Last week, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) banned mini digital recording devices from the Leafs' locker room both on the home and on the road. Today, we learn that the reasoning behind the rule wasn't so much to stifle reporters or anything reasonable like that.
"It comes down to the fact that I don't want to see naked images of my players on YouTube," said John Lashway, the senior vice-president of communications with the Leafs' parent, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.No, MLSE wants to hinder the underground hockey player porn market and make sure that naked videos and pictures of their players don't make their way onto the series of tubes that we call the Internets. This will almost certainly bring an end to the booming market for nude Maple Leaf vids and clips. We will all surely lose a lot of sleep tonight, as it will be harder to visualize the team in our dreams. Um... Moving on...
One group of people unaffected by this move are gay hockey fans. As it turns out, they are not the least bit upset about the rule. Apparently, Jason "Fetus" Blake and Mats Sundin aren't that hot. That's surprising considering the fact that Sundin is Swedish. Then again, he is thirty freaking six and probably past his prime.
And so ends your weekly report on the hockey player porn market. Hopefully, this is the only week that I will have to report on it. Man, was that awkward.