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And, to cap it off, you're fired

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by WBarnhouse, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. WBarnhouse

    WBarnhouse Member

    Apparently, you are what you wear, especially in Fayetteville. And if you wear at Florida hat to interview the Arkansas head coach, what you are is gone.

    "A radio host with Hog Sports Radio was apparently fired Monday after she donned a Florida Gators hat at an Arkansas press conference over the weekend."

     
  2. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    This is mentioned on the Tebow autograph thread.

    No reporter should ever wear any team gear while on assignment. But it also should not be a fireable offense.
     
  3. WBarnhouse

    WBarnhouse Member

    Apologies if this is a double post; searched for the name of the person who got canned and came up empty.
     
  4. Jim_Carty

    Jim_Carty Member

    No, she shouldn't be fired.

    But wearing team gear to a presser? Just another example of how high the clown factor is in media these days (note that I don't say journalism, because very few people in the media are actually journalists these days). My first years on the Michigan beat, I never saw it more than once or twice a year. My last few years? It was a regular thing every week, usually being worn by openly partisan bloggers who were cultivated by the SID and the staff. Reap what you sow, fellas.
     
  5. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    Exactly.

    Embarrassing? Sure. Out of line? You bet.

    A fireable offense? No.
     
  6. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    I'm sorry she got fired, but if you're that stupid to wear a conference school cap to an assignment covering another, you pretty much get what's coming to you even if you are a grad from said school.

    If it had been a Michigan or USC cap, it would have been in poor judgment. Wearing something from another SEC school is just plain dumb.
     
  7. Gomer

    Gomer Active Member

    Agreed that team gear isn't a great move, but what if I work in Podunk and wear a golf shirt of my favourite NFL team once every couple weeks? I'm not covering the NFL so is it OK? Both people on my sports staff do this and I've never thought it was an issue, so long as it's not to the point of wearing a jersey to work.
     
  8. EagleMorph

    EagleMorph Member

    I think you're in the clear if you wear a hat with the logo of a professional hockey team on it to a high school baseball game.

    I can't think of a situation where a hat would even be appropriate outside of something like that. Maybe a high school football game if you're on the sideline or the press box is in the sun.
     
  9. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    Yeah, if you wear an NFL golf shirt/cap/t-shirt to cover the Hometown Heroes, you're good to go. (Wearing a jersey would be overboard for work attire no matter what you were covering.)

    But I'm not going to wear an Atlanta Braves cap to cover our local minor league team which is in another National League farm system (and I certainly wouldn't do it if they were a Braves affiliate).
     
  10. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5469343

    She says she grabbed the hat without thinking, which leads me to ask why she had it in her collection in the first place.
     
  11. Wasn't she working for the school's radio team? Definitely fireable, then, for stupidity alone. She's a UF grad, BTW
     
  12. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Closing quote from the station manager tells you all you need to know.

    However, he added, "This radio station is Hog Sports Radio. We are very biased. We support the Razorbacks 100 percent."

    I'm surprised the employee in question is a female. I can't of the last time I've seen a female media member wearing team apparel at a game/practice/etc..

    It's always a guy and they more often than not are radio guys.
     
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