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Greg Bedard's - Boston Sports Journal

Discussion in 'Our Errors are Mistakes: The Media Forum' started by RIFan, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. RIFan

    RIFan Member SoSH Member

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    Greg Bedard is back with a subscription website that looks promising. Sean McAdam & Chris Price will be writing for him. Bruins and Celtics beat TBD.
     
  2. Rusty13

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    I like what I'm hearing so far. Especially this: "[This] will be a 100 percent politics-free zone. We want to this to be an oasis from the outside world."
     
  3. nattysez

    nattysez Member SoSH Member

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    Yeah, I'll probably subscribe and see how it goes. I like Bedard and McAdam.
     
  4. Rusty13

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    I wonder who he is bringing in for C's coverage? I'm hoping it's one of the RedsArmy guys.
     
  5. the1andonly3003

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    Chris Forsberg from eSPN?
     
  6. cshea

    cshea Member SoSH Member

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    Joe McDonald would seem to make sense as the B's guy.
     
  7. RIFan

    RIFan Member SoSH Member

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    If they get the Bruins beat right (and I strongly suspect they will - Joey Mac?), they'll gain a lot of subscribers from Bruins fans. That beat is tremendously underserved.
     
  8. Rusty13

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    Would he really leave the relative comforts of ESPN for this venture though? He was one of the lucky ones not to get a pink slip, so he's probably safe for a while.
     
  9. RIFan

    RIFan Member SoSH Member

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    I know his contract ran through August with ESPN, so based on the announcement saying they have one lined up but can't announce indicates he's probably the one. I run into him from time to time and will ask.
     
  10. Dotrat

    Dotrat Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I will happily, gleefully subscribe--three good & thoughtful guys allergic to hot takes.
     
  11. TFP

    TFP Dope Dope

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    If Joey Mac is the B's guy they can just take my money at this point. Definitely in for him, McAdam, and Price. I could do without Bedard but so be it.

    I like the idea and hope it succeeds.
     
  12. JCizzle

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    I really like McAdam. Assuming they make a good Celtics hire, then I'm in.
     
  13. cshea

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    I can't think of anyone else that it could be.

    As you noted, the Bruins beat has been embarrassingly bad for a long time now so anything new from this site will be refreshing. I was always a Joey Mac fan at the WWL, it'd be great to have him back on strictly the Bruins beat. They probably could do some real damage if they hire the right hockey guys.
     
  14. Maximus

    Maximus Member SoSH Member

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    Big fan of McAdam and Bedard, they are both pro's. Price is fine. Interested to see who gets the Bruins and Celtics beat.
     
  15. Rusty13

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    I'm seeing conflicting reports on the cost. Either $4.99 per month or $35 for the year?
     
  16. RedOctober3829

    RedOctober3829 Member SoSH Member

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    For Bruins, my bet is that it will be Pete Blackburn. For Celtics, an intriguing name could be Real GM's Andrew Perna.
     
  17. NoXInNixon

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    He also mentioned something on F&M about a three year subscription for $75.
     
  18. cshea

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    Pete's not really the beat writer type, though it'd be amusing to see him and Haggs working the same day-to-day beat.
     
  19. RIFan

    RIFan Member SoSH Member

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    He said on Twitter it's not him.
     
  20. RedOctober3829

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    OK. So that means Joey Mac is probably the guy.
     
  21. TFP

    TFP Dope Dope

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    Yeah I didn't see any way that would be Pete. He doesn't seem like a grind it out, beat writer, columnist type personality. I say that without criticism - he's built an awesome brand for himself almost completely from scratch, that just doesn't seem to be it.

    I'd bet almost anything it's Joey Mac.
     
  22. Marbleheader

    Marbleheader Dope Dope

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    I hope he's successful, but it seems doomed to fail. The number of people looking for informed analysis are limited and in the information age, people are generally unwilling to pay when they can get the gist of it on Twitter in a sentence or two.
     
  23. mcpickl

    mcpickl Member SoSH Member

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    Correct. This is what Bedard said on the radio.
     
  24. thehitcat

    thehitcat Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Then let's all sign up and make it a success. We have the numbers to be a big part of this working if it's worth it and I'd love a site that could work hand in hand with the best posters we have on this site, SOSH.com and ITP. We want good content lets show it.
     
  25. TheoShmeo

    TheoShmeo Skrub's sympathy case Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Bedard's mid-week analysis in the Globe was stellar. In contrast to what Ben Volin does in that spot now, Bedard frequently offered novel points and was very insightful. I'm inclined to give this a shot.
     
  26. Jeff Van GULLY

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    I wonder what Bedard will do with Price on the Pats beat. Bedard really worked himself up as a national writer with SI and MMQB and this is going to be "hyper local". If he's mainly just managing and posting an occasional piece that would be a shame.

    It's an interesting model and one I may subscribe to but really want to know who the other two writers are. The model is predicated on selling the writing talent and as of now, he can't disclose two of the "Big 4". So, to me, the timing seems a bit awkward.
     
  27. cshea

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    Pats training camp opens next week. 2/3 of the talent on the site is on the football side, so I'm guessing Bedard wants to start pumping out content right away and capitalize on the wave of interest in a new Pats season. McAdam can jump in and has the trade deadline and playoff races to work with. This is the quiet portion of the hockey and and basketball offseasons anyways, so I think he can wait until closer to NHL/NBA camps opening up. Seems he's got the Bruins guy ready to go anyways but he just can't announce it yet.
     
  28. The Napkin

    The Napkin wise ass al kaprielian Dope SoSH Member

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    We know it's not Haggs so that's one bullet dodged at least.
     
  29. Lose Remerswaal

    Lose Remerswaal Leaves after the 8th inning Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    CHB was saying on the Beetle and Zo show that he knew who the B's guy was but couldn't talk about it
     
  30. RedOctober3829

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    Hmm.....CHB knows so one might think it's a Globe guy. KPD or Fluto?
     
  31. John Marzano Olympic Hero

    John Marzano Olympic Hero has fancy plans, and pants to match Dope

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    If it's KPD, I am definitely not buying this thing. It was either this past Sunday or the Sunday before, KPD wrote a story about the New England Whalers and their reunion of the first WHA Championship team that was so god damn awful that I almost couldn't finish reading it. Purple prose, "clever" turns of phrases; it was all just such terrible writing. And the thing that sucks, I was interested in reading about it.

    KPD loves to be different and literate, but he doesn't have the chops to do it.
     
  32. The Napkin

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    KPD and Fluto were the other bullets to dodge and either would turn me into a non-sub. They're worthless to read for free. Blech.
     
  33. cshea

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    I think Fluto is fine when he actually, you know, writes about hockey. It's the endless foodie tweets and columns. "Hi everyone! Bruins are in Ottawa for a playoff game tonight, but who cares about that, here's my lunch!" If it's KPD they won't get a dime from me.

    Those 2 are still employed so I think it has to be Joey Mac. He fits in as a recently laid off guy who has worked the team beat in the past. Same boat as Bedard, Price and McAdam.
     
  34. Chad Finn

    Chad Finn Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    It's not Fluto or Dupont. Fluto doesn't do the food posts anymore. Wish he did. I loved them.
     
  35. Jeff Van GULLY

    Jeff Van GULLY Member SoSH Member

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    Thanks Chad. This is certainly going to give you more to write about. Look forward to reading about it.
     
  36. jsinger121

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    What about Matt Kalman? Isn't he a freelance guy?
     
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  37. Gorton Fisherman

    Gorton Fisherman Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I'll subscribe, at least for a while, just on general principles, probably regardless of who they end up hiring for B's and C's coverage. I like McAdam, Bedard, and Price, and would love to see this type of business model succeed. I tend to agree with Farhad Manjoo of the NYT that encouraging the growing trend of paying directly for content you like via subscriptions is probably the best path forward to get us to a point someday in the future where consuming content on the Internet doesn't generally suck.
     
  38. RedOctober3829

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    B-Robb is the C's guy per our own Chad Finn.
     
  39. The Napkin

    The Napkin wise ass al kaprielian Dope SoSH Member

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    Great!

    Fluto's last 10 tweets:
    NASCAR (7/17)
    food (7/16)
    food (7/16)
    Article on Kuznetsov (7/16)
    NASCAR (7/16)
    Tour de France (7/15)
    NASCAR (7/15)
    NASCAR (7/14)
    article (by Alex Speier) on Chris Sale (7/11)
    Tour de France (7/1)

    4 on NASCAR
    2 on TdF
    2 on food
    1 article on hockey (non-Bruins)
    1 retweeted baseball article

    Nothing about Czarnik signing (7/18)
    Nothing about McIntyre and Subban signings (7/14)
    Nothing about development camp (7/6)

    Fluto doesn't do anything anymore.
     
  40. Chad Finn

    Chad Finn Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Fluto has never been much of a Twitter person. Diverse list, though.
     
  41. j-man

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    he is a great guy real stand up me and him talked about denver turns out he was right but i was right about SD/LA
     
  42. leetinsley38

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    The B-Robb news is good too. I agree with Gorton Fishsticks - will be voting with my dollars for this to succeed as well.
    One minor disappointment from someone that wants this to succeed - wish they had some sort of signup button or call to action on the site before they started going public, on 98.5 etc to talk about this. GB went on the top rated sports radio show, Felger pumped it up as a major announcement, and yet there's no way to give them my $ or even take an email address to be notified when it goes live.
     
  43. Joe Sixpack

    Joe Sixpack Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    At the very bottom of their page you can provide your email address.
     
  44. leetinsley38

    leetinsley38 Member SoSH Member

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    Ahh thanks sorry, missed that.
     
  45. JimD

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    The Athletic seems to be off to a promising start in Chicago, Toronto and a few other markets, although it does have the advantage of deeper pockets than Bedard's site unless he brings in other investors.

    Seriously thinking of subscribing just for McAdams. Great hire.
     
  46. the1andonly3003

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  47. Byrdbrain

    Byrdbrain Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    This has gone live and it is free to use until the 30th.
     
  48. Dotrat

    Dotrat Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Subscribed as a 'Die Hard' this morning--I'm really rooting for sites like this and ITP for those of us who prefer our takes served warm.
     
  49. the1andonly3003

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    What do Bs fans think of Bedard the Bruins beat writer?
     
  50. allstonite

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    He's not going to be right? It says their guy can't start for 3 weeks. It's also probably the deadest part of the NHL schedule anyway
     

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