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Green Bay Packers deny credentials to Hall of Fame beat writer Bob McGinn for website

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 10: Blue skies start to dominate the sky prior to a football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field on August 10, 2017 in Green Bay, WI. (Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire)

Long-time Packers beat writer Bob McGinn explained neither he nor his staff received credentials from the Green Bay Packers, preventing them from covering games or the team in person. McGinn was matter of fact when discussing it on the Locked On Packers podcast Thursday.

“I’m pretty much doing the same thing,” McGinn told host Peter Bukowski before pausing. “I’m not traveling to games. In fact, I’m not attending games because the Packers did not credential our website. We have a staff — although none of us are credentialed.”

McGinn began this offseason after announcing earlier in the summer he’d be leaving the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel after more than 30 years on the Packers beat. He began his career at the Green Bay Press-Gazette in the 1980’s before moving to the Journal.

The six-time Wisconsin Sports Writer of the Year has also been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame writer’s wing in Canton. He’s also received the Dick McCann award from the Pro Football Writers of America. In short, he’s one of the most decorated football writers working today.

For Packers fans, one would hope this is simply a misunderstanding by the team of the current media landscape, as more and more media sites struggle and these exclusive paywall sites started by high-profile journalists continue to crop up.

Speaking for at least one long-time McGinn reader, Packers fan, and media member there’s really only one word to describe this situation: disappointing.

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Peter Bukowski is an award-winning writer, reporter and broadcaster living in New York. He has covered the NFL for Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Bleacher Report, Yahoo!, and many others. His work has been recognized by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and the Society for Professional Journalists. Peter is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He hates your favorite team and makes dumb jokes on Twitter.


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