In a piece at Puck Daddy, Greg Wyshynski talks about the always interesting "should bloggers be credentialed by teams?" argument and here is what he reported on the Rangers feelings regarding giving bloggers access to the team...
"According to multiple sources speaking on background, a New York Rangers blogger affiliated with SB Nation was credentialed by the NHL for the 2010 Draft in Los Angeles. The Rangers were reportedly upset at his presence because the blogger was associated with a "Fire Sather" rally in March that targeted the Rangers' beleaguered general manager. The Rangers, and other teams, viewed this as a writer "crossing over" into "irresponsible" fan behavior.
It was someone the Rangers do not credential, but the NHL did; so the Rangers, and like-minded teams, suggested a change in policy that would offer them more control over access to their personnel away from MSG."
...this may shock some of you, but I agree with the Rangers here. They don't have to allow access to anyone. Why should they be forced to give access to a group of bloggers they may not be comfortable with?
...it is a very difficult situation, because anyone can start a blog (look at me). How do you define the parameters of who is credentialed? Traffic? Quality of posts? Schooling? Just because a blog gets 5,000 hits a day doesn't mean the writer won't act in an unprofessional manner when around the athletes.
...and in the case of the Rangers and the above said blogger, why in the world would Sather give access to someone involved with setting up a rally calling for his firing?
...having said all that, despite the Rangers stepping up their social media game this summer, they are woefully behind the times with bloggers. Wyshyski reports that the Islanders have a "Blog Box" where credentialed bloggers have limited access to the team. That's actually pretty cool. I'd like to see the Rangers possibly set something like that up for some of the serious bloggers (again don't know what the parameters would be).
...at the end of the day I don't care either way. I don't want to sit in the press box or want access to the team. I'd much rather be in the crowd with the Garden Faithful or at home listening to Rosen while cheering on my beloved Blueshirts then pull out my computer and pass along my thoughts to the readers.
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