Stacey Dales Confirms ESPN Contract Dispute

Friday, February 13, 2009


A few months back, I posted the depressing news that Stacey Dales wasn't returning to ESPN, and the apparent reason was because the "Leader" wouldn't grant her first-class travel request. Well in an interview with the Daily Oklahoman, Dales confirms said rumor and said that she just "had to take a stand"....

In negotiating a new three-year contract in December, Dales said she reached an impasse with the network over a travel provision that she did not specify. However, an ESPN source confirmed an Internet report that Dales was unhappy with flying coach while many of her colleagues were flying first class.

"At some point, you have to take a stand at whatever you are doing in life,” Dales said. "That’s not sounding like a feminist. That’s not sounding like a spoiled, rotten kid. That’s making a business decision that affects the quality of your life. That was an important thing for me.”

"ESPN was a great launching pad for something new,” she said. "I had a great experience with them.”
Again, it seems like a petty detail on both parties behalf, but like Dales said....I guess you have to take a stand. If I was any other network, I'd jump at the chance to hire Dales. In fact, I wouldn't even waste her talent on the sideline. Find a studio or booth for her already.

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Posted by Awful Announcing at 1:07 PM

10 Comments:

It seems pretty stupid to quit your job over a few more inches of leg room.

GMoney said...
Feb 13, 2009, 1:26:00 PM  

Booth, studio, sideline, anywhere for Dales. She is a class act and very knowledgable, and of course camera friendly. Think ESPN might wish they'd have ponied up for 1st class instead of letting her walk and having to replace her with that hack Jeannine Edwards.

TomahawkFlop said...
Feb 13, 2009, 1:32:00 PM  

You let your employer dick you around with something "small" like first class or coach flights, then they'll think they can dick you around with something much more important. Good for her.

jnut7 said...
Feb 13, 2009, 1:38:00 PM  

I think the travel arangement thing was just to cover up her displeasure in working with Paul Maguire. She'll land on her feet soon enough, if not, she's always welcome at my place.

walnuts said...
Feb 13, 2009, 1:43:00 PM  

Agreed. The Big 10 Network sure could use her, and I think she'd be great on CBS as well. She beats any other sideline reporter out there since SHE ACTUALLY PLAYED!!!

Eric said...
Feb 13, 2009, 2:40:00 PM  

Stacey should go west to FOX.

Michael said...
Feb 13, 2009, 3:21:00 PM  

I'll guarantee with the amount of travel she does, she's got status with multiple airlines.
I'd bet she gets upgraded regardless every time she flies.

hillbilly said...
Feb 13, 2009, 4:18:00 PM  

If her colleagues can travel first class, why not her? Stupid place for ESPN to draw a line in the sand. Losing someone as talented as she is over something so small is another example of the WWL's idiocy. Good luck to Stacey. She won't be out of work long.

Mike said...
Feb 13, 2009, 4:39:00 PM  

STACEY DALES:
"ESPN was a great launching pad for something new,” she said. "I had a great experience with them.”

did she just use the WWL like Lane Kiffin used the Oakland Raiders?

questionmark said...
Feb 13, 2009, 4:45:00 PM  

let her pay for her own upgrades.

odessasteps said...
Feb 13, 2009, 8:18:00 PM  

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