Friday, October 24, 2008


Via a Fanshot at Blogabull, it appears Sam Smith will now be writing exclusively at

This is pretty frickin' bizarre, but then these are bizarre times in the media biz.

Now, on the one hand, the Bulls executive VP points out that "the Chicago Bulls will have no right of prior approval over the things Sam writes. He has been given complete independence by us, the same kind of independence he enjoyed while writing for the past 25 years at the Chicago Tribune.”

Okay, good for Sam (and his readers). But on the other hand, it seems to me that, even when you're granted complete independence by your employers, might not the fact that they're your employers affect, if only in a subconscious way, what you write?

This isn't a knock on Sam; he probably needs the money and God knows the Trib shouldn't have cut him loose. But it seems to me something like this could very much be the future of sports journalism, which I find a little unnerving.

(But of course, bloggers like me are the real problem with the media environment today, so what the hell do I know?)


Anonymous bullshooter said...

You're right, this is pretty scary. But hey, you're all for a bigger government, right? This is just an extension of that. What could be easier than the team telling you what to think...

6:04 PM  
Blogger CoachSkiles said...

$700 billion bail-out sham, TYI approved! We're glad Wall St. has finally embraced socialism! Now if McCain can just get down with Palin's redistribution of wealth via oil payouts.

Glad to see Sam is back; I miss his wacky trade ideas.

Can't wait to see something like, Hughes and Aaron Gray for Eddie Curry and Nate Robinson.

Does everyone realize we overpaid Deng yet?

11:12 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home