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    Considering the qualifications they covet, they better be paying no less than 150K per year for this position. And Bobby……you strike me as a 750K per annum guy.

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    I’m with you Brother Pugs.

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    Looks like they are taking longer to find the desired candidate. As a result, Jenifer is heading to Jupiter for spring training.

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    Matt Meyers looks like he’s wearing one of those Russian hats that’s made from an otter. BTW, otters have no natural predators, and according to my understanding, if you barbecue one and try to serve it up, it will be the last barbecued otter you’ll ever serve because your guests will lynch you. OTOH, they have a voracious appetite for fish. Otters have been known to completely clean out a farmer’s fish pond in one night. They were reintroduced to Missouri a few years ago because somebody thought it was a good idea. 🙂

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    mud, you must have missed this in his profile: “Profile pic not me, but we went to the same HS.” I think he got you! 😉

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    Alright. He got me.

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    Not about sports writers but about sports anchors.

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    National MLB TV game analyst to also work for an MLB team. Interesting.

    https://www.mlb.com/mets/press-release/jessica-mendoza-joins-mets-as-advisor

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    I’d argue all of these are conflicts of interest, but Mendoza’s is possibly worse since she’s not just a face that throws on a suit for special events. She’s an true member of the front office.

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    Jen Langosch’s replacement, Anne Rogers, will be taking over the beat after she graduates this spring. Big job to fill.

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    Though written by the Peoria Chiefs beat writer, this is not about baseball specifically. It is an example of the growing trend by sports teams to try to control the media who cover them by limiting access.

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    There’s so much fake news being thrown around. You’re taking a risk trusting any writer who writes in any media. Many writers collude with agents and others in order to manipulate the reader’s thinking, and many of them can’t keep their political bias out of what they write.

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    Here here Mud!!! These last couple years have sure been an eye opener for me.

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    Guy had 29 year cover the Bradley beat. Pretty sure he has no outside agenda other than wanting to cover the team and get better.

    Funny that Bradley can’t do anything about the press at the MVC or NCAA Tourney. If I’m the press and know what I know about a guy getting railroaded. I’d defer all my questions to him.

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    There’s so much fake news being thrown around. You’re taking a risk trusting any writer who writes in any media. Many writers collude with agents and others in order to manipulate the reader’s thinking, and many of them can’t keep their political bias out of what they write.

    I would agree that one should be skeptical of a writer who passes off spin from certain parties as fact-based reporting. Usually it is pretty easy to distinguish with a little critical thinking. But I would also argue that many people are quick to dismiss news they don’t agree with as fake news, no matter if it is corroborated by other sources and comes from reputable reporters, simply because the news paints someone they like in a bad light. If the truth hurts, that doesn’t mean it’s not true anymore. The problem is that too much of news consumption nowadays is done from openly biased sources. Consumers have seemingly prioritized getting their news from organizations they align with ideologically, rather than prioritizing accuracy. In some ways, this has even permeated sports media.

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    Sometimes ‘You don’t promote the Bradley Brand’ means ‘You’re slamming the team and its coaches and its Athletic Director for being inept or stupid when you know nothing about the problems that we are dealing with.’

    IMO, sportswriters need to report and offer opinions/editorialize. They don’t need to be controversial. They don’t need to be smarter than everybody else. They don’t need to be fighting for some cause of their own. Just write about sports.

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