Hello there! I’m Greg Bedard, and welcome to our humble corner of the internet over here at BostonSportsJournal.com.
I hope you like what you see as you poke around. Come back tomorrow, and then the next day and see what we have going on. Dive into the comments and ask us questions. Get in the mix in our Daily Q&As. Pick apart my daily training camp breakdowns. Hopefully you sign up for a subscription. If you’re not sold yet, give us until July 31, when the paywall goes up for good. Hopefully by that time you see where we’re going with this and want in. If not, we’ll be trying every day to get you back for good.
Look, I’m not going to sit here and pretend that we’re going to change or even alter the Boston sports journalism landscape in one day, week, year or ever. What I can promise you is that those of at BSJ, who were born, raised and are now proud community members in New England, will be working our butts off every day to provide the type of coverage that you deserve, and we’ll be listening to you every step of the way. One of our mottos for the site is, “By Boston, For Boston.” We’ve been your high school and college classmates. We’ve watched our kids grow up and play sports together. And now we’re trying to bring you the best coverage of your teams that we can, every day.
Other things we can promise you:
- Our coverage will be hyperlocal to Boston and New England. If it doesn’t matter to you, it doesn’t matter to us.
- No clickbait articles or contrived opinions. While we will be striving to provide exclusive, interesting and unique news and analysis, we’re not going to be outlandish just to gain attention. We will mean what we say, and say what we mean. And if we don’t? Call us out on it. Our focus comes back to one thing: is it the coverage you want and deserve.
- There will be no discussion about politics. We want to this to be an oasis from the outside world.
- We will be interactive and accessible. Lots of Q&As, mailbags, in-game chats and Tweet-ups. Podcasts, videos and other multimedia projects are in the works. The only wall at BSJ is the paywall. Once inside, we are here for you. Want my opinion on a blown coverage from a Patriots game? Ask somewhere and I’ll give you my best insight. Same goes for the rest of the staff.
- We will not clutter up your experience with annoying ads and autoplay videos. We want this to be a place where you feel at home and never want to leave. We’ll be striving to make it the best experience possible for you.
Why am I doing this? Well, being a sports writer in Boston is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do. I was born in Springfield, Mass., and my family is from Athol. After a 10-year detour to South Florida that included annual summer vacations back home and to Fenway Park, we settled in Sudbury. Being a sophomore in high school, I didn’t know anyone so my first “friend” was the Boston Globe sports section. Each morning in the library I’d devour every word, and I wanted to be just like Bob Ryan, Peter Gammons, Dan Shaughnessy, Will McDonough and so many others. Imagine my pride when my own name was featured in those pages some 20 years later. I can still remember talking to Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan on the phone about his NFL writer opening, and when he said, “I would view you as a direct descendant of Will McDonough,” I smiled ear to ear, and got a little choked up. Coming home and writing, hopefully with insight, for you in Willie’s space, was the highest honor I’ve ever had. While seeing my name on the cover of Sports Illustrated was another dream realized, I never should have left. Writing here, for you, is where I belong.
Everyone knows the plight of the journalism industry. Still, I think there’s a model, if done correctly and prudently, where we can continue doing what we love to do, and fill a need for you. It has worked well in Pittsburgh, under the direction of visionary and workaholic Dejan Kovacevic. I’ve learned from him, studied with him and I fully believe there’s a market for this in Boston. And we’re going to give it our best shot.
I’ve put together a small team that I think that is worthy of your time and money. Sean McAdam is almost unmatched in his experience around the Red Sox, and we’ll get him back doing what he does best: writing the heck out of the Olde Towne Team. Christopher Price knows the roster and history of the Patriots as well as anyone, and you’ll want to hear his analysis when things go down in Foxborough. I’ll be right there with him, providing the training camp and game film analysis that informed so many of you when I was at the Globe and on 98.5 The Sportshub. And some of you might not know the name of Brian Robb, but you will. He’s been grinding away at the Celtics for years, almost in his spare time, but he’s universally respected for his analysis by people in and around that beat. Heck, even Danny Ainge Tweeted his approval of the hire.
And we have a great Bruins reporter that will be announced in less than a month. Do I wish we had a ton of content ready to go on the B’s? Yes, but it’s a dead time in the NHL, and it was more important for me to get the right person because he gets you and the team. He’ll be worth the wait, I promise.
Yes, it’s a small staff, but I feel we need to do this the right way. Our staff will grow, with eyes on the Revolution, colleges and maybe high schools, as our subscriber base increases. If you like the team we’re putting together and want an independent alternative to what’s out there right now, then we need your support, and tell your friends about us. We also need the right corporate sponsors to help offset our travel expenses so we can be your eyes and ears when the teams are away from Fenway, Gillette and TD Garden. Down the line, we want to be a strong and independent New England brand. We would love to partner with companies that are already there and want to help us get there.
This New England-bred staff is all in. Our families have our backs because they know this is the right thing to do. We hope you join us, support us and consume us.
Here goes nothing….
Greg A. Bedard
Owner, editor and columnist at BostonSportsJournal.com