It is becoming more obvious every day that the NFL—and the Kansas City Chiefs— want to control the news media.
The creation of its own NFL TV Network and forcing all photographers to wear Canon-branded vests in order to cover games are just two examples of the league attempting to control members of the news media.
Now sources have revealed to Bottom Line Communications that the Chiefs did not appreciate a recent column (9/5) written by Kansas City Star columnist Kent Babb, and forced the McClatchy-owned paper to add an “Editor’s Note” to the column.
The Star declined to comment.
The note did not say anything in Babb’s column was incorrect, but the team felt clarifications and additions were needed.
“I guarantee this is something the Chiefs bitched about and the Star added,” noted a tipster to BLC.
In his column Babb had pointed out that the team has considerable room under the salary cap, and could have stocked up on more quality players now that injuries/ suspensions have become a reality.
“Instead, the Chiefs and Pioli cut coupons on defense, and the team again has millions left over,” wrote Babb. “The NFL’s players association lists the Chiefs at $26.6 million under the salary cap, second most in pro football; the league reports the Chiefs have only $16.3 million in unspent money, which would still be seventh most in the NFL.”
The Chiefs reportedly were not pleased with Babb’s facts. Sources said the team forced the newspaper to add this note to the end of Babb’s column:
Editor’s note: Despite being as much as $26.6 million under the salary cap, according to figures supplied by the NFL Players Association, the Chiefs rank first in the league in cash spending for defense and third for all players in 2012. Also, details reported in this column regarding cornerback Brandon Carr’s contract with the Dallas Cowboys omitted that he received a $10 million signing bonus as part of his five-year, $50.1 million deal, making his total earnings for 2012 $11.2 million.
It was revealed on this site that Babb will be leaving the Star for greener pastures at the Washington Post next month. This probably confirmed he made the correct decision.