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TMZ Sports seems to be dying

Mar 10, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT


Darren Rovell passes along word that the efforts of TMZ to expand its salacious paparazzi empire into the world of sports have “fizzled.”  The problem: there aren’t enough athletes acting like jackasses in public.  And people acting like jackasses in public is basically the whole TMZ business model.

And that’s the real dirty underbelly of sports: athletes, for the most part, are kind of boring.  Sure, there are a couple of outliers, but those guys don’t remain athletes long due to the fact that being drunk and acting ridiculous in public generally ends sports careers quickly, thereby rendering TMZ’s would-be targets irrelevant to their enterprise the moment they become subjects of it.  I mean, beyond Miguel Cabrera, who gets third chances in the world of sports?

Now, if someone could make a media empire that focuses on getting paparazzi video of athletes exercising, getting a good night’s sleep, messing with their cell phones, playing golf, hunting and living in bland, gated planned suburban communities they’d really be on to something. Because that’s what the vast majority of them do.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Mar 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    In the scope of reader interest here, any TMZ endeavor was never “living”. Poor old Harvey should stick to The People’s Court”.

  2. Old Gator - Mar 10, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    It should be legal to beat the living shit out of paparazzi when you catch them taking pictures of you. Unfortunately, if we extended that right to the people in the case of slime photographers, we’d probably also have to extend it to cover lawyers as well.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 10, 2011 at 2:59 PM

      I think Craig gave you the lone—at least as of now—thumb down on that one, Gator.

  3. cur68 - Mar 10, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Worst business model for gossip press ever.I wonder who pitched this and then who thought this was good idea and bought into it?Athletes, as was pointed out, are largely boring in their private lives. So long TMZ; I won’t miss ya.

  4. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Mar 10, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Craig, where were you on THIS story???,19412/

    • cur68 - Mar 10, 2011 at 10:59 AM

      We can but pray they took Ollie Perz, too. That would be putting us out of our misery.

    • Old Gator - Mar 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM

      I wrote numerous times over the past two seasons that minor leaguers who didn’t make the Show, or major leaguers who got sent down and buried, were being farmed for ethanol. Nobody listened, as usual. I deserved a Putzular Prize for my reporting, but it went to that clown who covered the Michael Jackson funeral. Here’s my next prediction, and remember you read it here first: If the Libyan rebellion keeps driving food prices up to parity with gasoline prices, pretty soon Bud Light’s demons are going to be using the bodies for Soylent Green too.

      • cur68 - Mar 10, 2011 at 11:24 AM

        What?! It’s made of PEOPLE?!!!

      • Old Gator - Mar 10, 2011 at 2:34 PM

        Yep. That’s why you can’t make really good 2AM fridgeraid fluffernutters with the wafers.

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 10, 2011 at 3:01 PM

        Guess what baby oil and baby powder are made out of?

      • Old Gator - Mar 11, 2011 at 2:09 PM


  5. madaozeki - Mar 10, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    >> I mean, beyond Miguel Cabrera, who gets third chances in the world of sports?

    Steve Howe

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Mar 10, 2011 at 11:30 AM

      Grab your popcorn, ARod-time?

    • heynerdlinger - Mar 10, 2011 at 11:52 AM

      Jeff Francoeur?

  6. yankeesfanlen - Mar 10, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    It’s not baseball, but here’s something for TMZ Sports:

  7. bigtrav425 - Mar 10, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    i F/N DESPISE TMZ and paparazzi.Leave people alone i dont give a F what people are doing as long as they are not killing,raping or molesting.

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