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 www.bobmcginnfootball.com 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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