Why he doesn’t appear to yet have cashed his once-rumored $2 million, three year paycheck. And why after blogging in the shadows the past three years since leaving the newspaper, he’s leaving Fox Sports and mounting a new campaign to achieve fame and fortune on ESPN.
“Part of the problem is he just wasn’t that good on television.” says sports scribe and Whitlock pal Craig Glazer. “Or even on radio. He wasn’t horrible but…He spoke real slow and he wasn’t funny. I mean, he’s clever and smart but…”
In an interview yesterday on the B.S. Report podcast, a jovial Whitlock said he’d met with ESPN head dude John Skipper and he was chomping at the bit to start a new website where he would work with young writers and help “shape the conversation surrounding sports.”
“The big question is will he just be online as a writer, or will he have other duties,” Glazer says. “When he went to Fox everybody thought he would be doing something besides blogging, but he never did.”
“Making $50,000 to $70,000 tops a year is not enough to live very well in LA,” Glazer says. “It’s tough. I had to leave there and I was making over $100,000 and I was broke and couldn’t pay my bills. I heard about all (Jason) had out there was his car and his chunky monkey wardrobe and that’s about it.”
“I don’t think Jason had a very good TV or radio presence.” Glazer reiterates. “He’s a really big guy who talks real slow – and that’s OK if he was a former NFL star but…”
The bottom line on Whitlock’s reascension:
“The jury’s out on Jason but give the guy credit, it’s tough out there in Las Angeles,” Glazer says. “But sports is so big now, I can see him getting his shot now…I mean, in a minute, ESPN’s going to be covering high school football – it’s that big right now.”