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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.
from Mike Halford of The Orland Kurtenblog,
We’re not much for long farewells, so here’s the deal — as of today, the Orland Kurtenblog and KB Radio cease to exist. Done. Finished. Finito.
This wasn’t an easy decision to make. There’s a sense of ownership and pride that comes with building something from scratch, even if it’s a Canucks fan blog.
Normally this time of day I am sitting at my computer, listening to Fan590 out of one speaker and TSN Radio out of the other.
But today I can’t, I just can’t think of the game on the ice although I have tried to focus on that today.
When I first heard about the plane crash in Russia this morning, names like Fedorov and Kozlov popped in my head. I was afraid to read the names of those involved in the crash.
But after reading the long list of the people killed today, I now know it is not the names that make the tragedy, it is the tragedy itself.
From tornadoes, to hurricanes, to other natural disasters, we have witnessed all of them this year. War, just people walking into a building and shooting seems to make headlines on a weekly basis.
All tragedies, all deaths that we wish could have been avoided.
Tragedy seems to be around ever corner we walk these days and I for one am tired and will try to do something about it.
I’ve tossed some negative and bad feelings in to the wind today, hoping it never blows back in my face.
Anything I can do to make a tragedy less likely to happen I will, and as always pray for the best.
Alanah of Canucks & Beyond celebrates her 29th birthday again this year and I have no idea what to give her.
I know “one more win” would make her happy, but I cannot provide nor will I provide that for the upcoming season.
Perhaps I shall just say “thank you” for all you do here at KK (right now we are in the process of training around 12 new bloggers with more to come) and it would not be same if you were not around.
Enjoy the evening!
CBS Detroit is accepting votes for the most valuable bloggers in various categories, and among the list of Detroit’s sports bloggers, KK’s own The Malik Report is up for consideration.
We’re thrilled to see George’s hard work and thorough coverage of the Red Wings being recognized. So if you’re a fan, please check out the site and throw him your vote. (And you can vote once each day, if you like.)
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