The Post Is Looking To Buy Out Kornheiser

Friday, April 04, 2008


I missed this on PTI yesterday, but apparently Tony Kornheiser hinted that the Washington Post has been trying to buy him out of his contract for a bit. It probably shouldn't come as a surprise considering big Sports writers around the Country are getting deals, but he's probably the biggest name of the bunch. Via Sports Business Daily....

Tony Kornheiser said on Thursday's edition of ESPN's "PTI" while discussing whether the Knicks should buy out the contract of coach Isiah Thomas, "Let me speak as a man being offered a buyout as we speak. The Washington Post offered me a buyout. My feeling is that buyouts are great, and that if you were to offer me a buyout from newspapers, radio and TV for two years cash right now, you would never see me again."

I was really hoping to see less of Tony on TV but if does take this buyout we'd probably get more of him on-air. But still a very funny line from Kornheiser.

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 2:19 PM

12 Comments:

he's been talking about this on his radio show for a couple of weeks now.

Anonymous said...
Apr 4, 2008, 2:28:00 PM  

I'm in for $20. Who's with me?

twoeightnine said...
Apr 4, 2008, 2:34:00 PM  

This is happening more and more. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Post-Dispatch do that with Rick Hummel somewhere down the line.

Bruce said...
Apr 4, 2008, 3:53:00 PM  

The guy is obviously spread way too thin these days - his column is frequently a rehash of other things he's already discussed either on PTI or his radio show.

Dmac said...
Apr 4, 2008, 3:56:00 PM  

To dmac--his column? He doesn't even write a column anymore. If you go to the WP Website, you'll see he's written one article in the last year and a half. I can't believe the Post is still paying him, just to do those stupid videos with Wilbon that are a rehash of PTI. TK taking a buyout would be the best thing that could happen to the WP sports section--they could use his big salary to hire a columnist or two to actually write more about the local sports teams, something only two of the five columnists there (Wise and Boswell) do on a regular basis (Jenkins lives in NY, Wilbon basically is a national columnist with an occasional Skins or Wizards foray, and Kornheiser doesn't write).

Eric Fingerhut said...
Apr 4, 2008, 4:23:00 PM  

He cannot get rid of his radio show though. One of the best in the country!

Brett said...
Apr 4, 2008, 4:24:00 PM  

Why can't the NY Daily News buy out Lupica?

Anonymous said...
Apr 4, 2008, 5:16:00 PM  

This has become a very common practice recently, especially with the Tribune owned newpapers.

Anonymous said...
Apr 4, 2008, 7:03:00 PM  

i always thought he was being sarcastic on the radio when he talked about being bought out, just commenting on the rash of other buyouts, along the lines of talking about all the retired football players (Trent Green, Warren, Sapp, Brett Favre) taking his job on MNF

Ryan said...
Apr 4, 2008, 7:57:00 PM  

He should do radio and PTI, that's it that's the list

Rob said...
Apr 4, 2008, 9:16:00 PM  

His radio show is top notch, PTI is the best sports show on tv, and, on MNF, he's not bad. He lends a funny everyday type of mentality to the broadcast, and I think that once they got theismann out of the booth and brought in jaworski, things really picked up.

Brian said...
Apr 5, 2008, 2:03:00 PM  

I did not know Tony was still at the Post with all the TV Gigs and his radio show.

Him and Michael Wilbon make insane money...

Anonymous said...
Apr 6, 2008, 9:15:00 AM  

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