Talks Between Dan McNeil, WSCR 'In Fourth Quarter'
August 1, 2014 at 3:59 AM (PT)
DAN MCNEIL's contract negotiations at CBS RADIO Sports WSCR-A (670 THE SCORE)/CHICAGO continues, and ROBERTFEDER.COM reports that while SVP/Market Manager ROD ZIMMERMAN says the parties are "still talking" and expects a resolution in the next week or so, sources tell FEDER that the station is considering replacements for MCNEIL in middays alongside co-host MATT SPIEGEL.
FEDER has reported that MCNEIL has asked for a raise from $300,000 to $500,000 and the afternoon-drive slot; MCNEIL posted on FACEBOOK, "I'm sorry I don't have any real news on my future at THE SCORE. We're still talking, but the game is in the fourth quarter. Sincerest thanks to all who've expressed they miss me. Hang tight. I'm not done world shakin' just yet."
And MCNEIL, who has been off the air since JUNE, told the CHICAGO TRIBUNE's ED SHERMAN that if he does leave radio for a time, he would use the time off to write a book about his son's autism. "I've been thinking about this for five years," MCNEIL told SHERMAN. "I want to write about how autism has affected the journey through life for a family in Northwest INDIANA. I'd like to leave a greater footprint in my career than just talking about point spreads and pucks." He said that the talks with THE SCORE have been "amicable," but when asked about the station getting a discount for being loyal to him through absences for depression and substance abuse issues, MCNEIL said, "Yes, they were loyal to me. They were rewarded for their loyalty by me continuing to provide big ratings."