Friday, August 03, 2007

Nexstar Files Lawsuit Against Former KNWA Sports Anchor

Arkansas Business.com is reporting Nexstar, parent company of KNWA and KARK, has filed a lawsuit to keep former sports anchor Bo Mattingly off the radio airwaves. Below is an excerpt from the article:

"Mattingly and Cumulus Broadcasting LLC were named Friday in a lawsuit filed by Nexstar claiming that the broadcaster was violating a noncompete agreement. The lawsuit also said Mattingly and was in breach of his contract with the company by launching a sports talk show this week less, than one month after he resigned from his television post. Nexstar also filed a preliminary injunction to keep the show off the air.

"I'm going to do my job and let my attorneys do theirs," Mattingly said. "For me it's going to be business as usual."

78 Comments:

At 8:33 PM, August 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to see how this turns out. Does anyone remember the details of KHBS vs. Steve Gibbs when he went to KPOM (now KNWA)? Was there a lawsuit? I simply can't remember....

 
At 8:55 PM, August 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

steve gibbs' contract expired and both parties agreed to not renew. bo walked off his contract.

 
At 9:45 PM, August 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last thing Deathstar needs to do is waste money on a lawsuit....

 
At 10:29 PM, August 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why?

 
At 10:33 PM, August 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I may be wrong, but I think since Arkansas is a right to work state they can't stop him from working for the competition.

 
At 10:58 PM, August 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The public should file a lawsuit against KATV to keep Beau McCastlain off the air.

 
At 12:26 AM, August 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

knwa gave bo his life back, no one wanted him after the dwis. wasn't he doing like a couple hours on the x radio station before? come on! you should be able to trust people. if you say you will work for a station for a period of time, you should work for them for that period of time. he did not keep his word. you should be held accountable. i bet they paid him every two weeks like they said they would.

 
At 2:00 AM, August 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

right to work state? then why have a contract at all? i'd have to say Bo signed a contract saying he only had the right to work for knwa and not their competitors. last time i checked, a signed contract is a legally binding agreement, and Bo has failed to live up to his end of the deal. i don't see where his ego will get him out of this one, and the trend of Bo being a loser will continue.

 
At 7:34 AM, August 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the Steve Gibbs' case there was a lawsuit. He had a no compete.

The judge toss the lawsuit because you can't keep a person from working.

These contract are not worth the paper they are written on.

Does KNWA want Bo back?

 
At 3:11 PM, August 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guess that means the long standing relationship between cumulus and KNWA has ended. I can't imagine them helping each other anymore. Way to go KNWA when the radio stations have more listeners than you have viewers. If Bo was going to leave anyway, at least you could let him go and try to stay businesslike about the entire thing. Just another stupid thing KNWA's half-ass management has done to alienate the market and the community. Sook needs to clean house before his idiot underlings run him out of business in NWA.

 
At 4:44 PM, August 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

with steve gibbs, the contract had expired so the lawsuit was based on the no compete for a year after it expired. bo walked out of his contract, it was not over. so, the lawsuits are not the same. i think people should keep ther word. he is obviously not the rightious man he claims to be. he's just a liar.

 
At 4:57 PM, August 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

people should keep their word. if you don't have that, you're not worth much.

 
At 5:43 PM, August 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's global warming I tell you! It's global warming causing it all!

 
At 8:05 PM, August 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure won't miss seeing Big Ego Bo. At least we still have Sonsearay Tonsal. She's the cat's meow!!!

 
At 8:14 PM, August 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is the point of anything if you can't keep your word?

 
At 1:18 AM, August 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any word on when the beauty queen will start anchoring? Move over, Dana!

 
At 2:19 PM, August 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, she's going to start on august 20th. should be interesting.

 
At 2:25 PM, August 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

word around knwa is that doug currin is going to anchor the first week with her.

 
At 2:29 PM, August 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In case you don't know Sook is the idoit!!!!

I ask does KNWA want Bo back? This could back fire on them.

Bo could say ok and come back...Then KNWA would be stick with either having him there for a year or letting him go.

I wish Bo would call their bluff. Nexstar is trying to get money from anywhere they can.

 
At 6:40 PM, August 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it is less about money and more about bo trying to screw the station over.

 
At 11:38 PM, August 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bo turned KNWA's sports department around in a matter of months. It used to be horrible and it quickly became the best in the state after he took over.

I know some people don't like Bo but he is the reason KNWA jumped so high in the ratings and I believe he should be able to leave whenever he wants. Especially, since management can fire anyone whenever they want.

It's only fair and its not like he is working for another station. He has a radio talkshow for crying out loud. That has nothing to do with KNWA's product

 
At 2:24 AM, August 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I know some people don't like Bo but he is the reason KNWA jumped so high in the ratings"


I call Bull!

Say what you want but KNWA (and I mean all of it) is a joke.

Ratings are a manuiplation of numbers, example: OH LOOK!! WE PULLED A 9/18 IN THE 20 to 40 DEMOS.

Ratings are used for sales department, so this is why I call BULL!

 
At 11:07 AM, August 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I call bull on the bull writer. Say what you want about KNWA's product but their sports coverage of the Hogs is far ahead of any in the state. Now whether that was Bo or it was the resources of money and bodies that Nexstar threw at sports is the question.

 
At 11:27 AM, August 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

saw the beauty queen on air last week. not impressed. i don't assume ms. sargeant is worried at all.

 
At 11:32 AM, August 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good thing she got away from mamma's-boy Barcaro. Did anyone hear that story? Poor Dana.

 
At 12:24 PM, August 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's just becuase he doesn't have a third leg like the chicken does.

 
At 4:24 PM, August 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

barcaro doesn't have crap on anyone. he is a douche.

 
At 4:45 PM, August 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy must have been pretty good if they don't want him competing. Plus, it's not even in the same market, is it? Yep, he's a pretty good draw if he warrants that much attention.

 
At 5:25 PM, August 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No-compete's are worthless. Their ONLY purpose is to intimidate anchors/reporters from jumping ship to another station in the market. If challeneged, they fold like a cheap card table. Always have, always will.

God knows what Nexstar's doing, but it isn't smart.

 
At 6:52 PM, August 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i heard what matt b. did to dana someone should slap that jerk around

 
At 8:32 PM, August 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

momma's boy barcaro is an idiot. maybe he could marry his mom. he seems to prefer her over others.

 
At 8:38 PM, August 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I believe he should be able to leave whenever he wants. Especially, since management can fire anyone whenever they want."

He signed a contract. Nobody forced him to do so. Once signed, the contract is a binding legal document. If he wanted to be able to leave the job whenever he wanted to, he should have found a job at the station that didn't require a contract.

Management CANNOT just fire anyone whenever they want. Yes, they can fire for cause or lay people off, but just "firing whenever they want" is just as much of a breach of contract.

 
At 8:55 PM, August 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe barcaro doesn't really like women. he was dating the hottest anchor around and did what he did? what an idiot and a loser. i think this is the point when he needs to come to grips with the fact that he plays in the gay league.

 
At 9:24 PM, August 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so what did Matt B. do????

 
At 9:48 PM, August 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

matt is a loser, not fit to breath the same air as the rest of us.

 
At 7:50 AM, August 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you guys aren't still in a job you hate because of a contract/non-compete. You really should look at the law. Any employer can fire an employee without cause, despite anything a contract may or may not say, it is the law. Any employee may terminate their employment with an employer without cause, it is the law.

You cannot write a legal contract that contradicts the law... Good job hunting!

 
At 2:15 PM, August 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

barcaro should do us all a favor, leave and never come back. loser!

 
At 8:28 PM, August 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

matt isn't a bad person, he made bad decisions and he had a really great girl that he didn't deserve
i'm sure he is kicking himself

 
At 8:31 PM, August 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good people don't behave the way matt b. did. it was a matter of time before more people realized he is NOT a good person. demons come out eventually.

 
At 10:12 PM, August 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what did the guy do?

 
At 11:38 AM, August 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you wouldn't BELIEVE what this guy did... the guy has bad judgment. You know how you have the moment, when you think, "man, I've got it made." yeah, he never had that. he had an awesome woman, a decent job, and she totally could have been his sugar momma. buuuut from what i hear he prefers his own mommy to ms. sargent. thats the word on the street anywyas.

 
At 12:56 PM, August 08, 2007, Anonymous Johnson Blake said...

Yeah, Barcaro's a moron and puts a worthless product on ait everyday, but all you news employees should get to work and stop spending so much time on this ridiculous board where NOBODY has the balls to post with their real name. You people are pathetic and by proxy now I am too. Grow up.

 
At 1:45 PM, August 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you johnson blake, whoever you are, for telling us to all grow up. why don't you just not read it? or better yet, leave us all alone. i don't know you and could care less who you are. btw, barcaro is an idiot.

 
At 4:56 PM, August 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If people kept their word we wouldn't have lawyers and contracts

 
At 6:22 PM, August 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

keep your word? what is that?

 
At 7:02 PM, August 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt Barcaro should be castrated. That would fix that problem.

 
At 9:12 PM, August 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:02 PM

you are our hero.

 
At 9:44 PM, August 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If people kept their word we wouldn't have lawyers and contracts

Broadcast management keep their word? Why I never heard of such a thing.

 
At 10:28 PM, August 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice topic. I looked back at past topics where the GM at each of the Arkansas stations have been slammed by their employees. My questions would be how would you rate your GM compared to the others in the state? Who is the best at support,their word,and motivation? These are just suggested questions. Please feel free to add to list. This could get interesting. Let the blogging begin!!!

 
At 3:19 PM, August 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would rate GMs by the numbers of hotties they hire. Bonus points for nice racks

 
At 3:23 PM, August 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

back to something important, barcaro sucks. it just needed to be said today.

 
At 5:48 PM, August 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt Barcaro is awesome! He can beat up Chuck Norris with both hands tied behind his back. Get off the guys back... or maybe hear HIS side of the story.

 
At 6:09 PM, August 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's amazing that the door is opened for you to say somethingabout your GMs but won't. It seems no one ever has a problem talking about their boss when he or she ticks them off. Are you scared to say anything nice? How about someone who has worked at multiple stations.

 
At 7:29 PM, August 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

his side of the story? he got a girl he cared about in trouble and bailed on her. class act.

 
At 8:26 PM, August 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if that makes you awesome, then i will happily be a loser. barcaro is the loser. bailing on someone like that is unexcusable.

 
At 8:26 PM, August 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh please, Nexstar, stop acting like a spoiled child and let the guy alone! You are a LOSER in every sense of the word.
LEAVE him alone, you are only hurting your company's image, what is left of it.
I for one think your legal eagles and your CEO, included, are a bunch of "blow-hards."
Remember, what goes around, comes around.

 
At 8:28 PM, August 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice work matt b. you are a real man. i bet you are soooo proud of yourself. too bad everyone who knows what happened is ready to throw you off a cliff. the others who know you? you probably lied and told them it didn't happen. wake up mamma's boy! you are a little boy, you are not deserving of the title man.

 
At 10:12 PM, August 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

who cares about bo? the measure of a person is their word. he is not really a man because he word means nothing.

 
At 11:31 PM, August 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

will someone share what matt supposedly did with the class?

 
At 12:36 AM, August 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just checked out Matt Barcaro's bio on the 40/29 website. I didnt even know they had a reporter named Matt. Who is this guy and what did he do?

 
At 12:41 PM, August 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

keep your daughters away from him

 
At 1:31 PM, August 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One important question about the M.B. matter. Who the Hell cares? Both parties involved in WHATEVER it was that allegedly happened are adults, which is more than I can say for those leaving cryptic postings. Why does anyone who was not directly involved care? Oh that's right, because their own lives are so petty and pathetic that they must involve themselves in this "tragedy" as if it happened TO them. Sounds like a bizarre form of Munchausen Syndrome.

 
At 1:38 PM, August 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

as a friend of dana's i can tell you this is not helping her. she has experienced a great loss and is trying to deal with a very horrible person as well. leave her alone. she is a great girl, i love her to death, and i want her to get past this. and as for mr. b, he threw us all for a loop. we all thought he was mr. perfect. dana adored him. obviously, he is not the person she or we thought he was.

now go back to talking about bo mattingly.

 
At 3:10 PM, August 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we all love dana. she is awesome. barcaro isn't worth mentioning anymore. he's not worth our time, even if it is just a few seconds. btw, bo stinks. he should be a person of his word if he wants to be a real man.

 
At 4:19 PM, August 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

too bad 40/29 doesn't have morality clauses in their contracts, obviously

 
At 5:42 PM, August 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE 4:19

Jesus? is that you? No, it's someone ELSE carrying a cross.

Get over this B-S

 
At 12:51 PM, August 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"as a friend of dana's i can tell you this is not helping her. she has experienced a great loss and is trying to deal with a very horrible person as well. leave her alone. she is a great girl, i love her to death, and i want her to get past this. and as for mr. b, he threw us all for a loop. we all thought he was mr. perfect. dana adored him. obviously, he is not the person she or we thought he was."

This sounds like it was taken from an episode of "All My Chiren."

 
At 1:21 PM, August 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, that's what happens when you're dealing with someone who is apparently perfect in every way, shape and form. i don't know her, but to read all these posts she is just the best human being ever created, putting mother teresa to shame. gimme a break...is it that far beyond the realm of possibility that she could be at least somewhat at fault here for whatever happened? i mean come on, this is kinda ridiculous, and it just makes me think that she had more to do with it than him.

 
At 3:19 PM, August 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why in the world does anyone need to be talking about it? it's not our business. let's get back to the subject, bo sucks.

 
At 6:36 PM, August 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, because it got brought up, and all this girl's friends are slammin this barcaro guy, and it doesn't seem right. she can't be that goody-goody

 
At 3:36 AM, August 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does this have to do with Bo Mattingly?

WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED?!?!?

 
At 2:08 PM, August 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"he got a girl he cared about in trouble and bailed on her. class act."
Is that supposed to mean Barcaro got Dana pregnant? Is she knocked up?

 
At 2:18 PM, August 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"maybe barcaro doesn't really like women. he was dating the hottest anchor around and did what he did? what an idiot and a loser."
Ummmm.... Dana Sargent -- you sound like an "idiot and a loser" for trashing someone you once cared about all over a blog. P.S. - I'd say your average looking, not the hottest thing around.

 
At 2:23 PM, August 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Dana is pregnant she better put on some weight, that girl looks like a q-tip!
Wait, why do I care? This is hardly worth the time we're giving it.
Back to the subject at hand. Bo's gone. KNWA will suffer, so they want him to suffer, too. Will they gain anything? Probably not, but they'll make him sweat it a little, and that is what they're going for. They wouldn't want him back at this point, he's lost credibility.
I can't wait to see what he does next, though.

 
At 2:27 PM, August 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"he got a girl he cared about in trouble and bailed on her."
Why does it suddenly feel like I'm in "Dirty Dancing"? What are you people talking about?

 
At 12:20 AM, August 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know what these people are talking about either, but the anonymous comments are ridiculous!

These two people obviously had something happen between them, and it's no one's business but theirs! Leave them alone.

And resorting to calling someone names only demonstrates a low maturity level...especially when you're openly insulting a man in a public forum where you know he can't openly defend himself.

Get over it people. Let Dana take care of her own problems. She doesn't need people calling her ex names to feel better, because if she does, there's a problem!

 
At 1:21 PM, August 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:20 AM

you are exactly correct. let's leave these people alone to deal with whatever happened.

 
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It cannot have effect in actual fact, that is exactly what I think.

 

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