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05-29-2011, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by AltDess View Post

Madden: Penguins' crowded booth

Who from "Penguins Management" told Madden this?
Did they give him the OK to put it in print?
Tom McMillan was on Madden's show that very day, albeit talking about something entirely different, he surely knew about the article and "rumor".

Why would Madden, an alleged part of the "Penguins Family", print something so scathing against another member of the "Penguins Family"?

IMO, there is a reason Madden put this in print and spent a week talking about, and I don't think it was simply rumor mongering.
The Penguins management quotes got much to personal for that:
"lazy and often lacks preparation"

Obviously the Pens or Root Sports had discussions with Steigerwald about their concerns, and equally obviously Steigerwald blew them off:
"Management also feels Steigerwald is unworried about these concerns"

So, why the "Rumors are flying" article?
Was it sanctioned by the Pens?
Was it a trail balloon floated by Penguins management to gauge fan reaction about Steigerwald?
Was it to scare Steigerwald straight? (will it work or just piss him off?)

Why was all this internal "Penguins Family" business made public?

Another clue, Madden's first comments about this were on a Monday morning.
Bob Smizik, of all people, had a blog post defending Steigerwald the previous Saturday, before any Madden rumor.
Why would Smizik take time from live blogging Pirates batting practice to post something out of the blue defending Steigerwald?
Who was his source? Steigerwald?

Something is fishy.
First of all: Steigerwald is not a Penguins employee. He is an employee of Root Sports.

Second: Madden has printed false rumors many times in the past. By writing scathing articles about the team, and spouting stuff like this on his radio show, he gets people to pay attention to him, and thus, drives up his ratings - which happens to be what his pay is based on. So you might see how Madden has a bit of self-interest in promoting things that will get attention, even if they aren't accurate.

Finally, you are assuming that he got this information from inside the "Penguins family" - I'm not entirely convinced that his "source" wasn't "Madden's head"... or perhaps, another portion of his body located a bit further down and to the back.

As for Smizik - people complain about Steigerwald all the time. If anything, seeing that article from Smizik could have gotten Madden to decide that this was the perfect time to come up with a rumor about Steigerwald being removed. You're assuming that Smizik, who has never been a hockey fan, and has no contacts within the Penguins, would have gotten insider information from which to base his decision to write about Steigerwald, while I'm assuming that Madden, being the opportunist that he is, saw the reaction to that blog and seized the opportunity to get more attention. Looks like Madden succeeded, to me.

Really, there is no motivation for Root Sports, who is Steigerwald's employer, to make a change there - if they replaced him with Emerick, that would cost them more money. Meanwhile, Penguins broadcasts are bringing in the highest ratings of any regional hockey coverage in the country. They aren't going to make a change there, especially since the Penguins gave up any leverage they would have had by signing a long-term deal with Root Sports already. Unless getting rid of Steigerwald was a secret condition for that contract, you're going to see Steigerwald as the Root Sports play-by-play man next season.

Well, I suppose there is one other possibility: if Steigerwald wanted too much money, he might be replaced. Of course, he'd likely be replaced with someone cheaper, not with Emerick. Same as when Lange wanted too much money to stay with FSN, and got replaced with Steigerwald in the first place.

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