The Sporting News
Vociferous former Philadelphia Inquirer columnist and ESPN talking head Stephen A. Smith at last has seen a small measure of victory following what has been mostly a sharp decline in his career the past few years now that an arbiter has ruled that his dismissal from the Philly paper was unjust and violated the collective bargaining agreement with the Philadelphia Newspaper Guild.
The ruling may spell a return for Smith to the paper with backpay, or simply financial restitution.
Smith was fired in January 2008, almost three years after he was offered a daily show by ESPN, an offer which resulted in Smith asking the Inquirer to modify his contract so he could do both the show and write his column. More…