Now, why would Selena Roberts’ publisher do that?

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I love the Associated Press. While the newswire is trying to wage war against search engines and news aggregators, its reporters are proving to be fairly clueless. To whit is a story that went out over the wires earlier today. Selena Roberts, unauthorized biographer of All Things A-Rod, has delayed the street date of her upcoming tell-all. Ostensibly, the delay is due to the fact that she “need[ed] more time for the book.”

But who is Harper Collins trying to fool? Any reporter worth his or her salt would have noticed that the new release date — May 13 — ensures that A-Rod will either be off the disabled list or on the verge of being activated when this supposedly explosive book arrives. I certainly understand the business rationale behind this one, but talk about a blatant marketing ploy. How could the AP not pick up on that?

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  • radnom

    Lame.

  • Manimal

    She probably wants to release it when Arod is active and playing.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Yes. Of course. That’s the point.

    • Chris C.

      I don’t see why.

      I think an AROD tell-all would do just as well if he was on the DL, as it would when he’s active. I mean, do you think people have actually forgotten about him right now, so no one would buy the book? Anyone who has an interest in the book will get it whether he’s healthy or injured. It’s kind of silly to think otherwise.

      If it’s a marketing ploy, I really don’t see why. Maybe they really AREN’T ready to release the book yet.

  • Tseng

    Blatant marketing ploy. If A-rod suffers a setback and won’t be back until late May, there will be another mysterious delay, I’m sure.

    • A.D.

      Or comes back early in late April and has been playing for better part of a month by the time it is released

      • http://www.youtube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

        Or comes back early in late April tomorrow and has been playing for better part of a month by the time it is released

  • Drew

    I don’t think it is a marketing ploy. I don’t believe that they will sell more in the first month of sales due to this. I think it just goes to show that Selena, and her publishing partner, are out to smear A-rod and make it as difficult as possible for him on both the field and in his personal life.

    • pat

      I would say the monetary implications outweigh a personal desire to smear the rod. Arod coming back to the lineup is going to be huge news for the Yankees, especially if they’re struggling. This is the best way to piggy back on his name already being in the headlines.

      • Drew

        This book is going to make it’s own headlines. IMO this isn’t monetarily driven because they’re going to sell whether A-rod is in Tampa or NY.

        • Rich

          But they get a higher position in the nightly sports news shows if they have video of A-Rod refusing to comment.

          In fact, with footage of A-Rod, it may also make the non-sports news shows. On a slow news day, it may even be the lead.

          • Drew

            Yea you might be right about the “no comment” or if he actually says something about it. Point taken.

            • LP

              Not a marketing ploy. Don’t you think they have to check, double-check and triple-check all the facts before they go to press? Do you know how quickly this author is getting this book out, compared to how long it usually takes? Especially since she broke the BIGGEST story of the sports year?

              Also: why would a publisher sit on finished books, with the risk that someone could leak something?

              You conspiracy theorists crack me up.

    • Expired Milk

      $$$$$$>>>Smearing Boli

      • Drew

        Right I know. My point was that it would sell the same whether it’s released on April 30th (my b-day) or May 13th. Rich had a good point though.

        • Chris C.

          I agree. But like Rich said, maybe they are looking for an immidiate AROD reaction, and if he’s on the DL, he won’t be around to give one. That was a pretty good point that I didn’t think of.

          But I did think the book would sell the same. But they may be looking to create a bigger story, and that in itself would create more sales..

  • Rich

    Ignore her and her trashy screed.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    We should team team up and write an unauthorized biography on Selena Roberts. You know she’s got dirt.

    • Thomas

      Somebody told me she goes down to Home Depot and pays the migrant workers to go to her house and choke her in the shower.

      • Joey

        Someone told me she kills puppies for their fur and makes coats and bags out of them

    • Rich

      / Her smearing of the Duke Lacrosse team

      • Drew

        ..duh! that slipped my mind. Stupid bitch.

  • Drew
    • Chris C.

      That’s not “inside” news.
      It’s common knowledge in Florida that AROD owns a bunch of very shitty appartments, and a relative who runs them is a cheap, lazy bitch.

      Roberts may or may not have broken that story, but it’s been covered before.

      Roberts’ real black eye was immidiately throwing the Duke lax players under the bus when some nutty slut cried “rape”.

  • Blackdragon905

    I hope A-rod comes back in April…She’s really beyond annoying and bitchy.

    • Rich

      That’s actually a really good point. This may make it more likely that A-Rod comes back sooner because it would give him to time to acclimate himself to playing again before he has to deal with the smears.

      • Blackdragon905

        Ya, let’s hope so.

  • Bob Stone

    Some publishers will do anything to sell more books. It’s sad but a fact of life in the business.

  • kSturnz

    he should get rid of some of his image consultants and just get a huge team of lawyers and sue anyone and everyone

  • RCK

    So completely sleazy.

  • Bob Stone

    It’s a total shame what Selena Roberts did in the Duke LaCrosse story. It was one the worst examples of muckraking I’ve seen.

    • Chris C.

      In all fairness, she shouldn’t take all the blame for that. Just about every black leader was passing out a conviction the day after the event.

      IT was like Tawana Brawley all over again.

  • donttradecano

    I personally cant stand people who are out to make money by smearing someone who makes more money than them. Arent there more important things to write books on in sports? How about how college football is still lacking in the hiring of black coaches? Or better yet how about one about the struggles that players who come from poor countries have to deal with to make it to the majors? Id read that book.

    What did Arod ever do to her? Its not his fault shes ugly.

    • Chris C.

      “I personally cant stand people who are out to make money by smearing someone who makes more money than them.”

      And how do you feel about people who make a ton of money, and use that to usurp priviledges that the regular guy would not get away with? These people know going in that part of the deal of making millions comes with being in the spotlight and under the microscope. If they don’t like it, they can go do something else for a living.

      “Arent there more important things to write books on in sports?”

      No. In sports, the usual thing to write about is the atheletes that participate in them.

      “How about how college football is still lacking in the hiring of black coaches?”

      That’s been written about a million times. I doubt someone will write another article about it, and you’ll learn something new that you didn’t know before.

      “Or better yet how about one about the struggles that players who come from poor countries have to deal with to make it to the majors?”

      If that was the cover story of tomorrow’s paper, no one would read it. There are more people in the majors right now from other countries than there are from this one!

      “Id read that book.”

      It would be on the discount rack within two days.

      “Its not his fault shes ugly.”

      Everything is AROD’s fault. World hunger, war in Iraq, the destruction of the world’s rain forests, and you on here sounding foolish because you have no grasp of what the people in this country are really interested in reading.
      I wouldn’t be surprised it you ended up opening a Ski Shop in Hawaii!

  • John

    Dumb trick

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Damn, people really don’t like this chick…

  • chris

    please if your a real yankee fan, do not buy this book. i know a-rod has his issues, but it is evident she just wants to trash him. so don’t help her cause by giving her money. no matter what a-rod has done on-or off the field will change that he has a god given talent to be the best all around player ever. steroids didn’ make a-rod great, for if it did, i could take roids and play baseball. but i can’t, cause i don’t have that gift. god gifted me to be a great chef. everybody is put on this earth to do something to contribute to this world. some may not be so glamorous, like a janitor, but we need everybody to do their part to make the world go round. a-rod is here for our entertainment, not for us
    hate on him cause of his success. people need to stop hating(unless it’s on the redsox) and do your part and embrace others.

    • Chris C.

      “please if your a real yankee fan, do not buy this book.”

      I’m a real Yankee fan, but that doesn’t mean I have to like AROD. In fact, I think the guy is a real turd, dating back to the day he threw Jeter under the bus while Derek was negotiating a new contract with the Yankees.

      Nevertheless, I have no plans to buy the book anyway. Not out of respect to AROD, but because I personally don’t give two shits about the guy to even have any interest.

    • Chris C.

      “no matter what a-rod has done on-or off the field will change that he has a god given talent to be the best all around player ever.”

      And that still doesn’t change the fact that he did steroids, and may well still be using HGH to this day.

      So I’m sorry, but what you do off the field CAN INDEED change your status as a baseball player.

      Selena Roberts may be a real slimebag, but by all accounts, she aint the one sho stuck needles in his ass.

    • Chris C.

      “steroids didn’ make a-rod great, for if it did, i could take roids and play baseball.”

      Good Lord. Not more of this schtick.

      “a-rod is here for our entertainment, not for us
      hate on him cause of his success”

      I think I’m more entertained by AROD’s exploits off the field, than I am when he’s at the plate! For that, maybe we should thank Selena Roberts for helping to turn him into the ultra-entertaining circus clown he is today! And Scott Boras too!
      Opting out of his deal during the 7th inning of the clinching game during the 2007 World Series was so fucking funny, it took a good deal of the sting away from Boston winning it!!

  • http://dylankidd@earthlink.net dkidd

    babe ruth: slept with countless hookers
    jfk: slept with countless hookers and marilyn monroe
    a-rod: slept with countless hookers and madonna

    who cares????????

    • Johnny

      wait, are you telling me that baseball players are often womanizing scumbags?

      Get out!!!
      You think you have a wholesome sport to follow, and then something like this comes out. Next thing you know, we’ll be hearing stories about how they stay out late drinking and gambling all the time, and taking amphetamines to play through hangovers.

      • Chris C.

        “wait, are you telling me that baseball players are often womanizing scumbags?”

        You’d actually be surprised at how few of them actually are nowadays. And that reason is, because unlike AROD, most atheletes are bright enough to realize that the camera does follow them around off the field too, and contrary to what used to be believed, being famous does not mean their image doesn’t show up on paparazzi film.

        Hugh Grant getting caught being blown by a hooker was a wake-up call for all celebrities. That was like the first time a guy got caught, and his PR firm couldn’t get him out of it.
        That scared the shit out of famous people.

  • Rob S.

    I’m pretty sure that Selena Roberts would be considered an UN-authorized biographer.

  • Hawkins44

    I watch her on the Sports Reporters… she needs to get laid. Lupica, Ryan, they all think they’re as relevant as the athletes they cover. I do like Bob Ryan though, he cracks me up.

    • Chris C.

      “Lupica, Ryan, they all think they’re as relevant as the athletes they cover.”

      They are relevant. You were watching the sports reporters, weren’t you?

      People who don’t view themselves as “relevent” will never get anywhere in life.

  • Frank

    Crazy bitch!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      That’s two such comments from you. Stop it. Now.