Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Earl Sleek of Battle of California,
Thanks to Sacamano, Fenwick, and Grabia for introducing the hockey internet to the"Battle of..." blog concept, and demonstrating why it is the best damn format imaginable. Who wants to write to just one team's fans about one team's storyline all the damn time? The real heart of being a hockey fan is in its rivalries, and those guys showed why "Battle of..." was the best way to go.
Thanks to Benjamin, Dellow, Lowetide, Covered in Oil, Irreverent Oil Fans, Black Dog Hates Skunks, Jes Gőlbez, Kukla's Korner, and James Mirtle for also introducing me to the hockey blogosphere concept. Back when I was a young slacker at a day job, these were basically all the blogs that I knew existed, but I read and enjoyed them quite thoroughly. They showed that the strength of a blogosphere is in its diversity -- some were numbers guys, some were story tellers, some were news breakers, and some were just silly -- but it worked well when everyone did what they did best.
from Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey.
Since the NHL lockout began, a number of stories have highlighted the plight of lesser paid NHL employees facing layoffs or salary reductions, as well as the effect upon those in the service and hospitality industries reliant upon the business generated by their local NHL team.
Yet there’s been almost nothing about the effect the lockout is having upon those who cover the NHL as freelance writers or bloggers.
I recently sent out a series of tweets asking for freelancers and bloggers to share their lockout stories with me. My thanks to those who took the time to respond.
“(My) ad revenue is down 80%, guide sales are down 50%. If I was a bachelor in a bungalow or townhouse or apartment, I’d be pretty screwed. But my wife makes enough to cover off the bills, Christmas for the kids to get us through. And I had enough guide sales early on (release date is August 1) to cover off site costs, pay the site’s managers (though they’ll thankfully be taking “rollbacks” starting January). The goalie guide helps a bit…but even those sales, which ironically were supposed to help soften the blow, won’t take off unless a season starts next month.
Regarding KK, I mentioned it about 1 1/2 months ago in our semi-annual donation request and since that time and especially since the NHL legal action, KK numbers have fallen big time.
Yes the holiday season has something to do with that but I think most fans, even the die-hard ones which KK attracts, have had enough and just can't take what this lockout brings us.
Hopefully we get some kind of closure soon, either play or go home. If it is option 2, I have no idea where that would take me, maybe I will start blogging about labor law!
Watch this Blogs With Balls session from this morning.
The panel consisted of:
PUCK THAT!: State of the Hockey Media
Justin Bourne, The Score
Greg Wyshynski, Yahoo! Sports
Elliotte Friedman, CBC/Hockey Night in Canada
Dave Lozo, NHL.com
Barry Petchesky, Deadspin
Mike Halford, NBC ProHockeyTalk
Jason Brough, NBC ProHockeyTalk
You can watch the full video below and my favorite part of the session starts at 22:30 mark.
When everyone sits around and says "print journalism can’t adapt" and "print journalism is dying," Kevin Paul Dupont should be hoisted as a shining example of why: he offers no unique insight, no unique analysis, and has no desire to serve readers with interesting content. He leeches readership from the Globe, leans on its name for reputation, and wouldn't survive in an environment where his content has to stand on its own merit. It’s easy to see why Kevin Paul Dupont tries so hard to undercut online writers: he doesn't try hard at his real job.
-Bower Power of Pension Plan Puppets where you can read more on this topic.
from Bruce Dowbiggin at the Globe and Mail,
“Instead of waiting for ESPN to give the lockout its customary 23 seconds of news before giving Barry Melrose the floor for his ‘drunk uncle at the wedding’ analysis, hockey fans of every experience level and demographic can distribute and scrutinize the news of the day on Twitter – while also offering a suitable place to vent, frequently profanely.”
“Fans no longer have to wait for a talk-show host to put them on the air or a letter to the editor to be printed,” says Mitch Melnick, long-time radio host on TSN Radio 690 in Montreal. “The immediacy of a well-crafted tweet almost has the effect of putting you in the room when Gary Bettman reads them. And you know he reads them. If not originals then certainly via retweets... Whether they care or not is an entirely different matter.”
Have the sound and fury affected negotiations? The man who preceded Don Fehr as executive director of the NHLPA thinks so. “Twitter has changed the landscape since the last CBA negotiation in that every development in this standoff has gone viral almost instantly,” says Paul Kelly, now a sports lawyer in Boston. “Social media has also allowed the parties to attempt to shape public opinion directly and through surrogates, including players, agents, owners, friendly media sources and others.”
Bloggers will now start feeling the pinch because shop.nhl.com has suspended their affiliate program, which allowed blogs/websites to make some money if people clicked-thru an ad to shop.nhl.com and made a purchase.
I am an affiliate with them but don't use them very often since I feel there are better options out there for the buying public, but no matter, this is not good news for those who depend on some monthly income.
Here is part of the email I received from them..
Due to the current NHL Lockout, the Shop.NHL.com Affiliate Program is suspending operations effective immediately.
We apologize for this unusual situation and look forward to working with you when the lockout is resolved and we receive clearance from the NHL legal team to resume operations.
Thank you for your understanding and compliance.
from Sean Leahy of Puck Daddy,
We all woke up this morning to news of the tragedy in Colorado. As moviegoers were watching the midnight opening of “The Dark Knight Rises”, a gunman opened fire killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others….
One of those killed was Jessica Ghawi, a well-known Denver-area hockey blogger, also known as Jessica Redfield on Twitter. She had moved to Denver from San Antonio a year ago, according to KSAT. She was also an intern for the You Can Play Project. “Our staff is despondent today over the loss of our intern Jessica Redfield. We will miss her intelligence, kindness, and work ethic greatly,” was the message from the organization’s Twitter feed Friday morning.
added 11:47am, from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
This is going to have to be quick. I literally am sick to my stomach as I write this, trembling a little at the keyboard and in total shock.
Among the victims of the tragic shooting early this morning at an Aurora theater was a friend of mine – Jessica Redfield. Just yesterday, just freakin’ yesterday, I was swapping Twitter direct messages with her about possible internships she was looking at, asking my advice about them, asking if the Denver Post had one I could maybe help her out with.
added 11:50am, from Jesse Spector of The Sporting News,
Normally this is about the time I would give you a little lecture regarding made-up, false, fake rumors.
I know the majority of KK readers are way past that stage and don’t even have the time for it, but there are some who think some of these people have “sources”.
But instead of that little lecture, I will turn it over to player agent Allan Walsh who just tweeted these…
Let’s say it the way it is. NHL GM’s share trade/UFA strategy with very tight circle of staff. Do you really think rumor guys have a clue?
This time of year, GM’s and people in the know are laughing at the so called internet rumor guys and their breathless “updates”.
So if you wish to continue believing in these people go for it, but you are being fooled and need to be very careful in who you believe these days.
Watch, I can do what others do… Without naming names, I’ve been told Ryan Smyth will soon be signing.
I am not sure what Brad Lee and Sean Gallagher were trying to do, but they need some help when they have to write stuff like this to draw attention to themselves. Remember boys, it is not about us, it is about the game.
The man who is first on that list with an amazing 1,687 career games is Gordie Howe. And as soon as he remembers where Joe Louis Arena is located, I’m sure he’ll be here to congratulate you on your career. Or wish you happy birthday.
Our next guest is Vladimir Konstantinov! Roll your old bones up here, Vladimir, and say a few words…
I am not one who usually likes to stir the pot, but in this instance, the above needed to be pointed out just so people can see how cruel people can actually be.
Flyers Faithful was kind enough to ask me and a few other bloggers to participate in Five Questions regarding the CBA.
You can read all about it here and there are two more questions left, which I imagine will be posted tomorrow and Friday.
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