These guys are becoming obsolete. It'll take years, still, but they've held a great deal of power over sports simply by being the guys who decide what's going to get talked about and what isn't. They've had an inordinate amount of control over the public dialogue about baseball, and a lot of things have happened to teams, to players, to managers and owners, as a side result of what these guys have chosen to write about, who they've championed and who they've dumped on... and remember, their purpose is to sell advertisements. You can't tell a story unless you can work an angle. How many useful things were we never told just because someone wasn't bright enough to figure out an angle on it?
Now? Now there's a ton of different ways to get a scoop on the Sox and more than ever the readers are deciding what they want to read, and more and more it isn't Murray's latest bilge, coughed up because the editor needs something on page C-5. Blogs, news aggregators like Google News, tag sites like del.icio.us and Digg, and, of course, SoSH... these are where I go first and second for my Sox information. We aren't selling ads here. We aren't faced with a deadline and a column to fill. We don't need some kind of angle to make the info stand out. We just want to know what's next.
There's always going to be a place for good sportswriters and sports reporters. Access gives them an edge. So does practice. But they aren't going to run things anymore... they'll only be as relevant as they can prove they're worth being, with good stories, insight, and that inside info that Joe Blogger in Poughkeepsie just doesn't have. They'll have to earn their place by the fire... and Murray and the CHB know they aren't up for it anymore.
So, yeah, they're hearing the footsteps. And it's getting louder, and it's coming from all directions...
... and it's about time.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to wander on over to 38 Pitches and see what's new.
Edited by Resonance Wright, 29 March 2007 - 10:21 PM.