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Islanders ban blogger/former team employee

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by cougargirl, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. cougargirl

    cougargirl Active Member

    Surprised I haven't seen this floating around here yet - the Islanders have cut off team access to former employee Chris Botta, who is an AOL FanHouse writer and runs NYI Point Blank.

  2. writingump

    writingump Member

    Without having read the link, this might tell you why the Islanders are so bad -- they care more about banning access to writers than providing a winning product for the few fans remaining.
  3. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    chris, a friend and neighbor of mine, is respected by all. this incident has even been a topic on wfan and the obnoxious mike francesa, who NEVER addresses hockey issues. chris was even interviewed by francesa this afternoon.

    no doubt in my mind that botta's popular blog will be back in business within 48 hours. the isles never get publicity in n.y.; for this to be the primary pub they've received in forever cannot be something charles wang is happy about.

    what a laughingstock this once dominant and proud franchise has become....
  4. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Here is FanHouse's story on FanHouse's writer:

  5. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    Deviating a bit from the topic at hand, but the LA Times' Helene Elliott fired off a salvo at the Islanders in her NHL column this week:

    <<New York Islanders Coach Scott Gordon, fired Monday after the team's losing streak hit 10, was a scapegoat for years of mismanagement and penny-pinching payrolls. Jack Capuano, coach of their American Hockey League farm team, will take over on an interim basis. If the NHL relegated bottom-feeders to lower leagues, the Islanders would be in whatever is below a beer league. …>>
  6. miller2713

    miller2713 New Member

    This story keeps getting more and more interesting as it seems now that both sides are pointing their finger at the other.
  7. Cousin Jeffrey

    Cousin Jeffrey Active Member

    When he worked FOR the Isles, Botta started first major push to bring bloggers into the press box, creating a blogger press box. Got some pub for them at the time. A few teams have copied it, in some capacity.

    Very good guy.
  8. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    Clearly, the Islanders feel that Botta should not be criticizing them after a 20-year relationship. Incredibly disappointing.
  9. gingerbread

    gingerbread Well-Known Member

    This might be the first time in history where fans overwhelmingly back the journalist and not the team. That says all you need to know about Chris Botta ... and the Islanders.

    It's still unclear whether or not they'll credential him for FanHouse. He's only our senior hockey writer. Will the Islanders credential other writers from FanHouse, but not Chris? Will they credential Chris for FanHouse as long as he promises not to write about them for his personal blog? What a foolish decision by a team that obviously could use a good PR firm.
    The Islanders could have told players and execs not to talk to Botta ... that's the route taken by the Knicks and Yankees and probably hundreds of other teams, big and small, when they have a conflict with a single journalist.
  10. derwood

    derwood Active Member


  11. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    I don't think they have much to worry about with the Cup finals.
  12. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Isn't Botta trying to have it both ways> He's agreed to interviews with journalists he trusts, shutting everyone else out, yet the Islanders are shutting him out because they don't trust him.

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