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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Reporter Richard Deitsch on the Islanders' "grand experiment"

Sports Illustrated reporter Richard Deitsch took part in a little sports media history when he sat in the NYI Blox Box, presented by, for its debut on Opening Night when the Islanders hosted the Buffalo Sabres.

Deitsch spent the entire game in the box talking with the bloggers and even a pair of University professors who traveled to Long Island for a study on the new concept.

Writes Deitsch: “The Blog Box members acquitted themselves well on Saturday. They were smart and impassioned. A couple of plucky souls asked pointed questions of Campoli, including whether he was worried about losing ice time to Bryan Berard, a free-agent defenseman who is expected to be signed after a training camp invite/try-out. The recaps the following day were an interesting mix of fandom and reportage. ‘I thought their questions were good,' Chris Campoli said. ‘Very educated. It was just like another interview from a professional writer.'"

To read the report on, please click here.

Click here to see a video on Islanders TV about the formation of the NYI Blog Box.
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