Not For Attribution, Apparently

Dan Loney and I aren’t going to be able to bring you Four At The Back as often as we would like for a while, but it’s interesting to find that people are listening to the show.

To wit, this story on Inside Minnesota Soccer on the ongoing saga with the United Soccer Leagues (the organization was just sold, some USL-1 owners are not happy about it and may bolt and form their own league, if you believe some reports).

My man Tim Holt (who’s now President of USL after a restructuring) is quoted several times in the piece. And while reading it,  I thought to myself, “those quotes sound familiar.”

Turns out, they are familiar. The quotes are nearly verbatim what Holt told us in an interview in April for Episode #6 of Four At The Back (15:38 in, if you want to listen).

THE STORY QUOTES TIM HOLT:
“The owners of USL 1 teams who are pursuing Major League Soccer is not a desirable situation for us. It doesn’t help us in stability as a league,.” Holt stated.

HOLT SAID TO US:
“The owners of USL 1 teams that are pursuing Major League Soccer, that’s not a desirable situation for us. It doesn’t help us in stability as a league.”

THE STORY QUOTES TIM HOLT:
“We can either sit around and say, well, we can let this happen over time or we can continue to try to evolve the business model in USL-1 that it’s such a viable alternative to MLS that certain ownership groups would prefer to stay in USL-1 and be able to run their professional soccer franchise rather than be part of MLS. Our models are very different,” continued Holt.

HOLT SAID TO US:
“We can either sit around and say, well, you know, we’re gonna continue to have this happen over time or we can continue to try to evolve the business model in USL-1 and the overall models so that it’s such a viable alternative to Major League Soccer that certain ownership groups would prefer to stay in USL-1 and be able to run their professional soccer franchise rather than be part of the MLS model. Our models are very, very different.”

THE STORY QUOTES TIM HOLT:
“A market like Austin, Texas is a perfect market for USL-1… somewhere between 20 through 50. That’s not a market that MLS is likely to expand into any time in the near future.”

HOLT SAID TO US:
“You look at a market like Austin…that’s a perfect USL-1 market.  Somewhere sort of market size 20 through 50, not a market that MLS is likely to expand into any time in the future, probably ever.”

(The same story also appeared on MajorLeagueSoccerTalk.com, but to the credit of their editor, Kartik Krishnaiyer, he changed the text to properly attribute the quotes when informed of the omission, for which I thank him. The author of Inside Minnesota Soccer has yet to do this, despite being asked.)

Do you know what we call it when you use a quote from someone else’s published interview and don’t attribute the quote to that interview? The journalism school where I teach has a term for it. I may not go that far, but it is lazy journalism and puts bloggers in a bad light at a time in history when they’re taking enough heat already.

EDIT: It’s game on now, big man. Game on.

2 comments on “Not For Attribution, Apparently

  1. Andy says:

    Now if only we can sort out those bloggers who 1) don’t attribute/credit the photos they use, 2) choose not to understand that proper credit is not the same as properly licensed, and 3) think “fair use” means that any thing they want is fair to use for free.

  2. […] Quarstad were the constant conduits of information in this ongoing saga. Kartik has been accused of lazy journalism, but he cares more than most about the USL and other lesser covered parts of the American soccer […]

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