South African Junket

South African Junket

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 2, 2009
  • 8 Comments
  • South Africa

A month ago I was one of the few approached by a group called the International Marketing Council of South Africa offering a  trip to South Africa to cover the US national team in the 2009 Confederations Cup. The trip was totally free including flight to and from, as well as travel costs and hotel in South Africa. In other words it was a tough deal to pass up.

I, like a couple other bloggers declined the trip. My reasoning for the decline was personal but honestly it would have been a very cool trip. It was a very big honor to me personally to even be considered for the trip.

Thing is that trip is has been canceled.

I guess since my decline of the offer I pretty much put the thing to rest and ignored anything that came from it since then. Shortly after I said I wasn’t going the whole thing got canceled and some comments came out from a few bloggers over the ethics of the whole thing. A conflict of interest come up and from there things got a bit out of hand.

I won’t point fingers like some out there but by now you all know who and what was said about the trip. One writer/blogger came out and said some things that got some folks upset. The best summary I found was over at Pitch Invasion about the whole ordeal. You can form your own opinion about the subject there.

Was the comments tossed out there blown out of proportion? I know I am a bit late on the discussion about this trip but since I had a little bit of a stake in it at one point I feel I can still bring it up to those who didn’t know about it.

In my mind the comments weren’t all that crazy. Some took them a little more to heart than others since it was directed at certain bloggers/writers that those people may enjoy more than others. Every blogger on the web has a certain following and some are bigger than others which is why some may have taken the snarky comments to heart a little more than others.

In a perfect world where I am not bound by a couple weeks of paid vacation time by my normal day job and other facts of life were more sorted (getting married in three months and currently buying a house takes a lot of time away from things) out I would have accepted this trip.

So in all maybe this trip was just too good to be true after all.

  • TCompton

    I'm not familiar with the other bloggers who seem upset at Steven Goff's &quot;snarky&quot; comment, but I would suspect that whether a blogger feels his/her integrity is impaired depends largely on his or her own point of view. <br />
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    Steven Goff works for a major National newspaper, and while I question the integrity of some if its writers, Goff feels compelled to stay as independent as he can.<br />
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    Another blogger not tied to a major news outlet may have a completely different perspective. Personally, if I were offered the trip and could take time off of work, and had not other conflicts, I would be thrilled to go. <br />
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    I have no clue whether the International Marketing Council of South Africa put any stipulations on the bloggers reports, but if they were paying the way, they would certainly have a right to do so in an effort to promote tourism to South Africa for the World Cup.<br />
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    That said, given the difficulty that people have had trying to get tickets for the 2010 World Cup, I seriously doubt South Africa will suffer from a lack of tourists and soccer fans.

  • TCompton

    Then again, Goff often is sarcastic on his blog and may have meant nothing in his comment except to be snarky.

  • AW

    Goff has a freaking hotline to MLS and USSF headquarters for f's sake – that's why he scoops everyone. I suspect he couldn't go to SA because of work, but didn't want any lowly bloggers to scoop him. Shows you he feels the heat from independent blog outlets.

  • Anonymous

    Goff looks out for number one. Make no mistake about it. Soon it will all be exposed. He is an ass. The funny thing is that he so fears other bloggers that he refuses to associate with ones not linked to MSM (mainstream media) outlets. In a year or two when the Washington Post faces the kind of market issues that have put other newspapers out of business, Goff will likely be cut. When that happens he'll ironically probably try to start his own &quot;Goff Soccer Insider&quot; independent blog. He is a dinosaur who doesn't realize his time is short. Or maybe he does and that's why he is so snarky, defensive and imposing.

  • TCompton

    I’m not familiar with the other bloggers who seem upset at Steven Goff’s “snarky” comment, but I would suspect that whether a blogger feels his/her integrity is impaired depends largely on his or her own point of view.

    Steven Goff works for a major National newspaper, and while I question the integrity of some if its writers, Goff feels compelled to stay as independent as he can.

    Another blogger not tied to a major news outlet may have a completely different perspective. Personally, if I were offered the trip and could take time off of work, and had not other conflicts, I would be thrilled to go.

    I have no clue whether the International Marketing Council of South Africa put any stipulations on the bloggers reports, but if they were paying the way, they would certainly have a right to do so in an effort to promote tourism to South Africa for the World Cup.

    That said, given the difficulty that people have had trying to get tickets for the 2010 World Cup, I seriously doubt South Africa will suffer from a lack of tourists and soccer fans.

  • TCompton

    Then again, Goff often is sarcastic on his blog and may have meant nothing in his comment except to be snarky.

  • AW

    Goff has a freaking hotline to MLS and USSF headquarters for f’s sake – that’s why he scoops everyone. I suspect he couldn’t go to SA because of work, but didn’t want any lowly bloggers to scoop him. Shows you he feels the heat from independent blog outlets.

  • Anonymous

    Goff looks out for number one. Make no mistake about it. Soon it will all be exposed. He is an ass.

    The funny thing is that he so fears other bloggers that he refuses to associate with ones not linked to MSM (mainstream media) outlets.

    In a year or two when the Washington Post faces the kind of market issues that have put other newspapers out of business, Goff will likely be cut. When that happens he’ll ironically probably try to start his own “Goff Soccer Insider” independent blog.

    He is a dinosaur who doesn’t realize his time is short. Or maybe he does and that’s why he is so snarky, defensive and imposing.