Saturday, February 03, 2007

'Fisticuffs' at the Thrashers Blog

Ah, a great little debate that heats up. The Thrashers Blog posted a few questions, and I quote: "Should bloggers, who have no media-affiliation, have full-media access to NHL games? Eklund, who runs, presented the view of the bloggers, but I’m curious what y’all think. Should Internet-only bloggers get NHL credentials?" After throwing Eklund's name in there, you know the shit is going to hit the fan. Regardless, some great points were made in the heat of the battle..



At February 3, 2007 at 7:07 p.m. , Blogger Reality Check said...

I would be nice if perhaps 2 accredited bloggers were asigned per team. The NHL would have to set an extremely high set of standards first, maybe scanning the bloogers sites and backgrounds for a year before handing out dibs.

I've read a ton of debate on it. Twits like Dwayne Keith Klessel (Eklund) just ruin it for the more serious writers and hockey thinkers. Running a rumour based site shouldn't open doors.

I believe the NHL should proceed with caution, given that it is such an interesting avenue.

They should perhaps set a timetable, take some applications, and sit back and monitor.

I'm not sure it would be a good thing to have the MSM sit in with bloggers at press conferences. I think that the NHL should become available to bloggers online only, by way of exclusive questionaires and unique features.

I'll figure out what they are in a few more beers.

At February 4, 2007 at 10:56 a.m. , Blogger jimbuff said...

NO. Not Yet - maybe with some media guildline standards later on but I still don't see how it will be possible. To many would be applying and would be to hard to choose who would and who wouldn't be eligible.

I read Eklunds blog last year b/c PJ Stock was there. I had no idea who he was and thought he posted the most full of shit crap I have ever read. This year he seems to have many followers. I have seen alot of hockey blogs lately that refer to him and his crap rumors or blogs that just make up their rediculious rumors on their own.

It is crap like his blog that will prevent all hockey bloggers from being taken seriously. He is the prob. with our community - but hey he is free to post what ever he wants (not my part to stop him) but I will just not read his blog anymore and pay no attention to "rumors" that I hear he has fabricated!

By the way I am not a Leafs or Canucks fan (I am oviosly a Bruins fan) but I do enjoy checking into to your site daily to see what you are posting. Keep up the good work.

At February 4, 2007 at 1:45 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Geez, Jimbuff, thanks. You guys do a hell of a job at Ghosts of the Garden as well. Like the win by the Bruins last night?
I think Eklund's time will expire at some point. However, reading the comments from his posts, you get the feeling that most of his followers are in their teens and may not know any better. It kind of has a cult feel to it. It's funny how his buddy DeGroat (?)always jumps to his rescue whenever there is any backlash. It's like he pays that guy to surf the web and defend him in any anti-Eklund forum.
Is Eklund ruining things for bloggers? I doubt it. It's a rumor site for the most part. However, the other writers on his site do a pretty good job.
RC, I agree with your ideas almost entirely. A blogger applicant would have to have creds, his site would have to be monitored for content, and maybe 2 bloggers exclusively per team. There would have to be control. As in life, it wouldn't hurt to know someone on the inside either.
When I read your examples, it reminds me a bit of Christy at Behind the Jersey. She has creds and knows the Wings owner through acquaintances. Her site is legit, and there is no reason why she should not have team access.


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