Does the Media have to much of a presence in the sports industry?
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This week we have multiple Back Sports Page Contributors to give their insights to our questions.
Does the Media have to much of a presence in the Sports Industry?
Ryan Morik (Beast of The East Sports): The media has to cover athletes, but I do wish the media would rather release more accurate information than be the first to say something. Remember Wilmer Flores? He cried on the field because the media, and everyone else, knew about the trade before him. Their presence is needed, but sometimes, their unethical moves make it seem like their presence is too much.
JD Mowery (Back Sports Page): Although I can appreciate sportscenter, you could lose about half of the nonsensical shows that cover what the internet feels is important adversely to what is happening on the field.
Steve Saunders (Back Sports Page) The question says it all. The "sports industry" is the worst thing to happen to athletic competition since betting. ESPN, FOX, SKYSPORTS et al have transformed sport into sport entertainment to the tune of billions and sacrificed the integrity of the game in return. Players, owners and coaches are making more money but at what cost? When referees are encouraged to "regard their broadcasting partners" before calling fouls on star players the media has strayed well offside. Also not exactly healthy to be ruining the lives of young men for viewership
Scott Thompson (Beast of the East Sports): Sports media has evolved into this conglomerate that sports fans cherish each and every day. Fantasy owners find out which players are hurt. Breaking news pops up right on your phone. The sports world relies on media to gain fans' attention nation wide. There are, however, boundaries that the media has crossed. Some may view sports media as they do paparazzi in the street of LA. Sports reporters will stop at almost nothing to get the next big scoop like for example obtaining private medical records (JPP).
Misinformation is found a lot now in the sports industry because everyone is so quick to tweet the newest blurb of info instead of making sure it's correct. I do believe that sports fans have the right to know about their teams and favorite players because that's how they continue to watch and follow their sports, but the way reporters and stations go about obtaining this info needs to be monitored.
Ashley Mayle (Back Sports Page):I guess I don't know exactly what the right answer is here. I do know the media is more prevalent in the sports arena than ever before. This is in large part due to online media such as social media. For instance, the Cleveland Indians encourage fans to Twitter during the game to post pictures of themselves in the stands. Combine social media use with the ever increasing accessibility of information through the use of smartphones and tablets, the sports industry is literally at the fingertips of the consumer.
The consumer gets a hands on experience 24/7. The consumer does not have to listen to the game on the radio. He or she can watch the game on a smartphone while in the store. Media involvement in the sports industry is always going to exist. New forms of media is always going to provide better ways for leagues to self-promote. If anything, maybe the ease of accessibility of sports may make it seem like media has too much presence.
Randy Zellea (Back Sports Page): I watched three straight days of Sports Center on ESPN and the Highlights did not start until 10 minutes into the show due to scandals and or negative news stories. I don’t care about people’s personal issues; do you need to know about the people who live down the street who have domestic issues? It’s none of our business.
Athletes are people too and have their own problems. Sports are about entertainment not about scandal. I don’t find what Ray Rice had to go through as entertainment. That was an issue that was a private situation between him and his wife that only hurt everyone involved. Ray’s marriage has improved but he is without a job in the NFL.
Athletes now have their guard up because of levels of trust. Can they really trust the people asking the questions? So instead of getting some pure organic responses, athletes are forced to be generic because of lack of trust due to the sports media landscape.
If sports focused on the highlights and the positives that the teams and players inspire then I think we could look at this differently. Right now we need to stop looking to take people down. Then it would be great!!
Matt Berkson (Back Sports Page):The answer is an emphatic "yes." However the bigger question is...Why? The answer is because we as a society emotionally subsist on sports the way someone who is addicted to food feels at an all-you-can-eat-buffett. The amount of media coverage in the world of sports is directly proportionate to the public's desire to know about it. Lord knows I love reading about my favorite teams and sports overall, but like everything else there should be some sort of balance. I don't need interviews with anyone in a locker room. In some cases I don't need interviews with anyone at all. Does anyone get anything valuable out of a Bill Belichek press conference?
At the same time even when there is media coverage of a sport it needs to be amended. Years ago when a team won the Stanley Cup the team out skate around the edge of the ice continuously handing the Cup off from player to player. Now that the NHL is trying to sell the sport more and more through the media, now players from winning Cup teams don't skate around the edge of the arena, but instead do a very limp skate of about 10 feet on only one side of the arena. Media should certainly cover a sport, but not dictate how the sport is run.
At the end of the day it's our fault that the media's coverage of sports is as expansive as it has become. If we didn't tune into press conferences, read articles, follow writer and players on Twitter, and numerous other media coverage in various mediums, then the demand would be less and thus the coverage would be less. Like any other business the goal is to profit as much as possible, and the world of sports is doing just that based on our incessant need to know as much as possible.