Marshall Harris Landed a New Gig

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He’s heading west to take the sports director job at CBS Sacramento:

This is the lead sports anchor gig in a relatively large market. Nielsen ranks the Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto DMA #20 in the country, sandwiched between Cleveland and Saint Louis. Don Bell, who is close with Harris and records the “Zero Fs Given” podcast with him, is the CBS 3 Sports Director.

Harris, you’ll recall, was let go by NBC Sports Philadelphia in March as part of a larger and somewhat head-scratching shuffle. He was on the younger side of the Philly broadcasting talent spectrum and was seen as a flexible guy who could cover a variety of sports and roles.. His departure coincided with a larger rejiggering that also included NBCSP moving on from Molly Sullivan, Dei Lynam, Jess Camerato, Neil Hartmann, Ron Burke, Tim Panaccio, and something like ten other people over the course of 24 months.

Marshall’s name came up frequently in the story we wrote earlier this year, described by former and current employees as being at the forefront of idea sharing and enthusiasm in station-wide meetings.

Here are a few related blurbs from the story, “Discord and Unrest: Current and Former Employees Describe Life at NBC Sports Philly,” after the jump:

Marshall Harris, who recently left the station when his contract was not renewed, was another person who was portrayed as “vocal” in meetings and “challenged the status quo.” (VP of Content Michelle) Murray, according to Person 3, was “clinically insecure and threatened by good, smart, productive ideas.”

Harris and Camerato were mentioned just as frequently as (former web guy Andy) Schwartz in our talks with current and former employees.

The gripe, specifically, was that it seemed like both were doing what management wanted, which was taking on a variety of roles, being active on social media, and showing a flexible and more wide-ranging skill set as the station “streamlined” its product.

“Here was somebody who was trying all of these different platforms,” said Person 1 of Harris. “And whether what he was doing was working or not, it wasn’t always his fault. And that was – literally –  the directive is that we are supposed to be one room, one team, try all of these fucking new things.”

Marshall had been doing the occasional shift at 94 WIP after leaving NBC Sports Philadelphia. He now leaves scenic South Philadelphia for slightly-more-scenic Northern California.

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  • Good luck December 19, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Was never a big fan of his delivery, but seemed like a genuinely good dude.

    Aside – It is tough to watch Sports Center type shows these days (or as they say around here “anymore”). Seems like the catch phrases and shtick are more important to these yahoos than the actual results of the games or the plays that make up the game. Booyah!

    • Shart Shartveit December 19, 2018 at 10:17 am

      Sweet Sassy Molassey! Sportscenter has been that way for 20 years. Go look up the SNL clip from 1999 with Ray Romano that made fun of it. ESPN is about personalities.

      Gotta get to White Castle before all of the Weirdos!

  • Esports are the future December 19, 2018 at 11:05 am

    I had beers with this dude at the Sixers Draft Thuzio event when we landed Okafor… besides the draft pick it was a good time. Hope he does well in Cali

  • Call me "Ed" December 19, 2018 at 11:19 am

    NBC “Sports:” Philadelphia could not blow more if they tried. Or maybe they ARE trying? Except for the game broadcasts, it’s unwatchable. And the changes within the game broadcasts (like Hatcher on Flyers games) are all changes for the worse.

    • Taryn hatcher December 19, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      What’s wrong with her? Are you gay?

  • Amy Fadool's Rolls December 19, 2018 at 11:23 am

    What’s so hard to understand? NBC$N is all about the $ so now if they can find a 20-something right out of college who will do it for less than they currently pay they’ll hire that person. Two years ago this person WAS Jessica Camerato, unfortunately for her Serena Winters was willing to do it for less this year. Two years from now Serena Winters will consider herself an essential part of the broadcast worthy of a substantial pay raise and then she’ll find herself shocked when she’s out of a job and replaced by someone younger and cheaper.

    • Sal Governale December 19, 2018 at 11:35 am

      This makes no sense. Winters is in her 30s and came from a pretty prestigious job with the Lakers. No way she came here cheap.

      She’s not some 22 year old fresh out of college looking for a 35k a year starting gig.

      • Ron Bowman Sucks December 19, 2018 at 12:42 pm

        Serena Winters is just better. Not sure the obsession with Molly Sullivan and Camerato. Serena basically does both of their jobs on one salary.

    • DEEZ LIMONS December 19, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      Younger cheaper and less “Muppet” like

  • Big Ben Davis December 19, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Does anyone know if they are going to bring back the employee gym in the Wells Fargo Center?

  • Tarvin February 19, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Report from Sactown – looks like Philly dumped this goober on us. Watched tonite’s sports report by Harris who reported that the Bruins won their 6th straight game by beating the Sharks 6-5 – too bad it was the other way around and the correct score was even on the screen at the time. Can I get a job where the ability to read isn’t really necessary or can y’all take him back? We have enough of shoddy reporting with Sharin Rajaee on the same newscast!

  • Tarvin February 19, 2019 at 2:32 am

    My apologies to Mr. Harris – looks like whoever who pits up the info at the bottom of the screen on CBSSactown screwed up the graphic. Mr. Harris got it right in spite of that goober : ). Hopefully Rajaee will find a new home in some other city.

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