Updated: Save Empty Netters

Update:  In order to get in touch with the  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette regarding the situation with Empty Netters, please use the following avenues:

David Shribman, Vice President and Executive Editor ( dshribman@post-gazette.com 412-263-1890.)
Susan Smith, Managing Editor ( ssmith2@post-gazette.com 412-263-1858.)
Mary Leonard, Deputy Managing Editor ( mleonard@post-gazette.com 412-263-0443)
Jerry Micco, Assitant Managing Editor/Sports ( jmicco@post-gazette.com 412-263-1890)

Twitter: @pittsburghpg @sportsnewsPG #saveemptynetters

You can also use the PPG’s Sports Department’s Contact Page

Seth asks the following:

Please be respectful when you contact these people. They have given me an amazing opportunity to create this blog and have allowed me nothing but freedom to write it as I please from day 1.

Original Post: Late Thursday night Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Empty Netters Blog started tweeting that he may have to sell t-shirts on Monday in order to keep his bastion of hockey knowledge afloat.

Sufficed to say reaction from loyal Twitter followers and readers was shocked and confused.  You see Empty Netters is pretty much the bright central professional hub of Pittsburgh Penguins blogging.  Seth has crafted and cultivated Empty Netters for years, through some of the darkest days of the Penguins franchise.  It’s stunning that now, in what is nothing short of the second golden era of Penguins hockey that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette would make the short sighted move of pulling the plug on EN.  Seth then got a little more specific.

A little more stunning.  Seth is routinely on Penguins HD Radio with Steve Mears and others to talk Penguins hockey.  He eat, sleeps, and breathes hockey.  Empty Netters Assists even covers the rest of the league better than most 10 man operations.  The notion that the Post-Gazette would take what they have in Seth and Empty Netters and flush it is out of this world crazy.  You have to remember day in day out this is in essence a one man show and it’s the best Penguins one man show on the planet.

Beyond that Seth is a great author.  He takes the time to interact, to the detriment of having any semblance of a life outside of hockey, will all of the readers who take the time to comment or tweet him up.  He has more random useful stuff about hockey in his pinky than most people my age have in their bodies.

I’m interested to know what motivation the PPG would have to even consider this move.  They have other writers like Ron Cook who know nothing about hockey writing on the subject.  Seth is far more qualified and informed on Penguins hockey and the NHL to write for them.  The idea that EN would shut down before the PPG would take its far lesser writers off of the Penguins is beyond me.  I truly hope its not about Ad revenue because they can blame their own architecture and the aging server EN runs on for that.  Regardless I posed the question of would phone calls or contacting the PPG help.  He tweeted the following:

So for now those wanting to help should wait for that list and instructions as to how we can help. Getting too involved pre-emptively could be a detriment to Seth and EN’s future. Trust though that when it is published along with what Seth needs this post will be updated with that information for you.

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