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Deal raises concerns on editorial freedom

As Red Sox owner John Henry acquires the Boston Globe, some observers ask whether sports coverage will change.
As Red Sox owner John Henry acquires the Boston Globe, some observers ask whether sports coverage will change.AP

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Red Sox owner John Henry’s acquisition of The Boston Globe raises immediate questions about the newspaper’s role in one of the region’s most important ongoing dramas: the annual fate of the Boston Red Sox, a subject that draws readers to the news pages and drives tremendous traffic to the Globe’s websites.

The concern of some is that Henry could tilt news coverage or muzzle columnists to reflect best on his ball club, undermining the paper’s independence and credibility, though there are powerful reasons for Henry to protect the independence of the sports coverage while his crossownership could offer potential opportunities for the newspaper to benefit from the popularity of the Red Sox, a worldwide sports brand, and the team’s cable network NESN.

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