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My kingdom for a full press area.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Three posts in one day? I must be bored.

I'm watching the post-game for the All-Star Game right now, as NHL.com is streaming it. It looks ... dead. I mean dead dead. Deader than the mouse I found dead a month ago in my apartment dead. There's probably no more than, maybe, 4-5 media-type folks at the seats there, as they ask some questions to Joe Sakic, and before then Brendan Shanahan.

It's saddening, really. Look, I understand that this is the All-Star Game, so media representation is hardly a big deal to any newspaper or media outlet in the U.S., and maybe even in Canada to an extent. But the problem is that this looks depressing. Like there's no one there that cares.

Then I remembered this entry made today by Paul over at Kukla's Korner, talking about the recent meeting held by the Pro Hockey Writers Association, where the question about bloggers getting press credentials was brought up.

And really, when you look at the fact that newspapers in the U.S. are leaving the NHL like rats abandoning a sinking ship, what is there to lose? So far the NHL has actually been the vanguard for sports when it comes to welcoming the Internet with open arms, drawing in people with things such as YouTube and Google video uploads, and even the hiring of people such as Paul for regular articles on their website.

Is there anything that the league -- and the individual teams -- has to lose by opening its doors to bloggers and independent writers without any newspaper/media affiliations, and allowing them the ability to get a more up close and personal with the teams or the league? If you want to penetrate the Internet populace, then giving the people who have a hand in the fanbase of the sport on the Internet -- bloggers -- a chance to be more in-depth with their writing and fan following, can only help.

All things considered, by next year's All-Star Game, they may be down to just three people asking questions. Or less.

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