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Bedard: Some personal and site news

A little bit of personal news and site news...

I recently accepted an offer to become the lead NFL writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In fact, Monday was my first official day. I’ll get to the hows and whys in a minute, but what does that mean for

  • For one, I’m not moving. That was one of the conditions of my employment. I’ll be a Boston-based NFL writer, just like I was with when I was at the outlet formerly known at Sports Illustrated. Boston is who we are, it’s what our family loves. We have no plan or desire to leave.
  • Another condition is that I will continue to oversee and be involved with BSJ. I’ll be providing my usual coverage, but that will lessen over time as I bring more writers on board to contribute in my stead.
  • Yes, we’re looking to hire a new Patriots beat writer to carry the day to day coverage. Feel free to inquire.
  • You won’t notice much difference in the short term, but at the least, I will be doing my Patriots game breakdowns and at least one Q&A per week through the season and into the offseason. Perhaps beyond.
  • I’ll continue to appear weekly on Felger & Mazz, unless I’m out of town on assignment. That was the same when I was with SI, which is how I started on the show six years ago. Mike, Tony, Jim, James, Mike Thomas and the entire SportsHub family have been tremendous to me and I thank them for their continued support.
  • Since it’s an NFL role and not as a Raiders reporter, I will still be attending many Patriots games this season. But it will take me out of town on occasion, and to national games, which will enhance the Patriots coverage here in some respects.
  • We will no longer be offering three-year or lifetime memberships for the time being. That’s not fair to anyone.

I still believe in BSJ and what we’re doing here. That hasn’t changed at all. And Sean McAdam, Brian Robb and Conor Ryan — and everyone else (Miguel, Sweeney, Doc Flynn, Benedetto, Longo), and anyone I might bring in — continue to deserve your support if you believe in independent sports media that’s not beholden to anyone but our members. They work their butts off for you, and they all do good and interesting work. Nearly every cent generated by BSJ has gone directly to them and the operation of this site.

My family, especially my wife, has sacrificed a great deal in this labor of love, which has required me to work every day for nearly three years now. And I don’t regret any of it. This has been the most fulfilling job and biggest honor of my career.

Sometimes life just happens, and that’s what has happened here.

As you recall when we opened, I never made any promises beyond the type of coverage we’d strive to provide, and I’m proud to say we’ve lived up to that. But like I said at the time, this was virtually an entirely new venture and no one knew where it was going to go. We were just going to give you our best each and every day. We’ve done that, and we’ll continue to do that.

To be honest, the Review-Journal made me an offer that I couldn’t refuse. I didn’t seek them out, I haven’t applied for any jobs since we made the decision to go forward with BSJ nearly three years ago, but I did hear them out, and I really liked what I heard. Plus, it made too much sense for my family.

I’ve had other offers in the past couple of years, but rebuffed them. This one, at the end of the day, I had to accept mostly because of the leadership and newsroom at the RJ, and a local owner who believes and invests heavily in the product. After the passing of Don Banks, they aggressively pursued me to take the baton from my late friend and lead their NFL coverage as they welcome the Raiders to the city, starting with the draft in April.

These kinds of opportunities don’t come around in this business very often in this climate, and I’m excited for it. That being said, after what happened to me at SI and what has happened to this industry, I’m not banking on anything. Anything could happen in the months and years ahead, but I feel like this is the right decision for my family right now. And I will continue to do what’s in the best interest of BSJ, our employees and our members until someone else is making those decisions.

BSJ was never about me; this was no vanity project. It's why I never even thought to put my own name on it. This was about some out-of-work people staying in the game and reconnecting with those who matter the most, the readers. That hasn't and won't ever change.

Thank you for hearing me out. Thank you for keeping an open mind and, I hope, understanding. And thank you for your continued support of BSJ. I’ve often said this, and it continues to be true: we literally couldn’t have done any of this without you. We continue to exist because of you, and we have never, ever taken that for granted.


Feel free to reach out with questions and comments.