Among those weighing in on the con­flict of interest issue was Dan Kennedy, a jour­nalism pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. In a blog item that ran on The Huff­in­gton Post, Kennedy wrote, “The real issue is not how The Globe covers the Red Sox as a base­ball team but rather how it man­ages the tricky task of reporting on a major busi­ness and civic orga­ni­za­tion that’s run by the paper’s new owner.”

Under Henry’s stew­ard­ship, the Red Sox cut a favor­able licensing deal with the City of Boston to use the streets sur­rounding Fenway Park on game days, making “tens of mil­lions of dol­lars.” The Globe reported on this sweet­heart deal ear­lier this year. Would Henry allow such a piece to run as the newspaper’s owner?

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