Donnell Alexander, who has been good to TrueHoop in the past, just wrote an interesting article about Barry Bonds, with whom Alexander has a tangled past. Worth a read. Here's one little tidbit with implications about the press-league relationship in all sports:
I happened to be on the writing staff of ESPN The Magazine when the Sosa-McGwire duel was popping. Once, I happened upon a televised Cardinals-Cubs game and a bunch of writers and editors standing around it.
“Those guys are totally on steroids. We should do a story about it.”
This was a joke, of course. They were no sooner gonna do that than the network was likely to cut back on filler programming. Baseball and the media walked hand in hand on steroids. Bread and butter.