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Celtics hold dancer auditions… without us.

Chuck - Red's Army June 27, 2011 Uncategorized 9 Comments

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Last month I announced with elation that the Celtics had given us access to Saturday's dancer auditions in Waltham. Our loyal readers know that we've spent years petitioning the Celtics media department for access to events. And while this wasn't a game or even practice, we were pretty happy.

But in less than an hour, the Celtics media department mysteriously asked us to remove the post. We were told others in the organization were not happy with our past coverage of the dancers.

While our dancer voting competitions could be called sexist, it's something NBA.com does annually. And for the record, we've never been disrespectful to any of the dancers.

Following multiple emails and a phone call in which I promised to "tone down" the nature of our post, we were granted access… again. Three weeks later… I received another email saying our credentials were revoked.

From the start of this blog, John and I knew team access would be a challenge. But we've come a long way in 6 years. The site has grown exponentially and we've had partnerships with T-Mobile, WEEI, NESN and CSNNE.com and our content has regularly been featured on FoxSports.com.

What makes the Celtics disrespect for us even more frustrating is the fact we are granted access to other major events. 

We've been at the Las Vegas Summer League (with stories on Matt Janning & Jeremy Lin). We've covered Team USA (with stories on Rajon Rondo here and here, plus more coverage here and here). We've also covered the World Basketball Festival in New York (coverage here, here, here, and here). We've also been invited to other media events involving NBA players, including a Rajon Rondo event and one recently with Amare Stoudemire and Steve Nash.  John has also covered a playoff game for Slam Magazine.

Here's our dilemma. In order to get access to Celtics event, we're going to have to "play the game." That means toning down our posts. I can assure you all… we will NOT water down content for credentials.

After the jump… pics from the dancer auditions. Enjoy!


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  • http://profile.typepad.com/jacobnoble Jacob Noble

    And the league wonders why the commish is boo-ed at every draft. During the draft the cameras refused to see our NO LOCKOUT shirts and signs, I hate when the league hides behind PR and refuses to accept criticism.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/the_bantam the_bantam

    Lame. Having read nearly every post in here, I can not imagine which post/s they are referring to. Comments maybe ;)
    But isn’t that why they have the dance team, for publicity? At least they shouldn’t wonder why the league struggles for audience when they close that audience off.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    I think they were afraid Chuck was going to show up in this shirt:
    http://www.undrcrwn.com/storage/AmazingTee_blk.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1274481905592
    Which is way off… because I don’t think Chuck was planning on even wearing one

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jrutkowski34 Jared

    Honestly, the whole reason I read your blog is because its not “inside”. You dont censor comments and you write basically what you want to. I understand its a business venture for you guys, but playing the game the Celtics (ie. the nba) want you to will turn the site into espn page 2 with a cool name.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    Yeah, we’re just not going to do that. We’re going to be who we are. That’s evolved over time as the site has grown. We don’t do some of the things we used to, but we’re still doing it the way we want to do it.
    You’re right… we’re trying to run a business as well and sometimes there’s a sacrifice there. But the bottom line we tell everyone we do business with is we’re “Red’s Army” for a reason. People like us for a reason. And if you try to make us change that, you’re just trying to kill the very momentum that brought you here to do business with us.
    So we’ll continue being who we are. If the Celtics PR staff or executives don’t like it, then tough shit. The more people that come here… the bigger the site gets… the louder our voice gets. They’ll just have to deal with it.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    Wait… Voting on your favorite dancers is supposedly sexist, but them choosing THEIR favorites at the auditions isn’t??
    I don’t see any MEN out there competing.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/the_bantam the_bantam

    Right on, hell yeah!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/ironhelpsusplay IronHelpsUsPlay

    “Profiles in PR Courage” must be a very slender tome.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157060540b970b Orb

    That’s a nice double standard the Cs are setting there. From the sour grapes department, Red never wanted dancers anyway.