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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.
These dern kids nowadays don’t know how good they got it. That is, essentially, what Drew Remenda had to say in his blog about the big money contract Drew Doughty is likely to get when all is said and done. Also cast as horsemen of the NHL contract apocalypse are Steven Stamkos and possibly our very own Logan Couture.
Yes, 5 to 7 million dollars is a whopping big load of money to get in a year. Yes, it is a pretty large chunk of a team’s salary cap space. Yes, players used to not get so much on their first post-EL contract, not even the up and coming superstars. Oh the horror, the horror!
The show is called Sharks Late Night Confidental and the one you can watch below was done from the hotel in Denver after last night’s game.
I am impressed that both Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda had enough energy to do something like this.
You may not be a fan of the video unless you are a Sharks fans, but wouldn’t it be nice to see something like this from your broadcasting team?
By the way, I asked Randy how many takes to do the video? They nailed it on the first take. True professionals!
from Drew Remenda of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
Every once in a while we come under fire for our work. That comes with the job. Every one of us has been called on the carpet by our superiors for transgressions on the air. In those situations it’s usually because we were harsh and negative about the Sharks. We have never been told what to say but we are reminded that we have to strike a balance between journalistic objectivity and positive exuberance for all things teal. We are reminded we are not journalists. To be smart and don’t insult the intelligence of the fans but at the end of the day the people should know who you work for. The problem with that philosophy is that it’s hard to cover the parade when you are marching in the band.