Richie tees it up as the Village Voice organization "downsizing" by eliminating "full-time" sports.
This site has no idea whether this is the case, or whether, as less charitable minds might wonder, Richie's bosses got a little uneasy with him commenting on an industry segment (DFW sports radio) in which he is prominently employed, and writing about a team (Cowboys) that his station carries and whose game-day shows he hosts.
Now I'll tell you right now that I don't find that to be a terrible conflict. To the extent that it is, it is a disclosed conflict and readers and listeners can make up their own minds.
But there's something else: He's become a little newsier himself than perhaps his editors are entirely comfortable with. There was the Greggo blowup, and the widespread suspicion that he was anonymously commenting on his own stories hoping it would blow over. (I know of no confirmation of this.) That, if confirmed to his supervisors' satisfaction, would be tough to take, and his proximity to Greggo eruptions make him radio news in a way he hasn't been in the past, casting a somewhat fuzzy conflict into much sharper relief.
Well, maybe this will give him more time to keep an eye on Greggo. Although I doubt that his Observer gig would ever threaten to make him wealthy, if he lost the Fan exposure, he'd vanish entirely.
All further evidence, if any were needed, that partnering with Greg Williams is a high-wire act.
I'm not a RaGE hater and I've defended Richie's Observer work. I don't listen to RaGE often, I don't find it consistently entertaining, but I've found things to like about it from time to time. I wish him well.
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