The Sox/Globe cartel

Well, the current Boston Phoenix cover story on the Sox-Boston Globe-NESN connection is sort of a non-story. I share their suspicion that there’s something supremely fishy that the town’s biggest newspaper owns a piece of the Red Sox, and the Red Sox own their own cable network. Particularly when there’s something that might not sit well with the fans (e.g. Curt Schilling moving to the bullpen, even temporarily) I feel like the NESN crew try especially hard to look on the sunny side.

But the Phoenix story really fails to dig up any real evidence of chicanery, and their argument is just “you, know, it’s the principle of the thing”:

There would be a hue and cry, critics say, if Globe publisher Gilman served in an investor-management role with an entity such as Raytheon, but it’s deemed less serious because the holding is a sports team — no matter that baseball has long been a big business and that the Red Sox play a multifaceted role as a storied cultural institution with considerable civic influence.

But I am definitely keeping an eye on this story, because I feel like eventually, there’s going to be something shady that actually goes down. The abuse of power comes as no surprise.

One thought on “The Sox/Globe cartel”

  1. I’ll point out that the Cubs have been a wholly owned subsidiary of the (Chicago) Tribune Corporation for many years now. The chief complaint against the arrangement is not that there’s any corruption per se, but that the Tribune runs the team like a busuiness, and thus is less willing than an irrational vanity owner to spend large sums of money to sign free agents after the All Star Break.

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