Did you see this in the Globe today? A front page piece by the in-house tool Bob Hohler (remember the Terry Francona on drugs report?) mocking Boston College for politely declining The Red Sox invitation to play a home game against UConn.
Check out the lead paragraph
Since 2004, Boston College has retained Fenway Sports Management to help market its athletic programs. But the school has rejected at least one piece of advice from the firm: to host a football game Nov. 19 against the University of Connecticut at Fenway Park.
Interesting. Boston College hired Fenway Sports Management, owned by John Henry, to do whatever it does. Last year it arranged for Notre Dame to play a home game at Fenway Park, another John Henry owned entity, against Boston College.
This year Fenway Sports Management advised Boston College to play another game at Fenway. Only this time, B.C. will be the home team. What a deal. Do the players get to take selfies with David Ortiz?
This time BC’s role would be reversed. The Eagles would enjoy top billing. They would dress in the Sox clubhouse rather than on campus, as they did last year. Their fans would receive the lion’s share of tickets. Their school would control the end zone displays and much more.
The event could launch an annual tradition of BC hosting games at Fenway.
Now what I didn’t see in Hohler’s piece was the basic fact that Boston College paid John Henry’s Company for marketing advice. They took the fee and one suggestion was to play a home game at John Henry owned venue. Boston College has it’s own venue. Better place to watch a football game and BC gets to keep all the ticket revenue and parking fees and concession money and everything else. Only problem is John Henry does not own it.
But he owns the Globe.
The president of Fenway Sports Management is Sam Kennedy. He is also the president of the Red Sox. Check out this yes-man’s quote.
“Given the positive feedback we received on last November’s Shamrock Series, the Red Sox would love to see a return of BC football to Fenway Park in the near future,’’ Sox president Sam Kennedy said. “We have extended the invitation for BC to return whenever it works for their schedule.’’
Hey Sam, whose hat do you wear? Don’t you have contractual duties? Implied covenant of good faith and all that. Yet here you are mocking a client in public. My God Man!
Who would hire Fenway Sports Management now?
I think Henry thinks he is smarter than everyone. What an idiot.
Boston College should sue Fenway Sports Management and the Red Sox. Triple damages on this.
Remember folks, Boston College is not going anywhere, but the Globe? It’s in poor health and it has a buffoon for a doctor.