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from Eric McErlain at the NHL Fanhouse,
But if you had taken a trip to the “Blog Box” on Long Island on Saturday night, you would have seen something quite different: A group of fans segregated from the rest of the press who were only allowed guided access to Islanders players and no access to the visiting locker room at all. Most galling of all, many of the box bloggers trooped down to the Islanders locker room wearing Islanders jerseys….
All throughout the SI.com piece, you’ll see claims about how this “experiment”—one that comes complete with a couple of academics from a university in Pennsylvania who ought to be ashamed of themselves—is some sort of incredible innovation in sports media.
That’s actually the last thing that this deserves to be called. Instead, we ought to call it for what it is—a glorified fan club. That this farce is sponsored by Eklund, the least credible voice in sports blogging today, only makes the joke complete.
What are your thoughts on the first week of the NHL season. I have been enjoying the games and it seems players, coaches and on-ice officials all have the same feel for the game.
Agree or not, feel free to comment. I also ask readers of my NHL.com blog to leave their comments too. Link to the blog will be posted when available.
from On Frozen Blog,
We would have blogged with passion aplenty absent any intervention from the Washington Capitals, but in reflecting on the past year, we’re overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from the team’s communications professionals, its athletes, and that filmmaker fella with the nice perch at Verizon Center. The very first comment left at OFB one year ago today was from Mike Vogel. The second came from Ted Leonsis. The next thing we knew we were being invited into Verizon Center’s press box and players’ rooms. What’s excited us most about that remarkable hospitality is its visionary democracy: the Caps have led the entire professional sports industry in laying out the welcome mat to committed bloggers, and there were times last season when a press box row was populated entirely by bloggers.
Without a doubt, the Caps are very blogger friendly. I remember my first interview with Ted Leonsis…Phone rings at my home, “Hi Paul, it’s Ted”...
We could use you in Detroit. It is my job to recruit any and all fans for our great hockey team.
You will love following the likes of Zetterberg, Datsyuk and even Chelios (free food too). Covering the greatest defeseman in the last ten years won’t be so bad either.
I can only dream of you in red, with the winged wheel in all of its glory!!!
Some predictions from me at my NHL.com blog today.
Feel free to come up with your own topics too!
from Hockey Adventure,
The way the entertainment media interacts with NHLers is quite unlike traditional sports coverage.
For instance, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the comedian-host joshed Wayne Gretzky about whether he’s known as “The Great One” around the house with his wife Janet. Also, at this year’s ESPY Awards, Kimmel quipped at Gretzky about David Beckham’s potential impact on soccer in the USA: “Maybe he can do what you did for hockey, and in 15 years no one will be watching soccer, either.”
Would Canada’s ultimate hockey god ever receive such irreverent treatment when interviewed on Hockey Night in Canada or in The Globe & Mail? Historically, no.
Blogging at NHL.com today, we prepare for London!
At my NHL.com blog today, I lay out my blogging plans for the 2007-08 NHL season.
As always, your participation is encouraged and welcomed.
The talented DCSportschick is hanging up the keyboard on her hockey blogging life for now:
This blog has been a source of great joy for me, and it’s incredibly hard to give it up. However, I’m faced with other life-changing events on the horizon, and in light of that, it’s time.
You’ll still see me around the rink, around the stadium, around the field. That won’t change; I might not be there as often, but I’ll be there. I’m still a sports fan, after all.
A sad day for her many fans, but our best wishes to her in all her future endeavors.
Many of you know we have a pretty detailed list of many of the hockey related sites on the web.
We have now added an area in the KK Forum where you can point out specific details about your blog or website. Feel free to point to a blog post, but do make sure you do a “soft-sell: too, which will encourage KK readers to click the link!
As always, I also encourage you to point to your blog in the comments here at KK too. If you have something of interest on a post here, by all means let the KK readers know about it.
note: original post was 9/15/07 at 7:40pm, moved to top of page on Sunday.
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