I have nothing against Kevin McGran. I think he’s one of the less offensive sportswriters in Toronto so I shook my head after reading his article passive-aggressively shitting on the league because he’s not allowed to be in the bubble. I seriously thought it was a joke.
The Star: The league will not allow any media to take in any practices or morning skates once the 24 teams enter the hub on Sunday. The NHL will not allow any media – but their own! — inside any of the hubs. Three writers from NHL.com and one social media member per team are “required” in the hub. In other words, league or team employees.
That means any news, reports, feeds, pictures, stories from Hotel X or the Fairmont Royal York or behind the scenes at the Scotiabank Arena will be sanitized, NHL- or team-approved versions. So, not real news.
The NHL has actively discouraged the rest of the media from even coming to Edmonton or Toronto. The best access we can hope for is to watch the game – one media person per outlet – from the stands. Not all games. Just the team we cover.
Oh, and no newspaper photographers.
A regular Maple Leaf playoff game in Toronto would have four or five writers (from among myself, Mark Zwolinski, Rosie DiManno, Bruce Arthur and Dave Feschuk) and photographers at both ends of the ice, say Steve Russell and Rick Madonik. If anything newsworthy happened – and in the playoffs every little thing is a big thing — you’d know about it from us, unfiltered, through our Twitter feeds or quick news hits on thestar.com.
Now only one of us can go.
Let’s rip this apart so we can all get on with our day.
- Hey Kevin, we’re in a pandemic. A big one, too. The NHL isn’t allowing outside reporters because they can’t guarantee the safety of anyone in OR out of the bubble if they do. It’s science, dude. Mitigating risk of infection is job 1 for the NHL so the liability falls on the NHL if they use their own staff to report on the games. The Bubble is a bubble for a reason, Kevin.
If they won’t let you into the arena to watch the games, why the fuck would you be angry about not being permitted to walk around the team hotels or be surprised you can’t get ‘behind the scenes at Scotia bank?’ Now you’re just piling on and your article sounds very bitchy.
No newspapers and photographers for the same reason Kevin. Come on man. We talked about this in point one. And do newspapers really exist anymore? The Star was sold for 100 bucks and some hockey equipment a couple of months ago and their ‘newspaper’ looks more like a pamphlet and unfortunately, they aren’t letting any pamphlet reporters into the bubble either.
Bruce Arthur hasn’t written a relevant article in 20 years so you can take him off the list. He’s probably at home photoshopping friends into FB pics so he doesn’t need a press pass.
Insinuating an article by the Star or its writers is essential because they’re taking are ‘Unfiltered’ is an instant classic too. Almost like Kevin is trying to convince us the NHL ‘fix’ is in so we won’t get The Star’s third party take or pictures from their photographers.
It’s hockey, Kevin. I don’t give a shit who had a smoothie at the pop-up booster juice or who plays soccer in the hallways before a game so I certainly won’t give a shit about 6 different opinions about the pregame soccer match.
If you just want to be close to the action and your butthurt over not being allowed in the VIP room, just tell us that instead of throwing a digital temper tantrum loaded with sarcasm.
If Joe Bowen can call Leaf games from a radio studio 3 KM away, you can write about what you watched on TV from your fucking house.
And in the process, you won’t be walking around HOTEL X spitting hot disease all over the place, ruining the NHL season before it starts which is the entire point of these safety protocols.