Will his return to ESPN to blog and head up a site that aims to discover and develop young, African American sports bloggers – in essence, future Jason Whitlocks – bring JW the fat paycheck and fame he enjoyed here in the Cowtown?
“I’m going to guess Jason may be finally making over $100,000,” says Whitlock pal and sports / media observer Craig Glazer. “Because ESPN is such a monster now and they want Whitlock to be to be a scout now. And they think that five or ten years down the road online blogging will be a big deal. I don’t think it is right now – I think it’s just like you and Tony right now.”
Glazer pegs Whitlock’s paycheck at Fox Sports the past three years @ $50 Grand tops.
“I think that’s exactly what he was making with maybe some expense money,” Glazer says. “I think he’s probably making something like $90,000 now – maybe as high as $150,000. But he’s still not an established, national figure in sports yet. You know, he’s guested on several shows, but until he’s a regular on something, I just think he’s a nobody to most people outside of Kansas City.”
“He’s still relatively young,” Glazer says. “But I don’t think his presence is going to take him to that next level.”
It may tho be a ticket out of cramped apartments and houses into something respectable.
“Yeah, $100,000 to $125,000, that’s not a highly paid job in LA,” Glazer says. “In Kansas City if you can make $125,000 to $150,000, you can live pretty well. You can do almost what I do, but a step below. Now that Jason’s sold his home here – that’s off his back – that was like a black hole.
“But in LA Jason’s a ghost – he’s not even one percent of what he was here – but who knows? The glory days of Jason, I don’t think, ever will return. Because in Kansas City he was the biggest name in sports – everyone was scared of him. And he’s not going to be able to do that in LA. Not if you’re not on all the time. It’s hard to see Whitlock becoming Whitlock like he was here, but he could make a good living.”
A few personal asides…
“Jason hung out with a gorgeous model here in the mid 1990s,” Glazer says. “I went out with her too and I’d see her with Whitlock from time to time. I don’t think she (did) him – she swore she didn’t – but she hung with him because he took her to big events.
“But give the guy credit, at least he has a national presence. Saying he’s not Brad Pitt or Denzel Washington isn’t fair because he was born with the body he has and his looks – he’s a big boy. And when you have that body size and you go and marry somebody, it’s fraught with alligators.”
Could the Scribe see Big Sexy landing a hottie and settling down in a few years?
“Well, I think that’d be tough for anybody in today’s society,” Glazer hedges. “But it’s possible if he gets with the media people out there, but in Kansas City Jason was a lone wolf.”
How about could Whitlock pull off a Craig Glazer lifestyle?
“Can I see that?” Glazer asks. “It’s possible, but I date multiple women and that’s pretty unusual for someone my age. Can Jason do what I’m doing? No. he might be able to find one.
“You need to have the complete package to do what I do. Be great looking and look 20 or more years younger than you are. But there’s someone out there for everyone and Jason could become the Mark Mangino of ESPN writers.
“Look, from a national standpoint he’s doing better than us. And he can live a decent life in LA and he may get ESPN expense money and be able to eat for free – god forbid – but I think he’s on the right track for success. He’s in the youthful future.”