On The Changing Landscape of Sports Media (in Philadelphia)

Excuse us for being so meta today.

Earlier today, Ted Leonsis  – the former AOL president who now owns the Washington Capitals, Wizards, Mystics, and the Verizon Center – lazily blasted blogs on his – get this – blog by lambasting the fact that bloggers didn’t stay up late enough to update their sites after last night’s Wizards game… which Leonsis only cared about because he himself didn’t stay up to watch the end of the game

So today I woke up early – 530 am, and looked to the scores of the Wizards vs. Trail Blazer game last night. As noted – I only could stay up til half time. 

NBC local news had a running scroll with the score; that was a nice way to wake up and have a cup of coffee. 

I then went online and read the Washington Post. It covered the game well as the writer was at the game. I then went to several of my favorite Wizards blogs; and what did I see? Previews of the game. A story about Portland and their plans.  One had an article about the Miami Heat game from Friday. 

It appears no local Wizards blogger stayed up late and wrote about the game in real time? I am sure they will do a good job later today; but without NBC local and the Post – I wouldn’t have the data that I wanted and needed. 

Thank goodness for professional media in this regard. They made me happy; thank you.


Why am I telling you this? Well, blogs and mainstream media, especially in the realm of sports, have probably never been more at odds than they are now. And never has the playing field been nearly as even as it is today (I’d argue that if you were to start a mainstream news website or a one-person blog right now, you would probably have a higher or the same probability of making a profit with the blog).

Drew and I gave our thoughts to Cabrini student reporter Kevin Durso, who penned a nice piece about the changing landscape of sports coverage in Philadelphia. Give it a read… you know, if this sort of thing interests you.

You can listen to my thoughts on the future of TV on WIP, too (after the jump)… but now we’re getting silly as I wait with boyish enthusiasm for pitchers and catchers to give me something – anything – to write about.

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25 Responses

  1. Bloggers make little money and paid reporters are losing their jobs.
    If there is a war, who is winning?
    The blogging business is scouring social media for scraps and blasting out another man’s work, and the newspaper industry is dead.
    If I wanted to make it in media, I’d get my Brioni suit and best Charvet tie and figure out how to interesting in front of a camera or, in the worst case, radio.

  2. Here’s my thought, you write like a 20 year old frat guy with cock references in every other post.
    It’s funny to see a guy like Matt Cerrone, worked his ass off blogging the lowly Mets including game recaps at hours Ted Leonsis would be proud of, and now he’s on SNY regularly. You? Nothing.

  3. You’re entitled to your opinion “Joe Mama internet commenter,” but it’s pretty ballsy to insinuate that a guy, whose site you’re commenting on, doesn’t work plenty hard…

  4. I think that you jump the gun a bit Kyle when talking about the demise of professional journalism.
    Professional journalism and snarky blogging are not mutually exclusive, nor should they be. Beat reporters do this stuff 24/7 and are always on call. Sometimes you don’t post on the weekends. I’m not faulting you, but it is what it is.
    Professional journalists are also much more accountable than you are. If you try to break a story and are wrong, you will in no way face the heat that a real journalist would. Your checks and balances just aren’t there neither. You are accountable to yourself and the traffic you drive to your site. Someone like David Murphy is accountable to himself, his readers, his editors, executives at whatever Philly Media is called now, and their investors.
    I think there should be both. You entertain me, but you definitely don’t inform and educate me the way someone like David Murphy does. And that’s fine. Maybe Bill Baer and the rest of Crashburn Alley can fit this purpose, but I still think that people want one place to go. Sure, you can aggregate blogs with tools, but not everyone is going to want to do that.

  5. @Joe Mama
    Last time I checked, Kyle has done radio (and I think) TV. Is it a steady job? No. But by the same point, you don’t get a network TV job overnight.
    I think you should get your facts straight first before you fire off an angry internet comment.

  6. I don’t know how anyone can argue that there is real pressure on a beat writer. Once you master writing game stories and notebooks, there is no learning curve. Do you think Les Bowen or Tim Pinaccio are breaking the bricks, thinking of ways to reinvent the business?

  7. Most beat writers have their story written before the game is even half over anyway. They just plug in the final scores and stats and only have to rewrite if something crazy happens.

  8. That’s right, scum bags. I’m an educator. Add that to the list of things I love about myself and that make me much better at life than you are.

  9. @joe mama- I don’t understand, if you hate the site why do you comment & read the dick jokes?? Fucking wine & cheese geek

  10. Kyle, what is with all the haters in the comments lately? Oh well, they are still generating hits for your site. Play on.

  11. Nick– all fair points, but you are very wrong if you think that any beat writer works some sort of crazy schedule. most are union employees who get 3-4 months to make up gobs of comp time. nothing against what they do, but i can promise you that I, or anyone else who owns their own (rather successful, id say) business, works much harder and is, in fact, always on call. and never not accountable for what they making a living doing.

  12. Kyle, fair enough. I concede that I really can’t comment on how time works. I know you are always updating your site, so I can see what you do. I just imagine the traditional media deadlines are a different dynamic though. Maybe the 24/7 effect comes in more with people like Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal.
    I must say though that the sheer number of blowhards in traditional media is astounding. At least half of the sportswriters at Philly Media are total hacks and I avoid reading them at all costs.
    Overall, keep up the good work. Crossing Broad is a great resource and I hope it’s around for a long time.

  13. Just to play Devil’s Advocate…
    You’re post is about the Wizards’ owner complaining that he went to blogs to find TE score of his teams game, and yet I found this post because I came here for a Sixers review from last night which is t here…
    If it was the Phillies it would have been the first story posted today…

  14. i actually updated the phillies website the night the won the ws from a bar… but, yeah.
    swpchris- we don’t do game recaps, never have. you can find 50 other generic ones anywhere. why enter a crowded, commoditized market? for the phillies we do morning wood, because, honestly, many more people are interested in phillies day-after news and nonsense.

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