Blogs with Balls

Blogs With Balls Video- Peter King Opening

The organizers at the Blogs with Balls conference promoted the event by telling attendees that their opening speaker would be someone of note.  That lead speaker proved to be none other than Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.  He wasn’t at the event, but did pre-tape a greeting.

Here is my video of King’s prepared remarks…

Say what you want about Peter King, but give him credit for recognizing the work sports bloggers put forth.

Blogs With Balls Recap- With Video

I am so glad to have had the opportunity to attend the Blogs With Balls conference this past Saturday in New York.   It was great to have so many people within the sports blogging community together in one room.

I thought the conference itself was well planned and, overall, informative. But for those of us who closely follow the trends in new media and advances made by those in the sports blogging community, no new ground was uncovered.

The opinions of the panelists were refreshing, yet expected; we sports bloggers are doing some great work…we are the future…etc.

I was a bit disappointed in the final panel discussion entitled, “Why We Hate You…The Media’s Take.”   Here were the panelists:

Jeff Pearlman, Author, SI.com Columnist
Amy K. Nelson, ESPN
Dan Steinberg, The Washington Post’s D.C. Sports Bog
Jeff Pyatt, Real Clear Sports
Bethlehem Shoals, Free Darko, The Sporting Blog
Mike Hall, NESN
MODERATOR: Dan Levy, On the DL Podcast

The panelists did provide a lively discussion, but as you look at the list of panelists, only Jeff Pearlman and Amy Nelson have spent their entire career in the mainstream media.  The others on the panel may have had MSM experience, but also possess a working knowledge of blogs.  It would have been more beneficial if the entire panel were made up of those in the establishment media, especially those critical of bloggers.

Heading into the conference I was disappointed by not having the ability to live blog from the site.  But it turned out to be  a welcomed relief not to have Internet access.  It afforded me more time to meet with people, share stories, and make new contacts.  It was nice to get away from the technology for a few hours.

I did take my video camera and was able to conduct interviews with some of the people in attendance at the conference.  That leads me to one other criticism…the conference was held in the basement of Stout NYC, a restaurant in Manhattan.  The atmosphere was superb, but the lighting was not suitable for video.   Most of our interviews were conducted in front of a dartboard illuminated by a spotlight.  So take that into consideration when viewing the videos.

My first video was not in front of the dartboard spotlight.  It was in a similarly dimly lit room which was used by event organizers as a holding area for the speakers.  It’s with Chris Lucas of HHR Media, the organizers of Blogs With Balls…

Check back as I will post more video interviews from the conference in the coming days.

UPDATE: SMJ at BwB

Just heard from the organizers of the Blogs with Balls conference and it looks like Internet access will be sporadic…so no live blogging for me tomorrow.

I will have my video camera and audio recorder, so let’s hope I can get some material to share with you next week.

Tweeting is being encouraged by the attendees.  If you will not be at the event, and want to follow on Twitter, you can do so at #blogswithballs.

I probably won’t be tweeting.  I need Internet access to do so.  Guess I’ll mainly be a spectator.  Too bad.  For a conference that is promoting new technologies and media, it would have been nice to be able to live blog from the site.  I surmise that the larger than expected crowd threw the organizers for a loop.  Next time let’s hope there is a larger, more media friendly venue.

Enjoy your weekend!

SMJ at BwB

If all goes well, I will be on hand with my fellow sports bloggers at the Blogs with Balls conference this Saturday in New York.  It should be an informative event focusing on sports blogs and the future of sports media.  Listen to my interview with one of the conference organizers here.

I want to bring as much of the conference back to all of you who read SMJ. With that in mind, here are my plans;

I will have my video camera with me in the hope of interviewing some of those on hand at the conference.   This is a great way for us to introduce you to those who are making a difference within the sports blogsphere.  If you’re reading this and will be in NYC, look me up.  Let’s talk.

I also would love to live blog from the event.  A few issues may impede my doing so…

  1. The conference is being held at a restaurant.  Even though the event organizers say wireless Internet access will be available,  will all of us wishing to blog, Tweet, etc., be able to do so reliably?
  2. Will there be electricity available for us all to plug in our laptops?

If those two issues are met, check back here at 11am Saturday and we’ll have some fun sharing what’s going on.  I’m sure the organizers will also have interaction available via other means, most notably Twitter.  I’ll try to share those comments in my live blog as well.

If you check back here and nothing happens at 11am Saturday, then issues arose with one or both of the items above, or something else beyond my control.

Either way expect a full report on the conference coming up at a later date.

SMJ Podcast- Blogs With Balls

bwb_logo_block_whiteBeing one who is interested in emerging technologies and sports media, I am extremely intrigued by the upcoming Blogs With Balls conference slated for June 13th in New York City.

I had the opportunity to preview the conference with Chris Lucas of HHR Media.  Chris also writes for the popular Hugging Harold Reynolds sports blog.