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Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by dkphxf, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. dkphxf

    dkphxf Member

    At some events, you're "required" to use only certain cups that correspond with the sponsoring company. For example, if Coke is a sponsor, you must use Powerade, Coke or Sprite cups. Any ethical qualms doing this?
  2. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    You're not required to drink the courtesy beverages in the first place.
  3. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    I'd like to comment, but I'm drinking a Coke right now.

    But seriously, this is a thread?
  4. MartinonMTV2

    MartinonMTV2 New Member

    Just tape over them if they bother you.
  5. Piotr Rasputin

    Piotr Rasputin New Member

    Nothing "free" about that. Those companies pay a lot of money for exclusivity.
  6. MrWrite

    MrWrite Member

    Good to see Roy Williams checking in here on the board.

    (Seriously, though, Ol' Roy made no fewer than four mentions of the cup thing this weekend on the podium in Charlotte. Even brought his own cup up there and poured from one to the other before tossing it behind him. He is beyond ridiculous.)
  7. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    I asked an NCAA rep about this. Here is his response: "I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who munches and sips under the blanket of the very hospitality I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it. I'd rather you just said 'Thank you' and went on your way."
  8. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member


    If you feel a logo on a cup is going to corrupt you, you really ought to reexamine your standards. And to answer the next questions, I have no problem calling it the "Old Rotgut Greater Podunk Open," but at the same time can draw the line at "Podunk Youth Baseball would like to thank the following sposors for their support this season ..."
  9. MightyMouse

    MightyMouse Member

    That was pretty cool, JD. Well done.
  10. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    If it bothers you so much, then bring your own drink.

    Now, if you do that, and someone objects because it's not the sponsor, remind them that this isn't North Korea.
  11. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    Way back when I was covering this stuff, they wouldn't allow you to bring a can or bottle of anything to press row. Had to be in an NCAA cup. I asked the guy how long he'd been with the Gestapo and he didn't like it too much.
  12. Flip Wilson

    Flip Wilson Well-Known Member

    At the arena hosting two NCAA games today, where it's presently halftime of the second game, there is a stack of cups right beside the media entrance to courtside and a person watching for non-Powerade cups.

    Really, doesn't make a difference to me, except it now means there are cups of drinks on press row and not water bottles with lids. Makes the chances of spills a lot greater. My only gripe.
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