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Sharks color commentator Drew Remenda let go

Somewhat ironically, on the same day that the Mercury News's Mark Purdy reported that the San Jose Sharks want to renegotiate their cable TV deal, their cable TV provider, Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area, made a controversial personnel decision. The Mercury News's David Pollak reports that long-time Sharks color commentator Drew Remenda has been informed that his services will no longer be needed:

"They decided not to renew my contract," Remenda said Tuesday. "It wasn't because of anything I did or anything wrong. It was explained to me they wanted to take the broadcast in a different direction. Honestly, we parted amicably."

Remenda, who just completed his 13th season as television analyst alongside Randy Hahn, was an assistant coach with the Sharks from 1991 to 1995 before becoming an analyst. Prior to his TV spot, he was the radio color commentator working with Dan Rusanowsky.

"When I first got there as an assistant coach, they asked me what was my goal," Remenda said. "I said I hoped I'd be there for five years. I ended up being there for 20. I would love to tell you there's some big conspiracy there, but they've been great to me."

Remenda said he had "kind of an inkling," his contract might not be renewed, so hearing the actual words from chief operating officer John Tortora was not that difficult.

"The hardest thing is to think I'm not a San Jose Shark any more," Remenda said.

Continued, and Pollak also addresses the issue in an "In the Corners" blog entry that discusses GM Doug Wilson's comments about the Sharks being a "rebuilding" team.

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Hootinani's avatar

One of the most annoying commemtators in the league, good riddance.  Now if they can just get that twirp out of Carolina, and get rid of Oldick of course, I would never have to mute my TV during a game again.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/18/14 at 08:09 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Since Comcast owns CSN and NBC both, this probably means goodbye to him on national NBC telecasts as well.

Posted by Primis on 06/18/14 at 10:46 AM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

First the Nashville color commentator and now Drew?  Someone out in the broadcasting world loves me.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 06/18/14 at 12:49 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

I thought the San Jose lead announcer was much worse. He was a big whiner.

Posted by bigfrog on 06/18/14 at 10:40 PM ET

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