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from Jewels From The Crown,
...The lockout is going on, and the players are pretty much talking to any and every reporter that comes their way. Kevin Westgarth was no different, and so Rich Hammond talked with him about the lockout and posted it on his blog.
The NHL saw that interview and told the Kings to take it down immediately. You see, since Rich Hammond was technically a Kings employee, the NHL considered him to be a League employee. And League employees are not allowed to have any contact with players. It didn’t matter that Hammond was simply a beat writer that happened to be employed by a team rather than a newspaper, he was still employed by the Kings.
Both the Kings and Hammond fought this decision. They tried to figure out a way around it so that Hammond could continue to interview the locked out players, like every other hockey writer out there. They even considered shutting the blog down. But if we’ve learned anything from the past decade, it’s that the NHL is pretty stubborn. He could not talk to players.
I tweeted this last night...
Today, this from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
The most gratifying part about the past three years, from my perspective, has been the sense of community that has been built here. While we don’t always see eye to eye, we’re all motivated by a love for hockey and a desire to exchange information and opinions about the Kings. Even during the challenging times, I have immensely enjoyed being part of this online melting pot with you, which makes it tough to announce that this will be my last week with the Kings. I have decided that the timing and situation is right for me to move on, and I’m excited about the job opportunity I have in front of me. The decision is mine, and the Kings in no way pushed or encouraged me to leave. I faced no threat of layoff or of any financial cutback. It’s my choice, for a number of reasons, and I’m grateful that my parting with the Kings is amicable and that I will leave on good terms, both personally and professionally, with everyone involved.
I’ll let the Kings speak to their specific future plans, but I have offered to assist them in the transition in any way they see fit. Three years ago, I entered into a unique partnership with the organization, and I’m extremely proud of what we accomplished. I’m confident that the Kings see the value in what we accomplished and that they will maintain comprehensive coverage here.
added 12:52pm, A goodbye video from the Kings can be viewed below...
from Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune,
(Rich) Hammond’s marching orders are to report as if he weren’t on the payroll, providing coverage for fans (and maybe absent reporters) with a style and authority a media relations staffer can’t match.
Although teams have had staff announcers, this sort of reporting arrangement might have seemed preposterous a decade ago. New technology and economic realities for the media business have made it plausible. Now the question is whether it can be credible.
If a success, one has to wonder whether other would-be newsmakers—in business, in entertainment, in government—someday will decide this is the way to get news out and remain in the public eye should traditional news organizations no longer dedicate resources the way they did before the revenue crunch.
“In this changing world as it relates to the landscape and consumption of sports news content, we are making an organizational commitment to give our fans one place to go—LAKings.com—to satisfy their appetite for Kings news and information,” Luc Robitaille, the team’s president of business operations, said in the announcement. “We feel this is a landmark step for us as Rich will have full editorial control.”
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings today announced the appointment of long-time Los Angeles Daily News hockey writer Rich Hammond as beat writer/columnist for LAKings.com, the club’s official website. Hammond, who will travel with the Kings full-time during the 2009-10 season, will begin providing exclusive content to LAKings.com on October 1.
“In this changing world as it relates to the landscape and consumption of sports news content, we are making an organizational commitment to give our fans one place to go – LAKings.com – to satisfy their appetite for Kings news and information ” said Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille. “We feel this is a landmark step for us as Rich will have full editorial control in his new position. Kings fans deserve the best Kings coverage, and we’re excited that LAKings.com will be the new home for Rich’s insightful, objective and thorough reporting and analysis.”
Hammond will cover all Kings games and practices. He will also provide feature stories, commentaries, video stories and more on the Kings and on the NHL.
added 5:12pm, Rich explains the hiring and his position.