Via BTF, Milwaukeeans Jason Albert and Steven Hyden debate the merits of a professional sporting press. I tend to agree with Hyden, who believes that there is still a real need for working reporters with access. People like me certainly can’t report anything. The highest and best use for bloggers, in my humble opinion, is opinion, and we can’t write it without the Tom Haudricourts of the world getting the news.
I’m with Albert, however, when he talks about nuts and bolts stuff like box scores, recaps and injury reports:
I like to think I’m a pretty dedicated Brewers fan, but I can’t remember the last time I read a game recap. There’s just no need. When I miss a game, I can get free, real-time status updates on my phone, and for $15 a month I can watch any archived game I want on mlb.tv. Not to mention all the relevant highlights are posted online immediately following the game, if not sooner. The only thing I use the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for is up-to-date injury reports, roster moves, and columns. Except for the columns, that’s all stuff that originates from the Brewers’ offices, and could easily be dispersed through the team’s media relations flacks.
Of course, I read multiple recaps every day in order to write”And That Happened,” which essentially mocks the idea of game recaps. I’m not sure what that all means, but I feel that if I think about it too much my grandfather won’t be born, I’ll cease to exist and the world will fold in on itself or something.