posted at 11/3/2013 7:40 AM EST
In response to Muzwell's comment:
RKarp: Why can't a sportswriter report what he heard, as long as he qualifies it as unverified, as you did? We're not talking national security here. No lives would be lost if Joe Reporter comes out and reports that the word is Tommy Kelly is done for the year, but that the team hasn't verified it. If that's what he heard, then it's a true statement. What's the problem?
Editors will not allow it with any of the outlets.....
sure, you can get a columnist to report opinion pieces, but you don't get them around the stadium working on injuries And here say. Every now and then, you will see a guy like Donaldson around, and he sometimes comments on the tight lip ness, and every now and then Curren will as well, but for the most part, they have other angles they wish to pursue.
Also, don't for one minute down play the teams clout to shut any story down they don't want out there. This includes the Sox, C's as well.....teams relationship with the media goes all the way to the top ( obvious now with the Sox)....
I will throw Harvey a bone. There are a lot of media types covering this team that have had it with BB and his treatment, and how hard it makes their jobs. A guy like Reiss is the absolute exception, but many covering the team are pining to do a far reaching piece on BB....team won't allow it and has the ability to shut it down with most outlets, even IMO here at ESPN.