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Jenny Dell removed from Red Sox beat because of relationship with third baseman

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Gator, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    Jenny Dell, a Boston Red Sox sideline reporter for NESN, has been in a not-so-secret love affair with Boston third basemen Will Middlebrooks for some time. At least a year. They live together. So NESN finally catches wind of this and reassigns her. Obvious conflict of interest for a journalist and the company had to make the move. She'll stay with NESN, but just do other things.

    Still, many believe Dell was wronged and should have been able to keep her position. And not just fans, but Boston media personalities as well. How could there be line of thinking? She had to come off that beat, right? A no-brainer. If she stayed on the beat, it could present myriad issues along the way. So I don't see how anyone can defend it.

    The whole Red Sox-NESN-Boston Globe thing is already incestuous as it is, I'm sure another layer isn't needed.

  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    There's a pretty significant difference between an affair and a relationship. Either way, it's a conflict of interest...

    What will be interesting will be if NESN asks her to exploit her relationship with him when there's breaking news...
  3. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    That is one huge can of worms. I imagine Middlebrooks probably has some teammates looking at him in a different light, too.
  4. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Of course she had to come off the beat. Why it's even a discussion is baffling.
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    We were down for about 15 hours.
  6. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Haven't lost count of anyone who cares.
  7. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    No more calls please ... WE HAVE A WINNER!
  8. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    I don't have the like.
  9. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Except my entire twitter feed is porn stars, and they're really misinformed.
  10. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Jeebuz, Ralph, go get some fresh air.
  11. JimmyHoward33

    JimmyHoward33 Well-Known Member

    Some of the people I've heard "supporting" Dell seem to think NESN should let her out of her contract to pursue FS1 or MLB Network gigs that were rumored a month ago, when Middlebrooks outed their relationship on Twitter. Reports yesterday were that NESN has decided to use her non-compete to keep her and stick her in a studio role. Don't know how I feel about that.....seems a little petty but if you sign a contract them's the breaks.

    It's a no-brainer that she can't be on the beat now. The other question is did NESN know for a while, and they're only now reacting because it's public? They should've made a move when they found out, public or not.
  12. Turtle Wexler

    Turtle Wexler Member

    Forget blaming NESN. Why didn't Dell have the foresight to ask for reassignment when she entered into a relationship with a player?

    I certainly could argue about the ethics of dating a source (protip: don't do it), but sometimes you can't help who you fall in love with, and many people meet their significant others at work. OK.

    But the fact this didn't register on her professional radar is a breech. And situations like this are what help perpetuate the myth that all female sports journalists want to sleep with players.
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