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Boston's Rapaport to NFL Network

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Rockbottom, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. Rockbottom

    Rockbottom Active Member

    Sources close to the RB Pipeline report that former Boston Herald/Birmingham News/Jackson Clarion-Ledger "young stud" Ian R. Rapaport has accepted a new position with the NFL Network.

  2. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Will the last person leaving turn out the light?
  3. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Not the Globe, the Herald. Your point stands, though.
  4. Curious what NFL Network's long term plan is. Seems they are loading up for something, wondering if they are considering following the ESPN model of covering divisions with a couple of all encompassing info guys.

    With Breer, Darlington and now Rapaport, they'v assembled a talented young group to complement Wyche and LaCanfora.
  5. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Rapaport did a very good job at the Herald. Too bad for my alma mater they lost him.
  6. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Not NFL Network but NFL related - is ESPN bulking up its list of NFL bloggers? One per team?
  7. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Dave Kindred thinks he might be good someday. :D
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    And great hire by the way...
  9. Not that I'm aware of but I suppose that'd be the next logical step. Though it would be a bit confusing in cities where they have ESPN sub sites like Chicago, Boston, Dallas, etc.
  10. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Is there a single newspaper doing anything to keep the talent they have? I ask in all seriousness. Obviously someone like Rappaport would be crazy to stay, but I get the sense that newspapers are driving their young people to look hard at other options just by being incapable of being anything other than dinosaurs.

    Ian is great. Happy for him.
  11. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, keeping that kind of talent -- and paying more to do it, as usually happened when a talented employee received an offer from elsewhere -- simply does not measure out on the bottom line anymore. NFL Network is insulated from that trouble, and for the most part I think the places that are connected to the TV networks are as well (ESPN, Fox and the regional sports network web sites).

    But I wouldn't be surprised to see the reckoning come online soon enough. We already have seen it with AOL. And Yahoo's CEO said yesterday that his company was going to lay off thousands of people. Is a news operation that has questionable financial value beyond the fantasy sports revenue going to be immune from that?
  12. henryhenry

    henryhenry Member

    Does NFL Network do real journalism?

    how much autonomy does it have?

    when these talented people go to work for the leagues do they risk being perceived as part of the publicity machine?

    and if that is so, is their increased visibility mitigated by less credibility?
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