The 38 Studios story has been a mess since it was first announced, right up to the studio’s collapse. It turns out that the first announcement wasn’t meant to happen, though; according to documents that have been released, the meetings between Curt Schilling and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation were originally meant to be completely secret. Public revelation came only after it became clear that the Providence Journal had uncovered the meetings and was planning to run a story on same.
While Schilling and the EDC were transparent about the deal after it had been revealed, the fact remains that it was apparently meant to remain behind closed doors, possibly until the deal had already happened. It adds a certain degree of shadiness to the proceedings, not that the state of affairs needs much help to not look good.