Curran, CSNNE Fire Shot at Globe Business Coverage of Red Sox, Patriots

Longtime readers of BSMW had heard me complain many times about what I perceive to be uneven coverage of the Red Sox and Patriots in the pages of the Boston Globe.

According to Tom E Curran of, that disparity extends to business coverage of the two franchises as well.

Business rules different for Red Sox, Patriots

Curran has an issue with how the Globe has covered concerns about business deals involving each team. You may recall that when the Patriots were eying stimulus funds to build a pedestrian bridge across Route one at Gillette Stadium, concerns were raised and the Globe wrote an entire column on the topic, complete with a sarcastic billionaire reference to Robert Kraft, and placed it prominently in the news section.

The Globe had previously reported on the Red Sox sweetheart-deal lease of the streets around Fenway, which has made them upwards of $45 million dollars. Concerns have arisen about the benefits of the arrangement to the city, and a city councilor has called for a hearing on the matter. The Globe’s coverage of this consisted of one paragraph buried in the business section yesterday.

Elsewhere in media coverage today:

Francona needs critical eye – Chad Finn hopes that Terry Francona doesn’t turn into Jon Gruden.

Media Roundup: Bill Simmons, From Digital Cities To The White House – My SB Nation Boston media column looks at Bill Simmons’ 15-year journey from tending bar to interviewing the President at the White House.


Vintage KG Performance Lifts Celtics

Kevin Garnett has been playing well of late, (in the month of February – 11 games – he averaged 17.6 ppg and 10.8 rpg) and last night submitted another vintage performance with 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Celtics held on for a 102-96 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Rajon Rondo, who ESPN says the Celtics are aggressively trying to trade, had a triple-double, with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

The under-the-radar greatness of Kevin Garnett – Paul Flannery looks at why KG isn’t completely appreciated by those outside of the team.

Good luck getting to know Kevin Garnett – Dan Duggan says that whenever KG decides to hang it up, he “will leave one of the most interesting legacies in league history.”

Rajon Rondo play points way – Steve Bulpett says that coming off a scoreless night in Cleveland, Rondo rebounded nicely.

Rajon Rondo rises above chatter – Chris Forsberg looks at why Rondo is a hard guy to trade.

She knows whereof she speaks – I suppose you could make a case that Bob Ryan is in a bit of a conflict of interest here, writing a glowing column about ESPN basketball analyst Doris Burke, given how much Ryan appears on ESPN, but I think Ryan would’ve written this piece about her if she worked for CBS instead of ESPN. She’s very good at her job.

Jason Varitek will officially announce his retirement this afternoon at 5:30. It looks like it will be carried live by most sports outlets here in Boston.

Jason Varitek an All-Time Red Sox Great, From First Hit in 1997 to Final Bow in 2011 (Photos) – has a season-by-season slideshow.

Cook’s story is stirring – Nick Cafardo with a mini-feature on the journey of Aaron Cook as he competes for the fifth spot in the Red Sox rotation.

Nick Punto alters culture – Scott Lauber looks at the big impact the utility infielder could have on the Red Sox clubhouse.

Like everything else, Aceves takes potential move to rotation in stride – Tim Britton has the former Yankee just looking to pitch.

Dale Arnold remaining at WEEI – Chad Finn reports that in a mild surprise, Dale Arnold will be sticking around at WEEI. The former mid-day host has a new deal with the station for a slightly expanded role – more Saturday shows, and the primary backup for the morning and afternoon drive shows.