Monday, April 22, 2013

Bob Lobel Joins SuiteSports


Legendary Sports Broadcaster Bob Lobel Will Begin a Weekly Blog and Podcast with

BOSTON, MA- APRIL 22, 2013 -, a new hybrid site that will feature both local Massachusetts high school sports coverage, as well as national sports opinion pieces from bloggers and reporters across the country, today announced the addition of legendary sports broadcaster Bob Lobel to its team.

For nearly 30 years, Lobel was a New England sports institution as the lead sports anchor for WBZ-TV in Boston. With his signature catchphrase "Why can't we get players like that?"-- Uttered whenever a former Boston player made a big play for his new team-- and memorable humorous personality, Lobel quickly became one of the most recognized sports broadcasters in the country. 

Now, Lobel joins SuiteSports to take a shot at the blogging world, a format he believes is tailor made for his writing style.

"I think blogging will play right into the way I thought for TV," Lobel said. "It's just going to be a collection of my thoughts. Perfect for my ADD when it comes to sports."

Lobel will write a weekly blog running on Tuesdays. In his blog, Lobel says he will cover it all – The four major Boston teams, national stories, scandals – with a sense of institutional knowledge, but also with humor.

"You can't have enough humor," Lobel chuckled.

Lobel will also appear on a weekly podcast for SuiteSports every Thursday where he will discuss the greatest events he has covered in his illustrious career. SuiteSports co-founder Joe Parello will host the segment, and can't think of a better person to join the SuiteSports team.

"The idea that Bob Lobel is joining our team, it's almost surreal," Parello said. "I feel like sometimes we get stuck in the Boston bubble, but I mentioned Bob to a friend of mine in Texas and he immediately shot back 'Why can't we get players like that!' That was a reminder that Bob is a giant, not just here in New England, but across the country. I honestly can't think of a better guy to join our site, and he's got some opinions that will get people talking, trust me."

Parello now dedicates his time to expanding SuiteSports, after a year of covering high school and college sports in Eastern and Central Massachusetts. Fellow co-founder Jeremy Conlin, who has contributed to ESPN’s TrueHoop Network and BuzzFeed Sports, grew up watching Lobel.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Bob join the team,” Conlin said. “When we started the site, we never would have imagined that someone of Bob’s stature would come on board. It’s a thrill to be adding someone who is such a prominent figure in Boston sports media.”

SuiteSports is set to re-launch with an entirely updated format to coincide with Lobel's first column. The site will also feature Massachusetts high school sports coverage from Parello, and national opinion pieces from Conlin and an expanded network of reporters and bloggers from across the country. Lobel says this hybrid of blogging and actual reporting drew him to SuiteSports.

"Well, I love the name," Lobel joked. "But also the concept behind the site. I see a ton of potential, and I think it's the next generation of sports sites."

Background Information is a new hybrid sports website that will combine opinion pieces with statistical analysis and local sports reporting in Eastern and Central Massachusetts.
Co-founders Joe Parello and Jeremy Conlin met while working for WTBU, the student radio station of Boston University. The two host a weekly college basketball program entitled "Taking You to School" on SuiteSports has also recently partnered with RF Sports Radio, an emerging giant in the online radio world that draws in over 225,000 listeners each month.
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