Reiss at Odds with ESPN.... another nail in ESPN's coffin
posted at 8/29/2013 5:46 PM EDT
I read in his weekly chat:
max (my cube)
Mike,I don't see the "Patriots blog" section on the ESPN Boston homepage anymore. Has it been removed for some reason?
Mike [via mobile]
Can you get rid of all the extra links that have been popping up on the blog lately? I don't need a link to a clip of any ESPN show that mentions the Patriots. Most of it is overlap with information you have already posted.
Max and Mike, I see quite a few comments similar to yours in this chat. I think over the last four years, we've established a community that is straight-forward and honest, so I'm going to shoot you straight here: I have lost control over the tone and direction of the Patriots blog on ESPNBoston.com. Since I started a Patriots blog back in 2003-2004, back at the MetroWest Daily News and then at the Boston Globe, I've always had control, for the most part, of the tone and direction of the blog. Over the last three days, that has changed as ESPN has introduced its NFL Nation project. Based on the personal investment I've put into it, there are a lot of emotions that come with that, and still a lot of questions ahead as to how things will unfold going forward as it relates to the tone and direction of the blog. I'm going to stay positive at this point, knowing that any time there is change there is some level of patience involved.
Earlier in response to the Article in RS.... his answer was:
Derek, I read it late last night. There have been some things going on work-wise -- some changes at ESPN -- that have drawn me away from things. ...
... Probably not what you're looking for here, but I'm going to answer the question from more of a wide journalism/consumer perspective. There is so much out there, from so many people, that it really comes to an issue of who you want to trust as the consumer. I don't know much about Rolling Stone and their standards, and how the piece was put together, and who was involved. So I basically finished the piece and thought to myself, "I wonder how much of that is 100 percent accurate."
So I am reading between the lines that he is not happy with the tone, integrity or direction ESPN is going with the patriots blog... seems like he could be leaving soon to start his own website and blog.
I for one would follow him wherever he goes and wherever he writes. I think he has always been straight forward and honest and open... well as much as a reporter doing a job that has to follow his editor's lead can be.
I don't like the changes they made to the sight and the format now seems to try and get you to the other ESPN sites and products and is not about Patriots only. I too will follow Mike's lead and be patient, but I think the writing is on the wall about all of this