No it's not. Censorship is an act of the government to silence dissent. The CFL is not government, and has no obligation to actively host or provide a marketing platform for anyone.
The key difference is that the CFL has no ability to stop either of them from reporting whatever they want. The CFL does have the ability to refuse to help them in doing so.
I suppose that the league has a right to pick who gets published ion the official site, but even THEIR OWN REASONS for terminating them are pure censorship. They are basically saying 'only report what we want, if you criticize us we will punish you'.
As opposed to... every other professional sports league on the face of the earth, who does the same thing? You really think someone who works for a non-NFL network would ever be allowed to continue appearing on NFL.com
after posting draft picks before the official broadcaster?
The website is a tool of the marketing department. Marketing is incompetent if it doesn't step in.
You guys up above me ^^ passing judgments on whether either of them deserved the boot are copping out. They say what they feel, no matter how accurate or inaccurate any claims may be, it has nothing to do with it.
... actually it has everything to do with it. Professional reporters can't just make up total BS because they feel like it about the league, and expect the league to be okay with that.
Do I REALLY have to truck out this old adage?
I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.
You should probably understand it before trotting it out. Note that it doesn't say "will defend to the death your right to force me to publish it for you."
Pedersen in particular is garbage (I'm the first one to admit that), but he is still allowed to say what he wants.
If the league had said that they were dropping his content to make room for higher quality journalism I could buy that, but to say that he's dropped for attacking the commissioner is cowardly bulls**t. In fact, banning him just gave him a shred of credibility - even if only in his mind. Just guess what his next column will say now?
Something stupid, no doubt. And if the league had said that, would it matter? Conspiracy theorists don't listen to explanations, because any explanation is just part of the conspiracy.
In the case of Dunk, this is obviously punishment for leaking the draft picks. Come on, how petty can the league get?
I'm sure TSN was pretty unhappy at being made to look ridiculous by someone who also works for the league. Now Dunk can leak the draft picks without any problem,.
Hey CFL ... quit blaming the media for your problems. Grow some balls Orridge.
Go ahead, name another league on the planet that would continue to publish someone who claims the league is in a vast conspiracy against a team. I'll wait.