An icy debate

In putting together a story on the New York Islanders' plans to allow bloggers to cover their home games next year I had two...

In putting together a story on the New York Islanders' plans to allow bloggers to cover their home games next year I had two interesting conversations with Chris Botta, VP, communications for the Islanders and Will Leitch, the editor of the sports blog Deadspin.

Part of those conversations could not be included in the print or web versions of the article, so here are some of the excerpts.

Botta on accommodating traditional reporters so they can meet their deadlines:
I still feel the obligation to treat them with the utmost respect and get them their interviews and then bring the [bloggers] in. That’s an issue that’s come up in the last few days, but I’m confident we’re going to get through that.

Leitch on why bloggers or traditional media people will frown upon the idea:
Legitimate bloggers, who put in a lot of time on their stuff will not apply for this because they see it as the fan ploy that it is. And the hockey reporters are going to say it’s another sign of the apocalypse because they are giving press passes to bloggers.

Leitch on the Islanders telling potential blog box attendees it would set them up away from the “scribes and broadcasters because we know you want to cheer [and] shout”:
You know that’s what they think all bloggers are, just crazy people screaming on the Internet. I’m not sure how much it advances or brings back the cause or even answers the question of what kind of blogger do you give press passes to.

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