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Fun With The Elias Sports Bureau

In his Afternoon Linkaliciousness post today, Adam Morris brought up a rather interesting story from Rob Neyer, relating the time Rob was suspended by ESPN for being critical of the Elias Sports Bureau.

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It was definitely a silly mistake made by Rob -- we all make mistakes, and he is still awesome -- but it is just about the 11,000th story published that paints Elias in a bad light. Or, more, features Elias painting themselves in a bad light.

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Remember this is the fun company that determines MLB free agent compensation, and has become the go-to for all our stat needs in every sport.

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In the comments, you can also find Rob referencing a time he was warned to stop criticizing Bud Selig. At an independent news organization, he should be able to criticize a major sports figure, but ESPN, obviously, has business interests with these groups, and thus must think twice about criticizing sports leagues and their major figures; even when they deserve it. What that makes you think of ESPN is up to you, of course.

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