Red Sox vs. Rutstein on "Boston Baseball Underground"

Red Sox vs. Rutstein on "Boston Baseball Underground"

Post by Fil Alle » Fri, 07 Aug 1992 23:31:31


I just read an article in Newsweek about this guy, Michael Rutstein,
who sells his own baseball rag called "Boston Baseball Underground". He's
been doing this for three years outside Fenway and at Newstands
and now the City of Boston and the Red Sox are coming after him
because he's cutting into the sales of the "Official Program". So
what's the story with this guy? Is the rag any good? The city took him
to court, who won?
 
 
 

Red Sox vs. Rutstein on "Boston Baseball Underground"

Post by ku.. » Sat, 08 Aug 1992 00:26:45

Quote:
> and now the City of Boston and the Red Sox are coming after him
> because he's cutting into the sales of the "Official Program". So
> what's the story with this guy? Is the rag any good? The city took him
> to court, who won?

Actually, you've answered your own question! Yes, the rag is considered to
be very good by many.  Which is why it is cutting into sales.  The "Official
Program" needs to be "approved" by the Boston Red Sox, therefore, the quality
of writing tends to be watered down, to the extent that the positive is hyped
and the negatives are ignored.

By Contrast, the underground rag is more honest & straightforward, and tells
it like it is; both good & bad.  I believe it also covers more up to date
coverage of the Sox & incoming teams, as well as Sox-minor league info.

I think the courts have a temporary restraining order (or something like that)
on the sale of the rag outside the immediate confines of "Friendly Fenway".
But I'm not sure if it has been totally resolved.

JoeK.

 
 
 

Red Sox vs. Rutstein on "Boston Baseball Underground"

Post by Bert Smi » Sat, 08 Aug 1992 02:58:11

Quote:

>I think the courts have a temporary restraining order (or something like that)
>on the sale of the rag outside the immediate confines of "Friendly Fenway".
>But I'm not sure if it has been totally resolved.

There is no restraining order at this point in time.  I just bought a
"Baseball Underground" this past Sunday.  It wast he first time that I
picked one up.  I must say that I was quite happy with it.  I never
would buy the "Official" rag, but I would consider getting this again.

There have been a few articles in the Globe about this battle between
the well connect baseball team vs. the little guy.  One theory is that
the Sox hoped that if he was indicted for selling without a license that
the operation would shhut down because he couldn't afford legal
protection.  But in this case, his mom is a lawyer.  He also seems to be
pretty good at P.R.  He is getting lots of press now, and it all seems
to be good.

The city has indicted for selling without a license.  Somehow the city
thinks this issue is outside the first amendment.  Something about
arguing that "BU" is not a periodical publication.  I don't understand
why this would make any difference.  Maybe some lawyer type could
explain to me what the difference is.  Nonetheless, I would expect the
city to lose this case.  Of course, the Sox and their friends in city
hall may be able to do the unexpected.

-bert

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Red Sox vs. Rutstein on "Boston Baseball Underground"

Post by Sarcasm Is A Way Of Lif » Sat, 08 Aug 1992 05:18:07


Quote:
>I just read an article in Newsweek about this guy, Michael Rutstein,
>who sells his own baseball rag called "Boston Baseball Underground". He's
>been doing this for three years outside Fenway and at Newstands
>and now the City of Boston and the Red Sox are coming after him
>because he's cutting into the sales of the "Official Program". So
>what's the story with this guy? Is the rag any good? The city took him
>to court, who won?

Don't think anything has really been resolved yet, but ..

Baseball Underground is a much better publication than the Red Sox
program, and with pencil its less than half the price.  I don't mean to
imply that BU is Shakespeare, but its certainly much more informative
than the official Red Sox stuff.  And frankly, the Red Sox publications
are pretty poor in comparison to the stuff that I've seen from some other
major league clubs.

Greg
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