Sunday, October 03, 2010

NHL Backs Down on Barring Bloggers

The National Hockey League has backed off a previously-leaked draft policy that would have barred sports bloggers from its club dressing rooms and arena press boxes. The league has opted, instead, to continue its current practice of letting each team decide for itself on the issue.

Money quote from today's New York Times coverage:
At the heart of the discussion is a complex — and often strident — debate about the role of bloggers, conflicting views among the teams about the ways to cater to their fans and the challenge of fashioning new guidelines for sports media that, as Brown put it, is “morphing at warp speed.”
Canadian teams are described as among the "hawks" on the issue, remaining largely disinclined to open access to the hockey blogs.

Oh, and by the way, the Leafs beat Detroit 4-2 in Saturday night pre-season play, avenging an embarrassing 7-3 loss on Friday.

Finally, my last hockey note - a bit of wishful thinking in La Belle Province: Quebec City NHL rally draws thousands
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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