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I hope some outlet is smart enough to offer Sean McAdam a good gig - his work has been a highlight of BSJ's existence.

Reading between the lines, it sounds like Bedard is hoping to sell his interest in BSJ, for whatever that is worth these days. Skepticism about the site's continued viability is certainly warranted.
 

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I’ve been a subscriber since the beginning and feel like I’ve definitely gotten my $35/year worth. Once The Athletic became viable I couldn’t see how an independent operation like BSJ could survive.

Agree that McAdam’s work has been strong, hope he lands somewhere.
 

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Yeah I got the 3 year early on so I'm good through next summer, but I also have an Athletic sub. It's great to have so many great options with fantastic writers on both platforms, but I am going to hesitate to renew my BSJ until I see where it's going, luckily I have an entire NFL season to see what happens.
 

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How many local newspapers have an NFL lead writer who doesn't also lead coverage of the hometown team? I have to think the LVRJ is fairly unique in that regard.
 

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I just switched to a monthly plan ... my subscription was about to run out later this month and while $35 isn't that much, I'm not convinced it will be around (or that I'll want it) for another 7 months.
 

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I hope some outlet is smart enough to offer Sean McAdam a good gig - his work has been a highlight of BSJ's existence.

Reading between the lines, it sounds like Bedard is hoping to sell his interest in BSJ, for whatever that is worth these days. Skepticism about the site's continued viability is certainly warranted.
I would put Brian Robb in the same category, he's really good in my opinion.
 

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I wonder what this means for Miguel. He was doing the cap stuff before he ever got paid for it and it seems like a labor of love for him. But he's the most knowledgeable guy out there on the cap and some outfit would do well to try to grab him to be a league-focused capologist and not just a Patriots-specific one. I doubt the money is there for that though.
 

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How many local newspapers have an NFL lead writer who doesn't also lead coverage of the hometown team? I have to think the LVRJ is fairly unique in that regard.
Globe used to have that, with a national football writer and a 'beat guy' (ditto for baseball). I'd guess some major papers may still; I just don't read any daily closely enough to know these days.
 

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I wonder what this means for Miguel. He was doing the cap stuff before he ever got paid for it and it seems like a labor of love for him. But he's the most knowledgeable guy out there on the cap and some outfit would do well to try to grab him to be a league-focused capologist and not just a Patriots-specific one. I doubt the money is there for that though.
This is basically what Larry Coon (the NBA CBA FAQ guy) does with respect to the NBA. Then again even he has a day job at UC-Irvine so maybe that just proves your point.
 

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This is basically what Larry Coon (the NBA CBA FAQ guy) does with respect to the NBA. Then again even he has a day job at UC-Irvine so maybe that just proves your point.
It kind of feels like the general view on the NFL cap is that it's kind of make believe and that teams can do crazy things to avoid paying the tab, so that many fans don't really want to dig deep.

I kind of get that but just looking at Miguel's twitter and the followers he has and how active and high quality the discussion is there, I tend to think that a smart platform could do something.
 

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I’ve been a subscriber since the beginning and feel like I’ve definitely gotten my $35/year worth. Once The Athletic became viable I couldn’t see how an independent operation like BSJ could survive.

Agree that McAdam’s work has been strong, hope he lands somewhere.
McAdam is the one I worry about the most. It took him a while to get a new gig after Comcast let him go.
 

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Maybe the Athletic should buy BSJ and fold it in to their coverage? They've really been investing heavily lately, and snapping up all or some of the BSJ staff might be a good move.
 

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Maybe the Athletic should buy BSJ and fold it in to their coverage? They've really been investing heavily lately, and snapping up all or some of the BSJ staff might be a good move.
It almost makes too much sense. The Revs are one of the only MLS teams without dedicated coverage on The Athletic, and Sean Sweeney is by far the best Revs reporter I've ever encountered. His reporting on BSJ is directly responsible for me following the team this year. Conor Ryan is very impressive and would be a great add to their B's coverage (they seem to care a lot about hockey coverage in general). Robb would immediately be better than anyone they have doing the Celtics, and Miguel would fit their profile of adding writers who have unique numbers-based analysis and giving them freedom. McAdam, as alluded to, may be the odd one out. I hope the whole team gets to continue their work somewhere.
 

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Or wait for them to fail and pick off the pieces for nothing.
Buying them at the right time gets you the subscribers though. I'm a BSJ subscriber who would happily migrate over to the Athletic with McAdam and Robb. You'd think they'd be able to quantify a solid offer based on costs, subs etc..
 

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Buying them at the right time gets you the subscribers though. I'm a BSJ subscriber who would happily migrate over to the Athletic with McAdam and Robb. You'd think they'd be able to quantify a solid offer based on costs, subs etc..
Yeah, there could be some value in trying to retain potentially up to thousands of BSJ subscribers who also don't subscribe to the Athletic. The problem for McAdam is that the Atheltic is already loaded with Sox/MLB writers. Jennings, Buck, Gammo and Drellich are all there now.
 

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I've respected Bedard until now, but unless Sheldon Adelson has sold the paper, this is so ridiculous as to be offensive.

This one, at the end of the day, I had to accept mostly because of the leadership and newsroom at the RJ, and a local owner who believes and invests heavily in the product.
From Wikipedia:

When the paper was sold in 2015, it was initially unclear who the buyer was. The purchaser was a limited liability company, News + Media Capital Group LLC, and the only name listed on the documents was Michael Schroeder, a publisher of four small regional newspapers in Connecticut.[17] At a December 10 staff meeting informing the Review-Journal staff that the paper had been sold, Schroeder was introduced as the manager. He refused to say who the owners of News + Media were, saying that employees should "focus on [their] jobs...and don't worry about who [the owners] are."[18] Jason Taylor, the Review-Journal's publisher, said only that the ownership included "multiple owner/investors, that some are from Las Vegas, and that in face-to-face meetings he has been assured that the group will not meddle in the newspaper’s editorial content.”[17] There were widespread rumors that the primary buyer was Sheldon Adelson, and a week later three Review-Journal reporters confirmed that the purchase had been orchestrated by Adelson's son-in-law Patrick Dumont on Adelson's behalf.[19] A month before the new owner was revealed, three reporters at the newspaper received an assignment from corporate management: Spend two weeks monitoring the activity of three Clark County judges. One of the judges was District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez, who was hearing a long-running wrongful termination lawsuit filed against Adelson and his company[20], a lawsuit alleging that Adelson's Macao casino, Sands Macao, was connected to the Chinese Triads[21].

In January a set of editorial principles were drawn up and publicized to ensure the newspaper's independence and to deal with possible conflicts of interest involving Adelson's ownership. In February Craig Moon, a veteran of the Gannett organization, was announced as the new publisher and promptly withdrew those principles from publication. He also began to personally review, edit, and sometimes kill stories about an Adelson-promoted proposal for the future Las Vegas Raiders football stadium.[22] In the months since, reporters say that stories about Adelson, and particularly about an ongoing lawsuit involving his business dealings in Macau, have been heavily edited by top management.[23]

The new ownership triggered numerous departures. On December 23 the paper's editor Mike Hengel stepped down in a "voluntary buyout".[24] Many reporters and editors left the newspaper citing "curtailed editorial freedom, murky business dealings and unethical managers."[25] Longtime columnist John L. Smith resigned after he was told he could no longer write anything about Adelson, a frequent focus of his reporting up till then.[25] Within six months, all three of the reporters who broke the story of Adelson's ownership had left the paper.[25]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Vegas_Review-Journal#cite_note-leaving-25

 

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The Athletic generally sticks to 2 writers per team for larger markets, and that’s where all the Boston teams are except the Revs I guess. Plus they have Buckley who does more general stuff across all the teams. I’m not sure they would have room to take on the BSJ guys without some departures.
 

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The Athletic generally sticks to 2 writers per team for larger markets, and that’s where all the Boston teams are except the Revs I guess. Plus they have Buckley who does more general stuff across all the teams. I’m not sure they would have room to take on the BSJ guys without some departures.
McAdam would be a nice addition to 98.5 TSH. He could contribute across a bunch of shows and work with Mazz on the Baseball Reporters. Mazz and McAdam would be a nice tandem on that show.
 

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McAdam would be a nice addition to 98.5 TSH. He could contribute across a bunch of shows and work with Mazz on the Baseball Reporters. Mazz and McAdam would be a nice tandem on that show.
Hopefully he could rekindle his feud with "Mr. Baseball" Mike Felger. That was probably one of the best moments on the old Big Show ever. Felger was practically in tears.
 

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I've respected Bedard until now, but unless Sheldon Adelson has sold the paper, this is so ridiculous as to be offensive.



From Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Vegas_Review-Journal#cite_note-leaving-25

wow, that is quite the yikes. I know there have been rumours lately of Greg looking for a position as a talent advisor/ scout for the Pats etc which would further indicate a cash flow problem, but working for these people just compounds how desperate he is. That just sucks.
 

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wow, that is quite the yikes. I know there have been rumours lately of Greg looking for a position as a talent advisor/ scout for the Pats etc which would further indicate a cash flow problem, but working for these people just compounds how desperate he is. That just sucks.
when i was on twitter i talked to mr bedard a few times and he came off as a butthole at times but his knowalable was great
 
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Bedard is an overweening, talentless—and insecure—blowhard. Flusters easily. Needs to position himself a certain way. Loathes being pushed. Prefers obsequity. Also, lazy. When in doubt, prevaricates via obfuscation. Less interested in communication than possessing a fiefdom. If he’s ever had a second thought, it was, like his first, for himself.