Sometimes I wonder where I sit in regards to covering sports on PSB. While I have never considered myself to be a reporter, I certainly have always tried to put up intelligent articles for discussion for all of our readers. So when the topic of credentials for media access to teams we cover came up with the recent revelations of the NHL trying to determine a ‘blogger policy’ it raised my eyebrow a bit.
We are extremely fortunate at PSB to have some excellent bloggers and also some fine mainstream media writers that contribute to the site. To be honest when I read a article from one of writers it never occurs to me to think whether it was written by a blogger or mainstream media writer. I just enjoy reading the articles and seeing the insight and opinions of the writer. So is there a difference between the two in your eyes? If certain members of the NHL have their way then the answer is yes!
Here is a leaked guideline obtained by yahoo’s puckdaddy website, that outlines potential restrictions in regards to access depending on if you work for a newspaper or are a blogger.
This came from the media relations office of the NHL in Toronto. Thanks again to puckdaddy for discovering and posting it for public consumption.
The New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers outright refuse to give access to bloggers, while other teams are very open to having blogging members in their press box. In my own opinion I believe that teams have the right to grant access however they see fit, but the thing that concerns me is the idea of limiting access to people that don’t fit in to what is considered mainstream.
In regards to bloggers point one will disallow blogger access to the Visiting team. Which is insane in my opinion as if the Calgary Flames were playing the Los Angeles Kings in LA and our Eric Cooney wanted to get a sound bite from Jarome Iginla or Miikka Kiprusoff I see no reason why it wouldn’t be allowed.
Points two and three is just outright segregation. To me this is embarrassing and should be immediately reconsidered. I don’t recall too many points of human history where segregation worked out well. (perhaps a little over dramatic but oh well I’m just a silly blogger)
What does everyone think about this? I’d love to hear from the bloggers, main streamers, and readers on this issue!
Have a good one!
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Written by Shane Hoopfer
Die hard Flames fan since 1980, and a closet baseball junkie. Also a big Dolphins, and Stampeders fan!