Bob Ryan: Teams treat sportswriters like cow dung these days

From Ryan Glasspiegel’s interview with longtime Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan:

On the teams’ treatment of sports journalists: “As far as writing, it’s very annoying what they’ve done to us. They treat the writers like cow dung. They care not one lick about the print press. ryanThey are so close to charging us to get in that it’s frightening. That’s a whole other matter. …They care about television. That’s it. Everything else is a bother.”

His media diet: “I get the Boston Globe and New York Times at home. And then I go and I purchase the USA Today, New York Post, New York Daily News daily at my local newsstand. I read all the New York people, of course. Online I read a lot at ESPN.com daily. I don’t read Yahoo, CBS Sports, and other stuff as often as I should. You can only do so much.”

On Twitter: “I’m following more people on Twitter, and I’m enjoying it. [He’s following 83 people.] I haven’t really concentrated on that until very, very recently. …Suddenly I’m into it a little bit, and I find myself thinking Oh great. One more thing that’s time consuming! As if it’s not enough that I’m trying to get through six papers a day plus the Wall Street Journal on Friday and Saturday because of their wonderful entertainment section. They’re indispensable. But — that’s hours of stuff! And next thing you know it’s lunchtime.”

What he’d do if he were coming out of college today: “I wouldn’t want to be a beat writer. … I don’t think that’s an enjoyable way to make a living any longer. The lack of access is totally frustrating, and the conditions that I just described about how you’re treated like a total afterthought, who needs that? …What I would probably do — as much as I love to write, and I did and I do — I’d want to get into sports on the other side. I’d want to work for a team or a league and work my way through that rather than being involved in the coverage knowing what I know about what that’s like now.”

* A long conversation with Bob Ryan (thebiglead.com)
* Ryan in 2012: “I have never tweeted, and honestly don’t know how” (jimromenesko.com)

* Update: “Try news. We wallow in cow dung,” and other comments (facebook.com)

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