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2006-04-13 13:54
by Will Carroll

Here's breaking news: web sites don't get credentials.

The guys at Denver Sports Zone found this out recently and posted about it. The post was thoughtful, but their solution was ... well, less than ideal.

There's a couple schools of thought on this:

1) Bloggers don't need access.

This one's crap to me. If you don't need access, fine. If you're not going to go to games, fine. I want all the information I possibly can. Give me the box scores and the game story, the columnists and the analysts.

2) Kick against the pricks.

DSZ is kind of taking this route. Press credentials are a privilege for most, outside of the BBWAA which has negotiated its rights. I'm not owed credentials and think that it would be much easier to convince the BBWAA to accept net-based baseball writers than it would to get both teams and MLB to accept them.

3) Keep doing good work

I've finally settled down and started taking a middle road. I'll take what access I get, work hard to prove I did something with it, and when I can, lobby the proper people for increased access.

Unless net-based writers are willing to take a reasoned, organized approach to organizing, professionalizing, and lobbying, this isn't going to change. Not now, not soon, and with the pace of baseball, probably not during my career. Bloggers eat their own with regularity, so I have long since stopped trying to get an IBWA going.

One final thought on this -- if you're asking for credentials, go to the mirror and ask yourself "What do you do for a living?" If you really want the credential, there's only one right answer.

2006-04-13 21:19:50
1.   photogirl
I signed the petition. Would have been nice to list more than one blog I support though.


2006-04-14 09:46:57
2.   KurtEvans
If you recall, in the Spring of 2005 I tried to get some sort of relationship going with the Cubs organization, but they were less than receptive. I don't mind being told "no," but there was a point when I was concerned that they were just completely ignoring me, and that pissed me off.

The thing is, I don't really think bloggers need the press pass. I would LIKE one, but to be honest, it would probably be for the wrong reasons. But if I want to interview players, I'm pretty sure I can do that anyway - or at least, I know how to try. If I want to cover Cubs games, I know for a fact that I can get access to minor league games and that might be more interesting anyway.

Otherwise, typos and bogus rumors included, sometimes I think bloggers have more credibility, anyway. A blogger isn't going to write the company line. A blogger will write with more stinging criticism. A blogger will usually be honest.

Besides, as a blogger I get to create hilarious photoshops about my team, and I'm quite certain I wouldn't be allowed to do that if I worked for an accredited source.

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