer Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers has the story:
Some of this stuff is hard to believe. Sources have told The Dispatch that the Blue Jackets tended to complain weekly — sometimes more often — about Day, including a memorable “morning after” teleconference this season when Day dared to use the word “disappointing” to describe a 3-1 deficit in St. Louis on March 28.
That’s right. The offensive word was “disappointing.”
Also, Blue Jackets management remains angry, according to sources, that Day did not conform to the club’s request to NOT mention late majority owner John H. McConnell on the night the Blue Jackets clinched a playoff spot, April 8 in Chicago. He also didn’t follow along by ignoring that it took the club eight seasons to make the playoffs.
The other broadcasters got the memo and followed along, leaving lots of Blue Jackets fans wondering why their announcers were so subdued on such a historic night for the franchise and for Columbus sports. Later, when the fans found out why the long-awaited moment was so, um, “unhistoric,” fans were mad. Rightly so.
What a ridiculous load of crap, to want an announcer gone for calling a key loss “disappointing”. This is flat-out unprofessional for the Blue Jackets to request and, frankly, it’s big blow to the credibility of a franchise if they treat its’ personnel this way. Portzline has the ultimate bottom-line on how it’s going to affect the perception of this hockey team:
Nobody with any legitimacy whatsoever is going to feel comfortable taking a broadcasting job with the Blue Jackets if the word “disappointing” is deemed inappropriate. Word travels fast in the world of broadcasting, believe me. Faster than the speed of newspaper, certainly. Faster even than the blogosphere. The constant meddling in the booth is quickly making Columbus an organization that folks in the business whisper about, usually with a roll of the eyes. One big-time national broadcaster — not John Buccigross — told me a year ago that he’d love to work for the Blue Jackets, if only he could convince his wife to move to Columbus. When I talked him today and asked the same question, he chuckled: “Not a chance.”
Anyone wanna guess the name of that broadcaster? Not to be too flippant about it but this kind of thing just can’t fly if this team wants to be taken legitimately.