Boycott The Scouting News

April 3, 2008

Google “Boycott The Scouting News”

Wow, have you Googled “The Scouting News” or “Boycott The Scouting News” lately? We have literally surrounded and out-flanked the lecherous, predatory Ron Holmes, aka “Benny” with our virtual army of parents, players and coaches who reject his practices of preying on kids and posing as a hockey insider who can affect the future of promising prospects. When this boycott started, the publisher of The Scouting News thought he could call coaches and even existing parent-subscribers and influence them to blacklist or socially isolate the children of parents who called his bluff. If this is your first time visiting this site, that may sound like a far-fetched claim, but as you read the articles and comments of parents and coaches contained on this site, you will realize that a critical mass of support for the Boycott was reached last year. Essentially, people were fed up with the deception and manipulation The Scouting News used to suit its perverted purposes. Today, you cannot Google the Scouting News without seeing the Boycott right next to it! Today, the internet reach and pageviews of the Scouting News are at their lowest levels since the insipid rubbish rag debuted.

Scouting News Numbers Near Zero!

Wow! Pageviews down 80% over the last 3 months! That’s enormous. Thanks to conscientious adults who value truth and integrity above seeing their children’s names mentioned on a supposed authoritative web site, the Boycott has spread like wildfire. Parents and coaches fed up with a man who spams and floods internet forums with annoying solicited testimonials from deparate, though well-meaning parents and children. Parents and children who have trusted him with their pictures and stories who had been fooled into thinking that the publicity might help them obtain better hockey opportunities have discovered that no reputable coach or scout cares what The Scouting News writes and no reputable journalist would contribute content to a publication so plagued with incompetence and so lacking in integrity. Just look at the teeny tiny lines in the bottom right corner of the traffic graph below. Their stats haven’t been this low since they opened the site. Have you noticed all of the promotions they’ve been offerring lately to get new subscribers? This is why…

Scouting News Going Out of Business

That’s a clear indication that people have had enough of The Scouting News. Each year another group of Pee Wees and Bantams will hear the Pied Piper’s tune luring them to send in their pictures, stories, and money. Until the Scouting News apologizes publicly and affirms in writing that it will discontinue its predatory and disparaging polcies, the Boycott will live on, continually tightening its virtual grip until eventually, the Scouting News will realize the futility of continuing its operations.

January 31, 2008

Subscriptions Near Bottom?

Filed under: "The Scouting News",Blogroll,Ice Scouting,IceScouting.com — The Scouting Nazi @ 4:26 pm

If pageview trends are any indication of a site’s popularity, The Scouting News is finally nearing its deserved end. Pageviews are at an all time low, down 42% in the last 90 days thanks to the efforts of The Boycott!

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Not since the fraudulently-premised site began have visitor numbers been so low. What’s changed? Absolutely nothing, and that’s precisely why the site is in such precipitous decline. Word has spread near and far of their predatory, vindictive practices. What’s new is the thousands of visitors to this site and internet forums who have found the courage to speak out in spite of the threats made by Ron “Benny” Holmes and The Scouting News. Attempts to make parents think he has the ability to hurt their children’s chances for success in hockey are finally being rejected because a critical mass of outrage and indignity has been reached. Thanks to all who have canceled their subscriptions. Thanks to every single one of you who are helping to spread the word about just how unscrupulously Ron Holmes behaves and how poorly regarded he truly is throughout the world of youth hockey. Keep spreading the word. Paste links to this site on every forum, email your friends, and especially warn parents with younger children who are new to this whole scam, The Scouting News preys on the love and pride of parents. It’s time to turn up the heat and finish them off for good. It’s amazing through all this, one man has stubbornly refused to hear the complaints of the public – that he has refused to apologize publicly and mend his ways. Until The Scouting News publicly apologizes for misrepresenting itself, erase their bookmark, don’t visit their site even out of curiosity, and don’t give them one thin dime. Way to go, hockey fans! You should be very proud of yourselves. The court of public opinion has convicted Ron Holmes, The Scouting Nazi. Just look at those teeny, tiny numbers in the bottom right corner. Let’s see if we can get them all the way down to zero.

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December 19, 2007

Scouting News Trades on Violence

Filed under: "The Scouting News",Blogroll,Ice Scouting,IceScouting.com — The Scouting Nazi @ 6:52 pm

In a new low, The Scouting News used its anonymous “intel” arm, Network 54 to stir the pot regarding a recent row at a youth hockey game. If it weren’t enough to trade on the pride and hopes of parents and children re-selling them their very own recycled words, they are now fishing for dirt on the seamier side of the pond. Next they’ll be trolling for parents’ personal indiscretions. Welcome the Jerry Springer of hockey, Ron “Benny” Holmes (aka The Scouting News).

Digging Dirt

December 16, 2007

The Scouting News Launches Puppet Site

In a desperate attempt to save its sinking flag-ship, The Scouting News recently launched copy-cat site, icescouting.com. The new domain is registered anonymously and differs from the Scouting News only in that its scouts have names and photographs published. Or should I say its Scout (only one). While it would be unfair to comment on the legitimacy or credibility of the new site’s source, he is clearly not discriminating about the company he keeps. We urge “former WHL scout”, Sean Wilson, to distance himself as quickly and as far as possible from this new joint venture and its cowardly face, Ron Holmes. Perhaps if Wilson knew the lows to which Holmes stoops in the name of business, he would never have allowed his name and likeness to be associated. On the other hand, perhaps Wilson is associated with The Scouting News precisely because he was unsuccessful in prior ventures. You are judged by the company you keep, and Mr. Wilson, regrettably it is affecting your reputation and credibility very negatively. How do we know these two are in choots? When have you ever seen The Scouting News link to a competitive site? When have you ever seen them name a source? The sites use the same payment processor. They even use the same words, pictures, and articles. They want you to visit the new site. Why? Because the Boycott is working! The Scouting News revenue is spiraling beyond repair thanks to the Boycott. By setting up a figure-head and copy-cat site with a different name, they hope to continue their business of preying on the hopes, dreams, and pride of innocent parents and children by masquerading as a legitimate source of news for coaches and scouts. There is even, perhaps, redemptive value in that aim as long as there are those who knowingly buy into it. There is however, no excuse for the bullying and persecuting practiced by Ron Holmes.

Boycott The Scouting News and Boycott IceScouting.com! Boycott every other venture it spawns until The Scouting News can muster the integrity to publish an aplogy on its front page and in its Network 54 Forum. Aplogize for calling coaches to complain about parents who don’t agree with your articles, apologize for attempting to black-list deserving kids, apologize for spreading lies about others in internet forums, apologize for bullying and persecuting paying customers, and apologize for taking so long to apologize. Then, the Boycotts will be lifted.

December 4, 2007

Scouting News: Bogus Rumors Hurt

Filed under: "The Scouting News",Blogroll — The Scouting Nazi @ 1:19 pm

What’s the big deal if you’re only wrong 1% of the time? That’s one perspective, but when you spread rumors from trusted “inside sources” that players are drafted or committed and those rumors turn out to be false, credibility is damaged – not just yours but that of everyone associated with the story. The Scouting News commonly extols its accuracy while ignoring its (arguably comparative) errors as insignificant. Let me ask you this, “If you’re an aspiring athlete, and someone publishes something untrue about you that affects your future, how would you feel?” This is exactly why people who subscribe to and support The Scouting News should cancel their subscriptions immediately. Today, an announcement was made about a player based on unsubstantiated rumor. Now, that player who is completely without blame, will be linked by association with that deceit by some. Will he be overlooked by CHL scouts who believed he was committing to NCAA? Probably not but once rumors get going, they’re hard to stop.  Wake up and smell the coffee, people. Don’t subscribe, don’t renew, and don’t even read their teaser pages. Boycott The Scouting News and support our youth – support the Game!

Did The Scouting News start the rumor? We can’t say for sure, but they posted an article about NCAA commitments on their page today, they run the forum at Network 54, posted a message about Smith-Pelly there today, and as soon as someone called them on it and blamed them for starting the rumor, they deleted the message from the forum. It’s your call.

November 30, 2007

Scouting News Subscriptions Sag

Filed under: "The Scouting News",Blogroll — The Scouting Nazi @ 11:21 am
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The Scouting News is reaping the sour fruit of its misguided behavior. The Boycott has been more effective than we could have imagined. Their web site is down today, probably for lack of payment because as the graph below shows, their page views are down precipitously from the same time last year. No page views, no income – no income, no web site! Thanks to all of you who support this important grass-roots effort and let’s keep the heat on. Don’t support sites that prey on the pride and hopes of loving families, don’t pay for services which claim to increase your athlete’s visibility and success, and don’t support any business that manipulates children or their parents for financial gain. Athletes get what they earn on the playing field or ice – not based on what predatory disreputable services say about them. The graph below is not a fabrication, see for yourself.

Subscriptions Dag, Page Views Plummet

October 1, 2007

The Scouting News Stalks Parents

The Scouting Nazi showed his hand recently. He creates newsgroups/forums and salts them with topics he thinks will generate discussion. Not a bad idea because it let’s him know where his suckers’ (I mean customers’) heads are. As the moderator, when he sees a topic take off with lots of comments, he sticks it on the front page of his publication as a teaser to get the same poor parents to pay money to read. That’s right, they’re reading some of the same stuff for free in the forums before it gets digested and regurgitated on pay-per-view. Expensive vomit is what it amounts too. Parents think they’re going to some innocuous forum to vent their feelings anonymously, but all they’re doing is feeding the hand that bites them (intentional). He publishes lists of kids from other publications like The Red Line Report which would amount to plagiarism and copyright infringement, but he deletes the names of kids whose parents have crossed him. That way, he can claim “originality” and when the ones he leaves off turn out to be the real deal, he conveniently cowers behind his claim that he’s 99% accurate. Baloney! He’s 99% accurate because he publishes children’s and parents’ accounts of themselves and leaves out the ones who know the truth. If he’d put them all in, he’d be 100% accurate, but what good would that be? Exactly, worthless as well. Be very suspicious of any forum you’re reading at http://www.network54.com, especially if it contains threads like “who’s the best…”, “top forwards….”, etc. Snake oil, anyone? If you don’t believe me, post a negative comment on any www.network54.com Hockey Forum and see what happens. Another hint: the forums he moderates don’t make IP addresses visible- that’s so you can’t easily prove it’s him (unless you know what to look for).

July 23, 2007

Propaganda Rises as Page-Views Plummet

Filed under: "The Scouting News",Blogroll — The Scouting Nazi @ 10:08 pm

The Scouting News offered up another juicy morsel of mediocrity this week with its article, “Free: Thoughts.” Thank goodness they were free, but calling that meandering propaganda “thoughts” is euphemistic at best. The article opens with,

“July has been our best month ever! Now let’s move forward with discussing The Scouting News’ focus for 2007-2008. Our goal is real simple: BE MORE SUCCESSFUL and BE NUMBER ONE! We will let others talk the talk, while we walk the walk.”

Hey, maybe we can suggest one or two more goals to shoot for. How about, “respect customers” and “act with integrity”? They’re finally letting others talk? Amazing! Actually, it took a Boycott to get the truth out. The “news” goes on to contradict itself, “…Despite the loss of revenue and traffic message boards created for The Scouting News we will stand by our decision.” Apparently the decision they’re sticking to is the one to be rude, arrogant, deceitful and to tick everyone off as much as humanly possible. So which is it, was July their best month ever? Or did “the message boards” cause a loss of revenue and traffic? Tell ya what my Boycott buddies, here’s the chart of his traffic. It’s publicly available data that I am not making up:

Traffic Graph

So, clearly, July was NOT their “best month ever.” Their “reach” is down 33% in the last three months and their internet traffic rank based on a combined measure of page views and users is dropping like a rock. Holmes goes on to say they’re going to build three new sites to swindle and bully even more unsuspecting victims. In other words, the Boycott has been so effective, he’s going to a new platform that will allow him even more autocratic control and power to persecute his customers. If your child is getting a good report from this fool, good for you, but your money is directly supporting cyber terrorism and you should stand up for your fellow hockey parents, coaches, and players and cancel your subscription, ask for a refund, and don’t renew until Holmes publishes an apology on his front page. It’s so simple. All he has to do is say that he finally understands that the boycott wasn’t about a disagreement with his content- rather it was about the obsessive manner he went about attacking and persecuting customers and others who disagreed with him, that he regrets that behavior, and that he promises not to do it again in the future. How hard it that? Instead, he’d rather dig his heels in and continue spreading lies, omitting truths, and asking you to take his word at every turn. That’s ok, this Boycott can easily and quickly be expanded to include any other sites he puts up, so we’ll just leave it here until we get our apology. So after all this, you still think the “news” is worth paying for? Did you notice who they left off the 92 list and have you asked yourself why? I seem to recall a recent first round WHL ’92 draftee who doesn’t even show in the top ten of Holmes’ latest and “most accurate” list. Again, although this Boycott is not about content, the content as well as the omissions tell the story of this man’s penchant for punishing others with whom he disagrees and they highlight the inescapable untruths he foists daily upon his victims. Don’t support him any more in any fashion. Tell us your story of how Holmes bullied or lied to you.

July 20, 2007

12 Days

Filed under: "The Scouting News",Blogroll — The Scouting Nazi @ 5:53 am

Only 12 days ago, the Boycott blog did not exist. Today, I Googled “The Scouting News” and was humbled to see that the Boycott blog is third in the search order. Ironically, the only thing separating The Scouting News from the Boycott is the A-Train Hockey Vlog. At this point, I’m thinking it may actually be possible for the Boycott to become more popular than The Scouting News itself! That would be the utlimate testament to the power of freedom – the very freedom Ron Holmes seeks to limit. The Boycott couldn’t possibly survive on the effort of one person, so thanks to all of you who are checking out this site- who value freedom of expression and abhor censorship, persecution and bullying. Keep clicking, seaching, and sending this site to everyone you know in hockey. Has The Scouting News offended you? Tell the world your story here so that others can be spared the abuse you sufferred. Don’t subscribe and don’t renew. Don’t fund oppression, lies, and persecution of the innocent. Just click on “Join the Boycott” and leave a comment telling your story.

3rd Place on Google and Rising

July 17, 2007

Boycott Gains Ground

Filed under: "The Scouting News",Blogroll — The Scouting Nazi @ 2:49 pm

Wow, the Boycott is really picking up steam. It’s amazing how quickly the new blog has risen to the top of the search engines. A couple of weeks ago, this site didn’t even exist. Have you Googled lately? This blog started 07/08 and by 07/11 it debuted in the 49th position on WordPress’s Growing Blogs of the Day. Today, the Boycott has over 1341 hits averaging 150 hits per day. That may not sound like a lot, but when you look at where the Boycott appears in the search engine orders, you can see that the Boycott is definitely gaining ground.

The Boycott only has four more spots to climb until it is challenging the main site itself. Soon it will be impossible for anyone to find the Scouting News without finding the Boycott blog as well, and that is our primary objective. Ultimately, this boycott seeks the removal of Ron Holmes, as the primary bully and persecutor of public dissent. We seek an end to this organization’s attempts to harm players and thereby the game of hockey itself through its own self-important dellusions. The Scouting News is marketed to parents as a scouting resource. The truth is that it is no more than a magic eight ball benifitted by an internet which puts the world at its plagiarising fingertips. Reject bullying, blacklisting, elitism, totalitarianism, fascism, nazism, and racism. Stand up for freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of association. Don’t give Ron Holmes another thin dime! Add your comments anonymously or using a pseudonym and rest assured your identity will be protected from the persecution of this stubborn, ego-maniacal man, and end his reign of terror.

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