Did you know the Islanders beat the Rangers last night? If you looked at your Newsday, you’d have to look hard for it. But it’s there buried 18 pages…yes 18…in the sports pages behind the World Series gripes, a throwaway article about the umps being right on a call, more baseball guff, basketball, football, and then some hockey stuff.
Gone are the days of deep insightful analysis. It seems Newsday’s new philosophy is to flood hot subjects with content and let god sort’em out. Gone are the deeper naunced texture of what made Newsday a great sport section back in the later 90s. Satisfy the common denominator seems the new beat, and beating that dead horse til it draws glue to keep Long Islanders reading.
The new school seems to want to tweak, pinch and sooth the sports nerve. When drama invades Isles Country or controversy, they’ll flood us with a Mark Herrmann piece, an Arthur Staple piece to irk us, a Jim Baumbach one to tweak or an Anthony Rieber to outrage. Or get their Town of Hempstead steward to put forth one. They will look to churn the content, but to me it lacks the depth and insight to why we used to go there or read the paper in the first place. I grew up reading this paper. I know what and why I read.
But until when the powers-that-be (content direction deciders) point in our direction, Islanders and Ranger articles seem to be buried behind a pecking-order despite the rivalry. And the fact it is the rivalry being ignored is a slap in the face to Long Island hockey fans.
Hockey news across the board has failed to meet our needs. Sports news and even regular news has gone the same way. Things are so ham-handed, talked-down-to, patronizing, and diluted to demographics they have forgotten they are servicing people, fans and inquiring minds.
Today, Newsday’s website closes its doors in the backward attempt to pretend it is relevant, needed and a commodity…like it used to once be. The real attempt is a bright idea to get everyone to register. A failed move that has killed many a business or organization. Newsday’s content simply hasn’t been good enough to chase to me. Just as the coverage, despite the effort of new beat writer and all-around great person, Katie Strang, isn’t enough to leaf through 18 pages to find.
I’ve moved on.
About the Author: B.D. Gallof is a published writer and hockey blogger. He writes about Hockey, NY Islanders & the NY Islanders venue situation for CBS New York. BD has been written up in Sports Illustrated, TSN.ca, the NY Times Slapshots blog, Yahoo's Sports and SportsBusiness Journal. He has been a featured blogger for The Huffington Post, as well as owner, lead writer, and managing editor at HockeyIndependent.com.