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Fire Jon Barry – ESPN, Organizational Inertia, and Pondering How on Earth Jon Barry is Still Employed



Organizational Inertia is the bane of my existence.  If there is one thing that grinds my gears it’s hearing that something can’t or shouldn’t be changed because “that’s the way we’ve always done it.”  I think ESPN suffers from this.  There is no other way for me to square the fact that Jon Barry still has a job broadcasting games for them.

After spending the past month and a half closely evaluating Jon Barry’s Broadcasts  I have come to a some conclusions.

First, Jon Barry is horrendously bad.  Not just sort of bad, or mildly annoying, or bad from time to time (which is totally understandable, nobody is perfect all the time), he is consistently spectacularly awful at what he does.  You can bank on it.  When I started doing the breakdowns, I worried that I wouldn’t be able to find enough stuff to use to show how bad he was.  Boy, was I wrong.  I had to learn to pace myself, as I would end up with like 20 clips of awfulness from the first half of the broadcast alone.  I had to learn to record only the most stupefyingly stupid things that Jon Barry said, just to keep the breakdowns manageable.

So how awful has he been?  Check it: In the past month and a half, he has dropped the F-bomb on air, made fun of Dikembe Motumbo’s accent (which is perhaps mildly racist but certainly inappropriate – particularly the timing, as it happened just after Mike Tirico was talking about the weird demise of some of Dikembe’s Nuggets teammates), consistently misdiagnosed screen and rolls (check out any of my broadcast breakdowns for this, I think they all feature some type of misread, calling a screen and pop or just a plain screen a screen and roll), had about a 99% disapproval rating from basketball twitter, and didn’t pronounce the names of multiple players correctly (again, most breakdowns feature this, just check one out).

That list that is Baxterlike in it’s amazingness.  Most people, were they to do even one of those things, or the equivalent, over the course of a month, would be suspended or fired.

But Jon Barry is not most people.  He continues on, oblivious to the criticism, spewing forth empty falsities with his trademark condescending smugness, broadcasting away on ESPN, while we are left listening to him destroy the game that we love.  Like one of those terrible CBS shows that nobody watches but is somehow in like Season 17, Jon Barry endures.

Fire Jon Barry – The Replacements

I don’t want to be the guy who just complains about something without suggesting alternatives – something inherently Jon-Barry-like about the laziness of that approach. I do want Jon Barry fired, though. Since I do, probably makes sense to suggest some options if the Fire Jon Barry movement is successful. (Keeping it upful and rightContinue Reading

Fire Jon Barry – If He Doesn’t First Get Himself Fired

Welp, I think Jon Barry’s job might literally be at risk.  Dropping an F-Bomb on live television when you are a broadcast analyst is like the announcing equivalent of George Costanza having sex with the maid on his desk.  Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I would be a little bummed ifContinue Reading

Fire Jon Barry – The Patterns Emerge

Watching Jon Barry closely over the past month, has taught me a couple things.  It feels a little weird to actively campaign for someone to be fired, no matter how awful they are at their job.  Also, Jon Barry is totally awful at his job.  I have been watching and waiting to pounce when heContinue Reading

NBA Announcer Six Sigma Evaluation Tool

The whole point of this site is to get people on board with the fire Jon Barry because he sucks movement.  I think it’s clear why Jon Barry sucks as an announcer, but wanted to delve deeper into what makes an announcer great, and why Jon Barry fails so completely.  I think it’s possible toContinue Reading

Jon Barry and The Miami Heat

The dumb shit that Jon Barry has said about the Miami Heat is a fascinating microcosm of just how completely out of touch he is with analyzing the game of basketball.  It’s shocking.  This interview with the Miami Herald contains so much stuff that JB continues to spew.  This interview, which happened because Heat fansContinue Reading

Fire Jon Barry? Yes, Please. But Why?

I am going to lay out the case for Jon Barry to be fired from ESPN.  Why you ask?  Good question.  Haralabob, while watching Jon Barry one night, and, presumably, becoming overwhelmed with frustration, set up a contest to see who would make the best site dedicated to pushing for Jon Barry to be fired. Continue Reading

Fire Jon Barry Misfits