After cutting staff, Jamie Horowitz is cut himself by FOX Sports

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These are strange days at FOX Sports.

Just last week, the biggest news in the sports media and business world was that FOX Sports National Networks President Jamie Horowitz had decided to fire the entire writing staff at FOXSports.com, deciding that readers weren’t interested in reading writers’ online content. Instead, under the Horowitz plan, the content at FOXSports.com would come from FOX Sports’ TV talent, with things like radio host Colin Cowherd’s opinions comprising the entirety of the website.

This week the biggest news in the sports media and business world is that Horowitz just got fired.

The reasons for the firing aren’t clear, although an email from FOX Sports President Eric Shanks to members of the staff implies that there were problems with Horowitz not adhering to professional conduct.

“Everyone at FOX Sports, no matter what role we play, or what business, function or show we contribute to — should act with respect and adhere to professional conduct at all times. These values are non-negotiable,” Shanks wrote in his email.

Shanks added that a replacement for Horowitz will be found, but until then, Shanks himself is taking on Horowitz’s duties. It remains to be seen whether the next person in the job will stay the course that Horowitz set out. Either way, it’s apparently too late to save the jobs of the people Horowitz let go last week.

20 responses to “After cutting staff, Jamie Horowitz is cut himself by FOX Sports

  1. Cowherd is terrible. He is annoying and I’d almost rather listen to Skip Bayless than him. He’s not as bad as Bayless, but he’s close.

  2. When reached for comment Shannon Sharpe said…….something. Fortunately, he doesn’t open his mouth wide enough to comprehend the noises come out of his mouth.

  3. Fox Sports will eventually be just a delivery system for football and the World Series. No news, no websites, no talking heads. I doubt anyone will notice.

  4. I’ve actually enjoyed Fox sports radio/FS1 much more than ESPN lately. Nothing worse than that 6pm sportscenter with jamile and whoever that dude is. just a terrible show.

  5. I like the Fox Sports formula, they make it really easy to avoid Shannon Sharpe, Skip Bayless and Colin Cowherd in a one-stop (non) shop

  6. “Everyone at FOX Sports, no matter what role we play, or what business, function or show we contribute to — should act with respect and adhere to professional conduct at all times. These values are non-negotiable,”

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    Isn’t this the same network that just hired Skip Bayless?

  7. It is funny, and it is fitting.

    Reading other news sources, Horowitz apparently was fired in relation to sexual harassment issues. Not sure whether that’s true or not; that’s what’s being reported.

    This is his second firing in 3 years. The first was after he tried a huge makeover of the Today Show after a couple of months on the job.

    Frankly, the idea of eliminating written comment entirely from a web-based sports news media source is another over-the-top big splash deal that seems to be risky to the point of being suicidal. Perhaps he should be renamed “Kamikaze Horowitz.”

    Too bad he took so many others down just before he got canned. Yathink he’ll ask them to act as references?

  8. Oh yeah, it’s also reported that Horowitz has already retained a lawyer to sue Fox Sports over his firing. It’s pretty clear he wound up being a negative value for Fox Sports.

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