The Boston Phoenix on the “cartel”.

The Boston Phoenix has a feature by Ian Donnis entitled “What happens when the biggest newspaper in town owns a financial piece of the biggest story in town?”

It’s about the New York Times/Boston Globe ownership stake in the Red Sox, and how that affects the coverage given to the team. It’s sort of a follow-up to the “Cartel” piece written by Howard Bryant in the Herald a couple months ago, a column that has been the object of sarcasm on WEEI and other outlets around town since then.

This article takes a deeper look at the impact of the situation, both in the coverage of the team as well as on the day-to-day operations of the paper. Definitely worth a read.

A surprise from Patriots camp – Ted Johnson has announced his retirement.

This sudden announcement further changes the face of the Patriots linebacking core. It also adds another “question” to all those training camp previews. Here’s a few more. Mark Farinella has questions on the offense, Tom King on both sides of the ball, and Eric McHugh looks around the AFC.

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