In recent weeks, emails, personal conversations and other forms of communication have begun with the following four words:
So you’re probably wondering…
In other words, you might be wondering why you didn’t see me in person at a Nets game on Jan. 1, 3, 6, 15, 17 etc.
Here’s the answer.
Effective Jan. 1 my job covering those games and the Yankee games were eliminated in the form I’ve known it. In other words, the complete recap of the game with quotes, a feature lede on the write-thru was eliminated because of the desire of some to go with a thing called a remote recap.
Basically, that means the only complete wire service gamer is coming from the AP and not from me or the others in other cities covering other teams. A remote recap is about 325 to 350 words without quotes and mostly a straight news lede (xx scored xx points as xx beat xx)
Here’s where it gets complicated. We’re still writing the previews and I’m still editing, though it’s all football news, so I know more than I normally would about assistant coach movement in the NFL.
And here’s where it complicated part two.
I’m part of the entity doing the remote recaps. I’m conflicted how I feel about it, but money is money and the combined money from these things and some other things keep it going while I attempt to find something better.
It’s why I say my job is transitioned to more working from home stuff to other people because it has. Or it’s why I said that it’s like the relationship status option on facebook – it’s complicated.
Working from home has positive attributes.
Such as doing whatever you want during the day, not commuting back from somewhere at 4 am. I did that for a good part of 2001 to 2004 from Jersey City and it’s a unique setup, to say the least.
I’d like to think that with my experience (over 10 years), this situation is a brief setback. At least that’s what some people tell me to encourage me.
In the meantime, I’ll network, email, make phone calls, apply and hope something rewarding comes out of it. I’m confident it will. I’m just a little impatient about the process.
I sincerely hope that the next thing is some kind of continuation of what I had been doing, but I’m also open-minded if it’s a regular setup with the time to do this on the side.
I’ve been in a daze ever since finding this out Dec. 22, more of a daze when I discovered the cause. But with time comes reflection, which is why it took me over a month to figure out to explain this.