Daniel Snyder, the petulant, litigious Redskins’ owner, is still angry about the Washington City Paper for its takedown of him in 2010. How seething is Snyder? He’s subpoenaing Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog to find out why the Washington Post blogger linked to said takedown. According to the City Paper, Snyder wants to know whether or not there was “any agreement between McKenna and Steinberg to cross-promote McKenna’s pieces on Snyder.” Does Snyder have any clue how blogs work?
According to the court papers Snyder’s legal team sent the Post, they’re interested in learning why blogger Dan Steinberg linked to City Paper‘s “Cranky Redskins Fan’s Guide to Dan Snyder.” Steinberg writes about the off-field antics of just about every sports figure in the area, and he’s often linked to McKenna’s work; the two are friendly rivals on the same culture-and-business-of-sports beat. Snyder’s team told the Post in February they intended “to explore whether there was any agreement between McKenna and Steinberg to cross-promote McKenna’s pieces on Snyder.”
Newsflash to Mr. Snyder, who may not be sure how blogs work. Bloggers can only see so much. They also receive links from readers and occasionally from writers looking to get their work linked up. I reached out to Steinberg for reaction, but with the lawyers involved, he’s mum.
Is there a more insecure owner in all of sports? Snyder’s lawyers apparently will seek to depose Mr. Steinberg.
I think I lost count somewhere along the way, but this might be round IX of the Redskins vs. the Washington Post.
[Full disclosure: I know Steinberg. I've met him once, maybe twice. We email. He's an intelligent, witty fellow. Nice guy. I've said numerous times on this website and on the radio and in print that Steinberg should be the blueprint for all newspaper sports bloggers, once papers get around to hiring bloggers full-time.]