The New York Daily News endured a brutal round of layoffs today. The publication's sports staff was slashed from 35 to nine.
Longtime NBA writer Frank Isola was unfortunately one of those who lost his job. Isola is a New York institution, and he's been getting more play nationally of late due to his appearances on ESPN's Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption.
Isola was on ATH tonight, and he was the winner, beating out Kevin Blackistone in the head-to-head round. It was Isola's 84th all-time win on the program.
After his victory, Isola delivered a heartfelt address on the Daily News' cuts.
"A lot of great people lost their jobs today," Isola said. "That's the livelihood and their careers...We need newspapers. We need journalism in this country."
You can view Isola's full comments below.
Isola will likely be fine. He'll land on his feet at ESPN, Yahoo or perhaps The Athletic as a national NBA writer/insider.
However, it doesn't make it any less brutal that he and 34 others lost their jobs today. The whole situation stinks.