It's generally easy to ignore jabs from youthful wannabes, but something was said by the pod boys that got under my skin.
"Not only do these guys recycle content, they have zero originality. Oh yeah, they are also completely biased for whichever league tosses them a few bucks."
Why would I let something like this bother me? Because I've been fighting for players long before these fools started pushing brownies out their backsides.
Youthful ignorance at it's best? I tried to explain (first mistake) that there are a whole series of articles that are published every year. Why is that? Because there is an entirely new crop of players that come up every year. It's important that these young men (and their families) deserve to get the same advantageous information as those who came before them.
The little ones have also missed the times where I've taken advertisers to task, and did not turn a blind eye to problems that needed to be addressed.
For example, the Western States Hockey League was one of my biggest group of advertisers, with 15+ accounts totaling in excess of $45,000 a year in revenue, when a decision was made to choose "right" over "wrong".
Do I really have to go into to the United States Premier Hockey League issues? They WERE also on site with 12+ accounts (totaling $30,000+ a year) when the train went off the tracks. What happened? They decided that USA Hockey oversight (and the Players' Rights and Responsibilities) was too much of a burden to the overall bottom line. Yes, I said something about those issues too, and have the chain of threats and emails from Richard Gallant's attorney to go along with them.
The profanity-laced podcasters where not around to see my family suffer as a result of doing the right things for all these years. Hey, maybe they were too busy livin' the dream to understand why what we do matters so much to the game's level of play.
The same level of scrutiny has shadowed our relationship with the North American Hockey League. There have been hundreds of articles regarding the NAHL (and NA3HL) over the years, yet the league continues to support our efforts because they understand the value it brings to the level of play.
So, for the first time in years, we are going to go after these punks with the most powerful weapon in the arsenal; experience and credibility.
In the next few weeks we will be announcing new podcasts covering junior hockey in general, the NAHL specifically, and the USHL. These podcasts will be hosted by former junior and college players, a former NAHL and college coach, and will be professionally produced.
Here's a lesson for the career pay2players; never bring a knife to a gun fight.
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