Last month ESPN fired over 100 on-air personalities and reporters due to budget cuts. Then the World Wide Leader in Sports announced the break up of their most popular radio show Mike and Mike. Now, there are reports that Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic are not on speaking terms off-air due to tensions between the duo.
“It’s really a poisonous atmosphere right now,” said one longtime ESPNer who has worked on the show. “Most of us don’t see the show lasting through its contractual end [which is believed to be the end of December]. But I give both these guys immense credit because when the light comes on, you would not know what’s going on. They are pros on air.”
“They are marvelous actors on set,” said another ESPN on-air staffer, who speaks to both Greenberg and Golic. “But they barely even make eye contact with each other these days.”
“They virtually ignore each other off air,” said a third ESPN staffer who has previously worked on the show and said such tension has existed since late last year.
It seems like Golic is pissed off that Greenberg never told him about his intentions to pursue his own show.
“From Golic’s perspective, he thinks Mike [Greenberg] should have come to him and told him he wanted to do his own thing,” an ESPN employee said. “But Greeney is very non-confrontational, truly a nice guy, and he would say that it wasn’t incumbent on him to tell Golic everything about what he wanted to do professionally. I guess I can see both sides.”
I agree with Golic on this one, Greeny should have told his longtime radio partner of his intentions. I think he owes Golic that respect after all these years together.
As for ESPN PR, could things get any worse for the sports media giant?