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Post Info TOPIC: Jason LaCanfora leaving the Post for NFL Network

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Date: May 29 1:31 PM, 2009
Jason LaCanfora leaving the Post for NFL Network

That's right, Jason LaCanfora, the combative Redskins beat reporter for the Washington Post, is leaving his job at the newspaper and going to work for the NFL Network, where the man who loathed him the most -- Redskins owner Dan Snyder -- will be obliged to pay 1/32nd of his salary. [The NFL Network is owned by NFL owners.] LaCanfora is doing the right thing for himself, since talking about sports and news is currently a lot more financially rewarding that writing about it. 

LaCanfora had a disputatious relationship with the Redskins management for years. GM/Butler Vinny Cerrato refused to talk to Cerrato and blasted him constantly on that godawful radio show he had on WTEM. Witless Redskins mouthpiece Larry Michaels had a brain-dead segment on his Redskins cable TV show devoted to mocking LaCanfora. However, LaCanfora frequently broke important stories and remained a tenacious chronicler of the Redskins doings and mis-doings. Perhaps LaCanfora should have been the bigger man and not responded to the insults from Redskins management, but he did -- often -- and it led some Redskins fans to regard LaCanfora as hostile to the team. [He wasn't, only hostile to the incompetent and hyper-sensitive team management.] 

No doubt the Redskins and Post hope they can re-start their relationship and make it less antagonistic from now on. We'll see how long that lasts. Any person or media outlet that is properly critical of the dismal way the Redskins are run is going to earn the enmity of Dan Snyder and his various cronies. I hope Mr LaCanfora's replacement will be as probing and combative as he was. 

Meanwhile, it's been a tough few months for the Post's sports section. They recently lost Wizards beat reporter Ivan Carter -- who had a pretty good relationship with the team -- to Comcast Sports, where he hosts Washington Post Live on TV. DC Pro Sports Report wishes Mr LaCanfora all the best in his new endeavor. 


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Date: May 30 10:31 AM, 2009

Well good for JLa. It won't take long for whomever replaces him to run afoul of Snyder and the Iraq Minister of Information. Oh, and the ES homers will be all over him from day one-that's assuming the Post doesn't hire Art.


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Date: Jun 22 10:27 AM, 2009

So word is the Post is bringing in Baltimore Sun columnist Rick Maese to replace LaCanfora as Redskins beat reporter.,70731.0.html


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Date: Jun 22 2:05 PM, 2009

I'm not familiar with Maese but the folks on that site seem to think very highly of the guy. I'll agree with what one of the posters there said, the Redskins are a tough beat to cover. I wish him all the best.

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