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Dear dimwit on the phone

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Starman, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    I don't know what the internal procedures are, but it was a big rivalry game so the AD and at least a couple of principals or vice principals were there. The AD is also a former coach, fairly young, so I'm sure whatever internal discipline will be done is a formality. They saw how ridiculous it was.
    The shitty part is that the state association assesses a $350 fine for any coach that gets ejected. The coach has to pay that out of his own pocket. Not putting it in my game story isn't going to get the coach a refund, though.
  2. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    I'll defer to any of the working refs/rules experts on this board, but per what I've been told, a team can keep playing with just one player on the court until it has to inbound the ball. Seen a few 5-on-4 finishes, but that's it.
  3. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Alabama finished a game last season against Minnesota 5-on-3, didn't it?
    What happens if they do get down to one? Or none? Do they have to forfeit, or is there some provision to keep two on the floor? Like every foul thereafter is a technical?
  4. Della9250

    Della9250 Well-Known Member

    Is that better than the aftermath that's coming when your coverage area gets shrunk after the fact and your all-area team isn't going to include those schools, especially after they came in for pictures.
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  5. MNgremlin

    MNgremlin Active Member

    We've received a number of complaints this season asking why we just focus on the teams in our coverage area in our stories and briefs, even going as far as asking if we think our readers are too unsophisticated for info about teams outside of the area.

    No, dummy. If we had all night to put together this info, we probably could. But we've got just 1-3 people nightly who cover their own game while one other part-timer handles the bulk of the roundup for our 11 area schools. Varsity games don't get started until close to 7:30 most nights so most results start rolling in around 9, and the section has to be sent to press by 11. Not a lot of time to spend worrying about kids from schools we don't give a damn about. Plus, those schools don't send us game stats, so we have to hope the local team's 7th and 8th grade statkeepers were paying attention when their team didn't have the ball.

    But of course, that wasn't our response. We caved.
  6. Della9250

    Della9250 Well-Known Member

    That won't happen with me. cutdown was due to subscribers / where ads come from
  7. Kolchak

    Kolchak Member

    Was skimming through an article online about the region's #2 college softball team, and the first response in the comment section is someone bitching about how the article is proof that the paper doesn't care about covering the region's #1 college softball team because it wasn't about them.
  8. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Ah, this is one I've wrestled with a couple of times, in different ways. If you're working for the Podunk Gazette Podunk High is making a run at a playoff spot, you need that Springfield-Shelbyville (both outside the area, but in the same league as Podunk High) score to see where Podunk High lies in the standings. Don't have to staff the game, but a call or two or a quick check of the web can get you that. If staffing all the games of teams in Podunk's league takes away from covering other schools in your area, then, too bad for those who want comprehensive leaguewide coverage.

    At one stop, one season we had about a half-dozen kids who enrolled at Springfield Catholic, a good 40 or so miles out of our area, but a few parents wanted stories on the games. Sports editor finally worked out something where we'd highlight the local kids in the roundup. After I left sports there, I heard some administrators at a small school maybe 25 miles out of town thought we should run things on their games since they lived in town. That was rejected, and rightfully so.
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